As expected, the HTC Tattoo has gone on sale on Vodafone network for as little as £25 per month on a two-year contract, which will put it on par with the HTC Magic or the Blackberry Curve.
Announced at the beginning of September, the smartphone is an Android-based one running a fairly standard configuration. A 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen capable of showing 240x320 pixels with accelerometer plus a Qualcomm ARM-base CPU running at 528MHz, 512MB storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera, WiFi, assisted GPS, a digital compass and a microSD card reader.
As its name implies, the Tattoo's main feature is the fact that it can be personalised either with optional interchangeable covers or by altering the smartphone's default screens - the phone comes with the Sense UI. The Tattoo will target a more mainstream target audience which is underneath the more affluent, upmarket £30 plus segment.
The phone is also expected to go on sale on Pay as you go for £320 which is a tad expensive considering the specifications that it packs. The £25 per month contract (opens in new tab) will give you 100 minutes and 500 texts plus unlimited email and internet.
At first, we were impressed by the HTC Tattoo but then, the more we looked at it, the more we found out that it was more or less the same thing. A bit like encountering one more netbook that runs on the same hardware (a 528MHz processor in this case) and the same software (Android instead of Windows XP). Does just what it says on the tin.