Excerpt: The HTC hero is the first Android smartphone we have tested at Geeky Gadgets that features HTC's Sense UI, and it was HTC's first smartphone to feature the Sense UI, the version of Android on the HTC …
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Conclusion: When it goes on sale on Oct. 11, the HTC Hero could rescue Sprint – this is easily the best iPhone-like handset the carrier has ever had. But the handset’s biggest drawback is its sluggishness – it doesn’t react as instantaneously as other phones.
Summary: It took almost a year, but at last Google's Android operating system seems to have grown up. That's thanks to the HTC Hero, the latest Android-based smartphone, and the first in the U.S. to run on a network other than T-Mobile's.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a viable alternative to the iPhone/Palm/Blackberry 3-way strangle-hold on the smart phone market then you could happily start with the Hero. The battery life puts other smartphones to shame and whilst Google’s open source Android operating system hasn’t set the world on fire...
Summary: Inevitable comparison : The HTC Hero is a good phone, but it’s not where the iPhone 3Gs is, in terms of reactivity and speed. On the other hand, the platform is more open. so you might find apps that don’t exist on iPhone.
Conclusion: We’ve been using the Hero for several weeks now to get a good impression of what the device really had to offer. As each day goes buy we are more impressed with the device and its performance. The battery life was our biggest concern, but that issue has been addressed.
Pros: Android offers quite a few options, and HTC’s Sense UI gives the user control over almost everything, Great feel and build quality, Responsive display, Very good battery life, Good call quality, Great social network integration
Cons: Some lag is still present, We’d have preferred a display with more colors