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.
Excerpt: A lot has happened since the first Google phone arrived 12 months ago. So it makes sense for HTC to finally make a legitimate stab at upgrading the Android operating system, now that Palm has its web-errific Pre, the iPhone graduated to video (not to mention cut-and-paste!
Pros: Camera flaunts touch-only zoom with tap-to-focus. Responsive touch-qwerty more or less comparable to iPhone. Battery lasts for DAYS (36+ hours!). 3.5mm headphone jack. Flash-enabled. Dead-simple USB mounting: Plug in, drag down top menu, and voila, the phone is connected to your PC. Finally, HTC ...
Cons: SD slot is only accessible by removing cover. This Hero has Flash, but how about a camera with a flash? Optional haptic feedback is about as subtle as a 6.5 earthquake. Lack of image stabilization produces videos reminiscent of Cloverfield . 340 x 280 video quality is low, and color is not up to ...
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).
Excerpt: HTC has a knack for making smart phones and the HTC Hero is possibly one of its best to date. Boasting Google's Android operating system and tonnes of features, is this the iPhone rival we’ve all been waiting for? There's no physical keypad but the on-screen keypad works like a charm.
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!).
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.
Summary: There are a few little niggles about this handset, such as the jutting lip and the fiddliness of taking pictures with the trackball. But the drawbacks are far outweighed by the multimedia and business centric benefits on offer, not to mention the possibilities the Android Market offer.