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HTC Tattoo: Hardcore name, friendly ambitions

People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons: to publicly declare their love of their partner, family member, football team or favourite band, or purely because they look good. HTC’s aptly-named Android-based Tattoo allows punters to customise virtually every aspect of the phone, from wallpapers to apps, right down to the very hardware.

HTC will soon be launching a series of removable battery covers in a number of different colours. You’ll even be able to submit your own designs to a forthcoming website, allowing you to customise your HTC Tattoo from every angle. The HTC Tattoo is all about bringing personalisation to the masses, apparently.

The Tattoo provides access to the Android Market, where you can download thousands of backgrounds, themes, apps and games. As it’s an Android phone, the usual line-up of Google services come pre-installed on the Tattoo – Google Maps, Google Mail and good old search. The Tattoo also boasts HTC’s Sense UI, meaning no maze-like menus to navigate.

Specs-wise the HTC Tattoo features HSDPA and Wi-Fi meaning you can download apps and widgets wherever you are. There’s a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus (no flash), a 3.5mm stereo jack and memory is expandable up to a nice 32GB via microSD.

The HTC Tattoo will be available from the beginning of October. No word yet on which networks will be carrying it but we can reveal that the HTC Tattoo will be free on 18 month contracts starting at £25 a month. It all sounds good but word is that this puppy uses a resistive touchscreen which could be annoying. Expect more info when we get our hands on one.


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