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HTC Tattoo (Android Phone) Sim Free - £189.99 @ Play

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The Touch2 is getting Hot votes over here http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/583886/htc-touch-2-sim-free-239-99-play-wi Bought my attention to how much the Tattoo would be. They have very similar specs…
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The Touch2 is getting Hot votes over here
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/583886/htc-touch-2-sim-free-239-99-play-wi
Bought my attention to how much the Tattoo would be.
They have very similar specs except the Tattoo has FM Radio, G-Sensor and Digital Compass extra!

In my opinion the usability of Android blows WinMo out of the water. Its one of the best mobile OS's around.

Phone specs here:
http://www.htc.com/www/product/tattoo/specification.html

Are a few downsides to this phone however due to the lower than most android res screen and no auto-focus on camera, however i still think its better than the Touch2.
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#2
The Hero (Touch 2) has been pretty much agreed to be voted the best android phone out there (even surpassing the Nexus One) and you think the Tattoo is better? Hmmm....
#3
Moka-Bear
The Hero (Touch 2) has been pretty much agreed to be voted the best android phone out there (even surpassing the Nexus One) and you think the Tattoo is better? Hmmm....


The Hero (3.2" HVGA AndroidPhone) is not the Touch2 (2.8" QVGA WinMo Phone) as referenced in my above post.
The Hero is rebranded on T-Mobile as 'G2 Touch' , not 'Touch2'.

The Hero is an amazing phone but definately does not surpass the Nexus One.
I'm currently using a T-Mobile G1, my girlfriend owns a Hero (which has the major downside of being stuck on Android 1.5 since forever) and I'm expecting my N1 this week after having used one.

I've not used a Tattoo but am obviously familiar with Android products. I have used the Touch2 and found it a major dissappointment (I installed SPB Mobile Shell on one for a friend).
#4
spruceyb
The Hero (3.2" HVGA AndroidPhone) is not the Touch2 (2.8" QVGA WinMo Phone) as referenced in my above post.
The Hero is rebranded on T-Mobile as 'G2 Touch' , not 'Touch2'.

The Hero is an amazing phone but definately does not surpass the Nexus One.
I'm currently using a T-Mobile G1, my girlfriend owns a Hero (which has the major downside of being stuck on Android 1.5 since forever) and I'm expecting my N1 this week after having used one.

I've not used a Tattoo but am obviously familiar with Android products. I have used the Touch2 and found it a major dissappointment (I installed SPB Mobile Shell on one for a friend).


My bad, confused G2 with Touch 2. :p And Hero is getting a 2.1 upgrade in March, I believe btw. =) I'll order a Nexus as soon as they enable multi-touch. Though, rumour has it the EU release will have it from day one. Guess we will see!
#5
Moka-Bear
My bad, confused G2 with Touch 2. :p And Hero is getting a 2.1 upgrade in March, I believe btw. =) I'll order a Nexus as soon as they enable multi-touch. Though, rumour has it the EU release will have it from day one. Guess we will see!


Yeah, I keep having to tell my GF that it's not long till she gets the 2.1 upgrade (she keeps seeing me using all the cool 1.6 & later stuff on my G1).

As far as Multi-touch goes, I don't care for it much, there's Dolphin Web Browser that has it, plus a Gallery App with MultiTouch.
TBH, Nexus One is a little overpriced, i got a good hook up on mine though from a very nice AndroidDeveloper. For the money, the Acer A1 Liquid looks (about £320 atm).
1 Like #6
much better phone then the touch 2 and 50 quid chearper - bargain !!!!!

smallest android phone, my old review:
http://catalog.ebay.co.uk/77823474/r.html?_fcls=1&_uaid=54115066
#7
If I get the hero now, will it be Android 1.5 and will i be stuck with it? Is it possible to update the phone to 2.1, and is this free?
#8
jammer2209
If I get the hero now, will it be Android 1.5 and will i be stuck with it? Is it possible to update the phone to 2.1, and is this free?


The Hero is currently on 1.5 but is getting an update to 2.1 in the 1st Half 2010.
Updates are free.

Android 1.5 is still pretty awesome until it gets the update to 2.1, just that 1.6 onwards have features like QuickSearch Box which searchs the Web, Contacts & Phone for what you typing. Some apps aren't available for anything below 1.6 (e.g Maps w/Nav and Google Goggles).


If you're looking at spending HTC Hero kind of money then I'd also look at the Acer A1 Liquid (which is 1.6 from the box and getting the 2.o update soon)
http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/2494/acer-liquid-a1--sim-free-unlocked--white-
#9
jammer2209
If I get the hero now, will it be Android 1.5 and will i be stuck with it? Is it possible to update the phone to 2.1, and is this free?


No guarantees, but they might
However xda-developers will always get you the latest firmware for htc phones and android.modaco.com for other makes
#10
HTC Tattoo is the entry level Android phone.
#11
HTC said back in October that the Hero will get the updates.

Also those wanting the Nexus.... may want to consider the HTC Bravo coming out later. It is the same phoneas Nexus, rebranded as HTC. Seeing as HTC manufactured the nexus, there should be no concerns. Benefits of taking the Bravo over the Nexus in my opinion will be better availability i.e. on more networks and retail stores however will have to wait and see if my view becomes reality.
#12
I really want to move away from my rubbish Sony Ericsson W760i. The one thing that's keeping me is the TrackID feature which even works from the FM Radio too. I'd definitely move if there was Find Music/TrackID feature on these phones that could also work with the FM Radio.
1 Like #13
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

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#14
One thing to watch with this is that the screen resolution of the Tattoo is lower than that of most Android phones. When I looked into it previously it meant that a lot of apps wouldn't work.

Not sure if that's still the case.
#15
Fairly sure this isn't the Hero guys. The Touch 2 has a resistive touchscreen. I wouldn't bother.
#16
hotukdealz
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

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Never mind - maybe when your contract is up you'll be able to chop it in for a better phone like the HTC Hero or newer models when they come out this year.

Shame you cant get Flash or Multitask....but thems the breaks for being a sheep and getting an iPhone cos Apple says its the best thing around.

Hard Lines mate
#17
hotukdealz
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

http://images.zaazu.com/img/laughing-smiley-male-smiley-laugh-smiley-emoticon-000288-large.gif


which is junk..... :roll:
#18
What could you do with Flash and Multitask that you couldn't do with the 3GS? Have you used a 3GS?
#19
How does the tattoo compare with the magic?
#20
spenspuma
Never mind - maybe when your contract is up you'll be able to chop it in for a better phone like the HTC Hero or newer models when they come out this year.

Shame you cant get Flash or Multitask....but thems the breaks for being a sheep and getting an iPhone cos Apple says its the best thing around.

Hard Lines mate

Am I a sheep because I got one when they came out? :? The iPhone is the best on the market, for me at least.
1 Like #21
agnes
How does the tattoo compare with the magic?


This is more basic than the Magic but only really to do with the screen.
It has a smaller screen that is resistive rather than capacitive. The screen res is also lower.

The lower screen res means some Apps on the Market wont work, but most of the mainstream apps do work now.

The Tattoo has SenseUI rather than just being a Stock Android UI like on Magic.

The Tattoo also has FM Radio where as Magic doesn't.
1 Like #22
agnes
How does the tattoo compare with the magic?


I have the Magic and love it, best phone I've ever had, only real drawback is that it is only available in white (although lots of colours available on eBay).

Tattoo is the entry level phone with a lower res screen and different (cheaper) touch screen technology.
#23
hotukdealz
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

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#24
Thanks a lot to the two posters who gave me info on the magic - I have repped you both. I wish it was available in black over here but I think I may get a white one and buy a skin. I'm due for an upgrade on vodafone and was wondering what to go for, you've helped me make up my mind! :thumbsup:
#25
unconfirmed
What could you do with Flash and Multitask that you couldn't do with the 3GS? Have you used a 3GS?


iphone 3GS does not support Adobe plash like the HTC Hero does....if you dont know what Adobe Flash is, Google it !

You can multitask on a HCT Hero...you cant on an iPhone
#26
Where's the cheapest place to get nexus 1?
#27
Thanks Spenspuma

I know what Flash and Multitasking IS/ARE, but why would you miss it on the 3GS?

I'm baiting BTW so good luck ; )
#28
I've had my G1 about a year now and it's started to show it's age, getting a bit slow and laggy. So yesterday I bit the bullet and loaded the Cyanogen ROM and it's been transformed. Not only is the phone far more responsive, but I now have some of the Android 2.0 features as well as the ability to tether to my netbook.

Android is a fantastic OS, easy to use and "finger friendly". On top of that, there is a dedicated team of hackers that produce better custom roms than Google and HTC. Just visit xda-developers.
#29
spenspuma
Never mind - maybe when your contract is up you'll be able to chop it in for a better phone like the HTC Hero or newer models when they come out this year.

Shame you cant get Flash or Multitask....but thems the breaks for being a sheep and getting an iPhone cos Apple says its the best thing around.

Hard Lines mate


Hee Hee, I love stirring up a debate. My Iphone is on Tesco Pay & Go so no contract and Free Interneto. Personally I think Iphone is the most sorted phone on the market, I think the others are catching up but not there yet. Its interesting to see the New Windows and Android phones coming, its going to be a big year for Smartphones. :thumbsup:
#30
hotukdealz
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

http://images.zaazu.com/img/laughing-smiley-male-smiley-laugh-smiley-emoticon-000288-large.gif


I feel sorry for you.
I had one of those rubbish single tasking phones for 3 weeks, then gave it back
#31
nigelwill
I've had my G1 about a year now and it's started to show it's age, getting a bit slow and laggy. So yesterday I bit the bullet and loaded the Cyanogen ROM and it's been transformed. Not only is the phone far more responsive, but I now have some of the Android 2.0 features as well as the ability to tether to my netbook.

Android is a fantastic OS, easy to use and "finger friendly". On top of that, there is a dedicated team of hackers that produce better custom roms than Google and HTC. Just visit xda-developers.


If I were you I'd also try out.

Super D 1.6 (it's super fast and stable - i prefer to CM)
or
xRom Eclair (is really good and has all the 2.0 features)
#32
I agree wi above. Don't be fooled by these people on here dissing the iPhone. The nexus 1 is the only phone that can match the iPhone even so I would still wait a year before I get a nexus just as when the iPhone 2g First came out it wernt much cop, so google can iron the bugs and more apps. Don't get 1 of these phones cause they like a nexus or iPhone. They £100 or so pound cheaper for a reason.
#33
I have an iphone 3GS which I think is great sometimes and not so great at other times (eg battery life and doesnt get a great signal).
Not sure what the big deal is with multi tasking, just trying to think when that is useful??
I can start an email and then go and do something else and come back to it, multi tasking?
#34
Jimmyboy
I have an iphone 3GS which I think is great sometimes and not so great at other times (eg battery life and doesnt get a great signal).
Not sure what the big deal is with multi tasking, just trying to think when that is useful??
I can start an email and then go and do something else and come back to it, multi tasking?


The multi-tasking issue is blown out of proportion by Android Fan-Boys really.
For me the main draw of Android is its UI with fully customisable pages.
Which includes Live Widgets (eg, FaceBook Status, Twitter, News, Weather etc), Folders, Shortcuts to apps, contacts, menus.

(Although the live widgets on the desktop is an example of Multi-tasking its not really essential)

The iPhone Multitasks at what it needs to, playing music whilst browsing the web.
#35
i have the htc hero and love it, but the feature i think it lacks from the iphone and even the ipod touch, is its backup facility!
when you upgrade the ROM from the HTC website it even tells you to backup your data etc before running the ROM upgrade but they offer no backup facility!!!
#36
greyster
HTC said back in October that the Hero will get the updates.

Also those wanting the Nexus.... may want to consider the HTC Bravo coming out later. It is the same phoneas Nexus, rebranded as HTC. Seeing as HTC manufactured the nexus, there should be no concerns. Benefits of taking the Bravo over the Nexus in my opinion will be better availability i.e. on more networks and retail stores however will have to wait and see if my view becomes reality.


Personally i'd consider the better availability as one of the negatives. That's why I got the google branded version.

Looking at the contract prices of the likes of the HD2, which is similarly spec'd, I wouldn't say a google N1 + Sim only contract (mine is £11/month using the O2 quidco deal) is that much more then you'll pay for the Bravo on contract.

When you factor in:

- You get it a few months earlier
- You have a few months of relative exclusivity
- It will likely have better residuals
- You won't be stuck with a long contract (generally 18 months plus if you want price pariy with offline + sim only deal with quidco).
- I imagine google would want the HTC version to be discernably different in colour scheme and branding atleast.

I would say you are better of getting it now from Google, then holding out for a few months. I only really feel its worth holding out if you are prepared to wait for this generation of HW to propogate out and become the mainstream. Because at that point if you're not too selective about the handset you will be able to pickup a decent deal. That is likely to be 4-5 months away IMO, by which time I suspect the iPhones specs will be bumped to match.
#37
spruceyb
The multi-tasking issue is blown out of proportion by Android Fan-Boys really.
For me the main draw of Android is its UI with fully customisable pages.
Which includes Live Widgets (eg, FaceBook Status, Twitter, News, Weather etc), Folders, Shortcuts to apps, contacts, menus.

(Although the live widgets on the desktop is an example of Multi-tasking its not really essential)

The iPhone Multitasks at what it needs to, playing music whilst browsing the web.


I've moved from a 3GS to an N1, the main draw being the higher res screen. And the fact I can swap out without putting much money in (the iPhone residuals are staggering considering the number of devices out there :?). Multi tasking is way, way, way down the list of concerns.

As you say the 3GS can actually multi-task, so clearly its a fanboy argument to suggest it cant. What it can't do is run multiple Apps at the same time. IMO there is only one instance where the vast majority of people would want to run more then one app at a time. And that is when you're using an Instant Messenger. You can have notifications, but obviously thats not as good as being able to seamlessly switch back and fourth between your IM conv and game for example.

I get the feeling Apple will add a customisable (by means of widgets) home page, as thats clearly one of the advantages Android has. In most other area's I think Apple are actually better then the competition right now and that is why they are attracting new people to smart phones. Even as someone thats had several smartphones, I'm apprehensive about going back to an OS which requries more effort on my part. I can never see my girlfriend doing it, for who'm the iPhone is the only smartphone she's owned (or shown interest in, despite having access to many of my phones). I hope the other's catchup though, as competition is good for us consumers :)
#38
hotukdealz
I have an Iphone 3GS, Na Na Na Na Na

http://images.zaazu.com/img/laughing-smiley-male-smiley-laugh-smiley-emoticon-000288-large.gif


Bully for you, i have an HTC Hero (Teflon White nice over crappy iphone plastic, ps what ever happened to apple using new materials and colours??) and an Ipod touch 3G i have best of both worlds!
#39
htc tattoo or nokia 5530 xpressmusic phone??? (its ok my girlfriend wants to know lol)
#40
shatpank81
htc tattoo or nokia 5530 xpressmusic phone??? (its ok my girlfriend wants to know lol)


Think you answered your own question, rhetorical?

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