HTC Hero

HTC Hero

We loved exploring the HTC Hero’s backplate and curves as they are simply delightful. We haven’t been taken by a handset’s design for some time now, which was refreshing for us.

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Our Rating: 95%

Our HTC Hero Review

HTC Hero

Design

When we first met the HTC Hero, we felt we’re on a Star Trek mission. The HTC Hero’s design is futuristic and simple. In our opinion, the matte surface and metal trim are the culprits for such a cool, sleek look and feel. We loved exploring the HTC Hero’s backplate and curves as they are simply delightful. We haven’t been taken by a handset’s design for some time now, which was refreshing for us. The Teflon case ensures maximum fingerprint prevention which is great for the HTC Hero’s general look. The HTC Hero is available from Three in a very cool looking grey finish.

Screen

The HTC Hero’s 3.2-inch touchscreen offers awesome colour saturation and brightness. We loved browsing through our photos as the images have high pixel density. The LCD touchscreen is capacitive with great, quick feedback upon the slightest touch. One of the best features of the touchscreen is its fingerprint-free surface which you won’t have to clean it up every day from accumulated fingerprints, dirt, and smudges.

User Interface

The HTC Hero’s user interface is its main attraction. Given that we are huge fans of the Android platform, we naturally fell in love with HTC Hero’s user interface. While the predecessor Android-run handsets were excellent in terms of performance, the HTC Hero puts on a real show. It is the first Android handset to support Adobe Flash and offer smooth multi-touch functionality.

HTC Hero Angled

In our opinion, what makes the HTC Hero a real winner in the user interface department is its seven widgetized home screens. They offer the user accessibility, flexibility, and interactivity. Whether it’s the Twitter widget with the live tweets feed or the email widget that lets you browse your inbox directly from the home screen, the HTC Hero ensures that the user is well taken care of. The home screens are fully customizable and configurable for certain days of the week; you can simply choose not to see your Twitter widget on a Monday to avoid the temptation of not finishing off work!

Keypad

The HTC Hero provides an on-screen QWERTY keyboard. The on-screen keys are sufficiently spaced out for better accuracy. Add to that, the predictive text mode makes texting a quick task. The function buttons on the lower panel offer great feedback.

HTC Hero

Camera and Multimedia

Knowing that the Android platform has a natural advantage in the multimedia department, we were eager to try out the camera, music player and video player.

Starting with the 5 megapixel camera, we were able to shoot impressive quality shots in direct sunlight. On the downside, the camera didn’t perform as impressively in poor lit areas. The image quality is high and rich with colour.

Music playback is one of HTC Hero’s strengths. The audio quality is warm and lucid and the 3.5mm headphone jack means you can use any standard headphones. We loved playing different music genres as each genre had a different edge to it. Video playback is just as good, we didn’t experience any lag or crashes.

Connectivity and Battery Life

The HTC Hero sports good connectivity features including: Wi-Fi, 3G HSDPA, USB, and Bluetooth.

We found the browser to be excellent in terms of loading web pages or switching between windows. The 'pinch' feature is great for quickly zooming in and out of web pages. Another superb feature is the Google Maps application, although it is a little disappointing to see that the multi-touch integration does not yet extend to Google Maps.

In the battery life department, the HTC Hero is an improvement from its predecessors. We didn’t need to recharge the handset during our work day – even with heavy testing and wi-fi surfing.

What We Liked

We liked the HTC Hero’s widget-based home screen, multi-touch touchscreen, great design, and excellent user interface.

What We Disliked

Very little really, although the lack of multi-touch integration in Google Maps in is about all we could really fault.

Our Final Verdict

The HTC Hero is a excellent phone; you get your money’s worth in terms of performance, features, and durability. We fell head over heels for its user interface and clean design. We recommend this handset to anyone looking for a great iPhone alternative as it offers the same features and performance levels.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 56.2 x 14.3 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 440 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 8GB)

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 320x480 HVGA
Screen Colour Depth 64k colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
EDGE Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

HTC Hero Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 112 x 56.2 x 14.3 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 440 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes
Accelerometer Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Vibrating Alert Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 8GB)

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Screen Resolution 320x480 HVGA
Screen Colour Depth 64k colours

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
EDGE Yes
Email Yes
GPRS Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

User Comments

Finally! A capacitive screen. It seemed like the iPhone was dominating the capacitive market. I got sick and tired from those resistive screens where your index goes sore from clicking. Kudos to HTC.

JakeAm submitted on 6 December 2009

I was always wondering if Iphone would ever get a tough competition and it's clear now. It has a flexible user interface and my search for the perfect mobile ends here for now. Great performance, great design.

Larry123 submitted on 2 December 2009

I was happy to hear it has a Gmail app. Great phone with great design. I was so happy the phone contacts are in sync with Google Contacts. Bought it on a whim, but extremely pleased with the outcome.

FionaQ submitted on 28 November 2009
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