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).
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.
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!).
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.
Conclusion: The Hero isn’t a huge step beyond the Magic (exclusive to Vodafone) but there is a higher resolution camera (albeit with a poor control system), 3.5mm headphone jack and HTC’s new ‘Sense’ front-end that gives you seven panels to show widgets and other ‘connected’ information.
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.