I’ve really enjoyed my time with the HTC Hero and it’s going to be hard to send back the review unit.
In some ways it “out iPhones the iPhone” with ease of use and tight integration with Google and social networking sites such as Facebook and Flickr, though I do feel that the Safari browser on the iPhone offers a much faster web surfing experience. Its lack of 3G in the U.S. contributes to this slowness.
This device would be perfect for the person who wants to stay connected, but with a minimum of fuss. The built-in applications are so comprehensive as to supply almost anyone’s needs, though the Android Market is also available for more specialized situations. It obviously doesn’t compare to the vast multitude of applications available on Apple’s App Store, but that also means that you won’t have to wade through a ton of junk to find what you really need.
All in all the device simply works, but you’ll have to have deep pockets if you want one for yourself, as the current price for the unlocked version at eXpansys runs roughly $566. But if you’re willing to lock yourself into a two-year Sprint contract you can get it for $180 with mail-in rebate.
- Great display
- Very fast response; I never felt like I was waiting for the phone to catch up to my wishes, except when using the web browser
- Well integrated with Google, Facebook, and Flickr
- The GSM version has an extremely high cost since there’s no carrier subsidy in the U.S.
- This version’s “Bent” bottom form factor takes some getting used to — it feels comfortable in the hand, but not so much in the pocket
- External speaker is adequate, but for music you’ll really want to use headphones