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The HTC Hero is the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone, a touch-screen device launching in 2009.

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Pros

3.5mm Headphone Jack.

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Expandable memory (Up to 16GB) via microSD slot.

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Support for (even fullscreen) Flash.

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Is not restricted in the media formats it can play, which means (unlike the iPhone) there is less time-consuming file conversion !

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great integration in social networks

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The majority of the apps in the Android Market Place are Free !

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5 megapixel camera

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Text reflows when you zoom in the browser so you don't have to scroll left-to-right

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video recording

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Highly customizable - including time-responsive themes (work, weekend, etc.)

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Has familiar "call" and "end call" buttons

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First phone to feature the HTC 'Sense' User Interface

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Automatic adjustment of screen brightness using light level sensor

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Trackball that doubles as an alert beacon

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Has the most immaculate and original look.

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Microsoft Exchange integration

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Recently release firmware update which completely removes lag and sluggish behavior

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new update coming to fix performance and add java

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Just cool and cute.

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Isn't Apple !

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WIFI support, excellent integration.

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GPS is fast & accurate.

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Internal compass is accurate, and easily incorporated into software.

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Gyro-sensors are easy to calibrate (one button calibration), and are very sensitive, making games & other applications very responsive.

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Is affordable.

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Touch-screen supports multi-touch zooming of web pages, etc.

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Fantastic battery life.

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First real IPhne alternative on the market

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Open source applications, great software development suite, easy to install and use free software.

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Astonishingly huge battery life.

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Cons

No camera flash.

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need a better processor

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no physical keyboard

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The "Chin"

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Uses an older generation ARM 11 CPU, considerably slower than that used by Pre and iPhone

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If you don't buy it sim-free you will wait too much time to install the android updates

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battery life not as good as iPhone

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sluggish performance at times - especially in comparison to the new 3GS and Palm Pre

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very slow to take photos

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no studiVZ integration

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Not all applications can switch to landscape mode. Most do, but a few cannot.

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video record quality leaves much to be desired

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Expensive when bought Sim-Free !

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The HTC Hero is the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone, a touch-screen device launching in 2009 and attempting to rival Apple's iPhone. Powered by Google's Android operating system, the Hero features a 3.2-inch multi-touch LCD display with a 320 x 480 resolution. Navigation is achieved through a trackpad and onscreen keyboard in addition to the touch screen. The user interface is highly customizable, and aims to integrate basic applications like email and text messaging with social networking services Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. The Hero enables a variety of multimedia content with support for Flash 9 (and later, Flash 10), not available on the latest iPhone. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, and microSD-expandable storage. Battery life is rated at 420 minutes talk time on WCDMA, and 470 minutes on GSM. It is available in the US via Sprint and Cellular South.

Features
  • Google Android operating system
  • 3.2-inch multitouch LCD display (320 x 480 resolution)
  • 5-megapixel auto-focus camera
  • Trackball
  • Customizable 'Sense' UI
  • Social networking integration
  • Flash support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • microSD slot
  • GSM/WCDMA data interface
  • Down-link speeds up to 7.2 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 1350 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 420 to 470 minutes talk time
Post Review
02/13/2014 11:07

nice mobile, I would also like to point out that the battery life on this phone.

Michael R Ireland
05/22/2010 06:45

Okay, we've owned this phone for quite some time now. We still love it in our house. It's super fun for playing with, but it's also fantastic for phoning with (amazing, right?). We particularly love the way google maps, GPS, and phoning are all integrated together. We still highly recommend this phone. I would also like to point out that the battery life on this phone is crazy! We get a good two or three days of fairly heavy use out of it (games, phoning, gps, WIFI all running constantly). Just a great phone.

Michael R Ireland
03/08/2010 03:48

I purchased this phone after reading a lot of reviews and handling it in the store. I would like to note that while the "chin" on it is different from other phones like the iPhone, it is by no means a detractor. I can't quite figure out why people have a beef with it really. Anyway, once you have used this phone, I think you will see there are some really sweet details that set it apart, one of which is the way the applications can cross-reference eachother.

Peteg00
08/12/2009 10:03

i doubt the iphone is going to loose ground with this guy ...

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Anonymous

05/05/2012 04:19

man this phone is good than i I phone

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