Summary: While it could use a boost in the performance department, the HTC Hero is the most feature-packed Google Android device to date, bringing some notable improvements and a highly customizable interface.
Pros: The HTC Hero offers a highly customizable user interface thanks to HTC Sense. It also improves on past Android devices with Outlook e-mail, calendar, and contacts synchronization, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 5-megapixel camera. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support are all onboard.
Cons: The smartphone can occasionally be sluggish. Flash content didn't always work from the Web browser. Apps must still be downloaded to the phone's internal memory. Media syncing software would nice, as would be a file manager.
Excerpt: This is HTC’s second Android powered handset to be launched in the country and in quite a short span. In fact they managed to launch two Android handsets before any of their competitors which, in my opinion, is a big deal. The initial model the HTC Magic that was launched exclusively with Airtel was, in my opinion, a disappointment to say the least and more so considering it was officially my first experience with the OS.
Excerpt: The HTC Hero is a path-breaking smartphone that introduces the HTC Sense technology to the Google Android operating system. HTC Sense promises to take the Android's user-experience to the next level. With features such as multi-touch and wide screen, it is little wonder that the HTC Hero is being talked in the same breath as the Apple iPhone. The first thing that strikes you about the HTC Hero is its unconventional design.
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. Still, there are a treasure trove of enhanced operational gems buried inside just waiting to be joyfully discovered.
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.
Summary: T he combination of HTC and Google Android makes the Hero mobile phone a genuinely new experience. The Magic HTC already gave us a hunch we were witnessing something significant of which we would see much more in the future. And no doubt, HTC now takes things a step further with the HTC Hero, and the HTC Sense interface proves that the user has been focused on.
Excerpt: A lot has happened since the first Google phone arrived, so it makes sense for HTC to make a legitimate stab at upgrading the Android operating system, now that Palm has its web-errific Pre, the iPhone has graduated to video (not to mention cut-and-paste!). HTC's third Android phone, the Hero, boasts refinements that make it superior, at least on paper to the first two.