Sprint’s first Android-based smartphone is now officially available. The HTC Hero has been designed to help users manage their personal and work lives, offering tie-ins to a range of Google services and the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange.
Customers have a couple of options for making a purchase. This smartphone is available now on Sprint’s website, and it can also be found in Sprint stores. The Hero will also be offered by Best Buy, but it is not yet listed on this retailer’s website.
The price is $180 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
An Overview of the HTC Hero
Sprint’s version of the Hero has a rounded tablet shape, without the prominent “chin” of the European version. Like its European brother, includes a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, and lacks a hardware keyboard.
It runs Android 1.5, but HTC has replaced the standard UI with one of its own, called HTC Sense. The standard Google applications are still included, and users of this smartphone will have access to the 10,000+ applications currently on the Android Market, the on-device software store. This includes popular titles like ShopSavvy, Twitter, MySpace Mobile, Pac-Man, and more.
In addition, Sprint has added its own services, like Sprint TV.
Other features include a microSD card slot with support for 32 GB cards, a GPS receiver, a 5.0 MPx camera with video recording, plus a digital compass and a gravity-sensor.
Not the Only Option
Sprint customers who would like an Android-based smartphone but would prefer a hardware keyboard should consider waiting for the Samsung Moment, which will debut early next month.
This device will have a 3.2-inch AM-OLED touchscreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an 800 MHz processor, and an optical joystick.
For more information, read Brighthand’s Samsung Moment Preview