Previous articles in this series:
- Introduction To A Week With HTC Tattoo (Android)
- Warm-up To My “iPhone Replaced By Tattoo”-Experiment
- Day 1 & 2: HTC Tattoo, It’s Small & Slow
- Day 3: HTC Tattoo, Camera & Video Recording Quality
- Day 4: HTC Tattoo, Web Browser & Text Input
The Android Market available for HTC Tattoo is quite small compared to the market available for HTC Hero, Magic etc., I was told. This is because the lower screen resolution on the HTC Tattoo, unfortunately, means it can’t run all the applications in the Android Market. Never the less, I was able to find a nice bunch of applications and games. I can’t say for sure that there’s everything you will ever need and since I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I could just browse around and try to get a sense of what’s being offered.
When you launch Android Market you are presented with a list of Featured applications and games. In the top menu you have 3 tabs: Apps, Games, Downloads and an icon to Search.
Of course the tabs are further divided into categories, so entering Apps will give you the option of further entering into Comics, Communication, Entertainment and so on. The same with Games, only different categories. I browsed a few categories in both the Apps and Games tabs and I wasn’t able to find anything with a price tag, everything was free. Not sure why that is, but I’m sure one of you Android users can explain it to me? Leave a comment!
Installation of applications and games is very smooth, just click it and it will download and install in the background. Ready to go.
Design Your Own Cover
With the HTC Tattoo review device, I also received a voucher so I could try to design my own cover. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do it as the cover would take over a week to arrive and I only had the Tattoo for a week. It seems to me though, that it’s really easy to use and you can put pretty much anything you like, onto your own cover. Check it out at tattoomyhtc.com.
I think design your own cover is an excellent idea. We don’t see that many phones anymore where you can replace the cover and have it more personalized. The cover on the Tattoo also seemed to be a very nice fit, not squeaky or anything so replaceable covers shouldn’t really be a problem either.
It’s time to wrap up my iPhone Free Week and let the world know what I think about HTC Tattoo. There’s two things I need to mention: HTC Tattoo and Android.
Let’s start with what I was most pleased with, Android. It seems like a great operating system for mobile phones and I’m sure it will be even better when Android 2.0 is released. Android is definitely the best mobile phone operating system I’ve tried so far, next to the iPhone of course. The thing is, Android OS and iPhone OS is quite different and doesn’t really appeal to the same kind of user, in my opinion. Android gives you more options and is more advanced where iPhone OS is really simple to use and runs extremely smooth. I could easily use either one of them but I still prefer iPhone OS though.
This phone was not as pleasant as its operating system. It’s cheap and that’s a good thing. It’s small and that’s a good thing too – but at the same time it’s bad, because it means the screen is simply too small. The two worst things about HTC Tattoo is the small screen size and the resistive touchscreen technology used. It really should have been capacitive as the iPhone uses.
The CPU in HTC Tattoo doesn’t feel like the fastest CPU around either, the system was a bit slow from time to time but nothing you probably wouldn’t mind. I only noticed it because I’m used to how fast the iPhone 3GS is.
Obviously, the camera isn’t very good either. You can watch my HTC Tattoo camera review video if you like, it has both picture and video examples. But, it has a camera and it can be used every now and then.
HTC Tattoo has more buttons than the iPhone. Once you get to know them, it’s quite nice. The “menu” button is like a “right click” in most applications, giving you further options only available after having clicked the “menu” button and so it doesn’t require additional space on the screen for those extra menu items. I rarely used the joypad to navigate, because I’m such a heavy touchscreen user. I think, especially with a resistive touchscreen technology,using the joypad to navigate through certain menus etc., would improve the user experience.
I’m going to give it a rating of 4 out of 5 Apples. That rating might be a surprise after reading my reviews, but the price taken into consideration, the HTC Tattoo does a really good job. The only downsides is the screen and the slow CPU from time to time – things you might only notice if you come from an iPhone 3GS and most iPhone 3GS users probably wouldn’t buy a HTC Tattoo anyway.
In the end, I’m still an iPhone user, but I want to thank HTC for providing me with this HTC Tattoo for testing this past week – it really was a pleasure!