Summary: With the HTC Hero, Android has finally come of age. It's almost the complete smartphone package now, helped no end by HTC's software rejigging and solid and sexy design stuffed with up to date hardware. iPhone, if you're listening, it's time to get up off those laurels: after two years, you've got a real contender at last.
Excerpt: (1 items) HTC’s third Android OS smartphone, the Hero , is a nice part of the company’s family of Android phones, but it isn’t without its flaws, however: Performance can be slow, video playback is unreliable, and the touch keyboard isn’t the easiest to use. Even so, the Hero is jam-packed with features, and I appreciated all of its easy customization. Compared with the European Hero, the Sprint-branded version looks like a completely different phone.
Pros: Sense UI is attractive and customizable, Ergonomic design with solid construction
Cons: Sluggish performance, Native Flash support didn't always work
Excerpt: If you’re a Sprint customer tired of listening to your rapturous iPhone-owning buds rave about the device while waiting for a decent smartphone alternative to arrive on the network, rejoice – your wait is over. Sprint’s Android-powered Hero, made by HTC, isn’t perfect – in fact, the cellular handset’s often really sluggish – but it does offer several compelling reasons to buy.
Pros: HTC Sense Android OS; multi-touch interface; outlook contact/calendar sync; visual voicemail; 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons: 5MP photos often out of focus; no flash; sluggish operation; confusing USB connectivity; short battery life (4 hrs. talk)
Summary: The Hero isn’t just another Google phone. Its HTC Sense user interface puts a wealth of information at your fingertips while making this smart phone highly customizable. At $179, the Hero is mostly competing with the Palm Pre and the Apple iPhone 3GS (priced at $149 and $199, respectively). You won’t get the robust application store that Apple offers, but you’ll have a higher resolution camera and the ability to multitask.
Pros: HTC Sense provides great selection of widgets, Highly accurate touchscreen with haptic feedback, Very good Web browser, Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV included,
Summary: I've really enjoyed my time with the
and it's going to be hard to send back the review unit.
In some ways it "out iPhones the iPhone" with ease of use and tight integration with Google and social networking sites such as Facebook and Flickr, though I do feel that the Safari browser on the iPhone offers a much faster web surfing experience. Its lack of 3G in the U.S. contributes to this slowness.
Conclusion: Being a fingerprint magnet, the HTC Hero is gaining criticism from some observers. Others have also criticised this mobile phone's average performing music player. Happy users of this handset, however, are pleased with its multi-touch and Sense UI features, which provide utmost ease of use.