The HTC Tattoo will launch next month; however, keen customers are already able to pre-order the Android-based mobile phone from Vodafone.
The HTC Tattoo is the latest mobile phone to be announced that will run on Google’s Android operating system, which allows owners of Android-based mobile phones to access thousands of applications downloadable from the Android Market.
HTC Sense interface
The phone also runs on the HTC Sense interface, which offers users a number of customisable homescreens. More about the Sense interface can be found in the HTC Hero first look video.
While Vodafone hasn’t yet confirmed the price or contract details of the Tattoo, the handset is expected to be more affordably priced than the previous three HTC Android phones: the G1, the HTC Magic, and the HTC Hero.
HTC Tattoo specification
The Tattoo’s specifications include a 3.2Mp camera, a 2.8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS connectivity. The Tattoo also has an MP3 player and radio – and a welcome 3.5mm headphone socket so you can use the headphones of your choice.
Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘We hope that the rumours about the Tattoo being a more affordable handset are accurate, as it would be great to bring the Android market to a wider market. We look forward to testing this device in our labs sometime soon’.
Android mobile phone handsets
HTC currently dominates the market with Android-powered mobile phones, but this is set to change with models from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on the not too distant horizon. A first look of the Android Samsung Galaxy can be read in our mobile phone report.
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