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? What we like Most touchscreen phones look like iPhone clones but the Hero is distinct from the competition. Our white review model came in a Teflon coated casing that feels great.
Excerpt: A review of the HTC Hero, the first smartphone to use HTC Sense, the user interface built on top of the Android operating system. The review attempts to prove that the HTC Hero deserves the rewards that it has received.
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. We’d prefer to see the remaining lag worked out, but it by no means takes away from the user experience.
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
Conclusion: It's hard not to love a Hero, the HTC Hero on Sprint in this case. It's replete with features and those features work well. HTC's customized Android is a joy to use: it's fun, efficient, full-featured and highly customizable. The phone is responsive (though it needs a reboot every 3 days or so to keep things moving quickly) and it has one of the best web browsers on a smartphone.
Pros: Great enhanced Android UI that's fun, fast and powerful. Capacitive display.
Cons: Needs a reboot every 3 days to keep things speedy.
Excerpt: HTC have really outdone themselves this time; the latest Google Android phone from the overseas Smartphone manufacturer really shows what Google is capable of in the mobile operating system stakes.
Conclusion: So, what do you think? Is the HTC Hero the much anticipated fairytale hero? The smartphone of the future? The best Android cell phone to date? It´s only the last statement that holds true, at least in our own lights. Still, the HTC Hero demonstrates the good things about getting a device that fits well into your social routine.
Pros: Different, but ergonomic design, Teflon coating that protects the device from scratches and fingerprints, Customizable and intuitive Sense interface, Excellent browser, Facebook and Flickr connectivity and functionality, Handy screen keyboards, Awesome in-call quality
Cons: Gets rather sluggish at times, Mediocre camera, Feeble video playback functionality, Bad sound quality through the boxed earphones, Teflon coating only available on the white version
Conclusion: Accessibility of internet on HTC Hero is immaculate. It might not be as polished as Safari but it has done a brilliant job by incorporating the multi touch facility from Apple along with Flash compatibility. Moreover, the smart text used can be extended or contracted to any size according to your requirement. This is a complete solution of internet that gels brilliantly with touch screen device like HTC Hero.
Boasting HTC's Sense UI, the HTC Hero is without doubt the best Android phone yet and the closet competitor to the iPhone we've seen.
Good Gear Guide.au
24 March 2010
Summary: The HTC Hero is without doubt one of the most impressive smartphones we've reviewed. The design is distinctive, the user interface is absolutely superb and it's packed with all the latest features. Unfortunately, the Hero doesn't seem to have the hardware needed to keep up with its innovative software, resulting in a sometimes slow and frustrating user experience. It remains a superb phone that is really only let down by slow performance.
Pros: Distinctive design, Teflon-coated casing, Sense UI is excellent, user-friendly and a joy to use, Android platform, fully customisable, polished Web browser, 3.5mm headphone jack, contacts integration with social networking
Cons: Interface feels sluggish at various times, on-screen keyboard is a little frustrating
Excerpt: Product: HTC Hero Website: www.htc/hero Price: Depending on contract with T-Mobile and Orange HTC is dominating the Android mobile arena, there's no two ways about it. Every handset running Google's mobile OS that's hit the shops has been from this Taiwanese outfit. Currently it seems to be knocking out an Android phone every couple of months, and doesn't appear to ease up on that rate anytime soon.
Excerpt: We started our last HTC Hero review with talk of the chin, so it seems logical to start this one at the same point. That's right, it might have quickly become HTC's signature for it's Android devices, but Sprint clearly doesn't agree. Instead from Sprint you get a flatter phone. Cosmetically this means that the button configuration at the bottom underneath the screen has changed, and overall the phone has become more rounded.