HTC Hero Review

1 02 2010

The HTC hero is easily one of the best new phones out on the market now. Not only that, but it has the power to take away from the market share of the iPhone. With the power of the Android operating system, and the innovation of HTC, there is a whole lot going on under the surface here that makes this phone a heavy contender in the smart-phone market today. Granted this phone, as any, comes with its own bracket of shortcomings, they can be easily overlooked in just how much of a role this phone can play in your life. With that said, the first thing you need to take into account when entering the Smartphone market is price, and the Hero backed by Sprint is easily the best bang for your buck. For $69.99 a month you get unlimited data, unlimited text, unlimited mobile to mobile, and 450 minutes you will use if you ever call a landline. The service is right up there with AT&T and Verizon, better than AT&T some would say, and goes to show how much the other two are going through to rip the consumer off.

Enough about the service though, lets move onto the phone. One of the first things you will notice about the Hero is it shares its touchscreen with a trackball and button alternative. This is one of the best features because it is nice to have a hardwired option to contrast those precise touch operations. Its as fun using the trackball to navigate your phone as it is to us your finger, plus it takes less effort. After unlocking the phone and getting to the Home page, another fun feature is the load of Widgets that HTC has unloaded into this phone. the HTC Sense is a great featured theme with a lovely looking interface, and plenty of useful and intuitive apps and widgets. Another thing you will love over Apples operating system is that android has its own Widgets that drastically increase the functionality of your phone. Like the Palm Pre, you can multi-task on up to six applications at a time, and switch between them just by holding down the home button.

You can voice search through Google or Yellowpages, or use the Layar app to turn your camera into a device that will locate anything from Papa Johns to Walgreenz and display them in a 360 degree fashion that correlates to your GPS location. Just stand and turn in one spot and you will see the location of all the businesses that surround you as you turn.

Along with a great look and feel, the Hero also touts one of the best cameras in a smartphone available now. At 5MP and a video option, all of your (daytime) shots will look sharp, and feel great. The shots can be uploaded to almost any online service you would want, right through Android.

The only downfalls this phone has is its battery life, with a supposed talk time talk time up to 420 minutes and standby time of up to 750 hours, this doesn’t take into account all of the apps and widgets you may have running at one time. This is where a good Task Manager, like Advanced Task Killer will come into play. Keeping an eye on whats running on your phone at any point in time is a nice feature, and will reduce the demand on your phones battery. The only other issue is the lag that can come with a device that can handle so much. Once you hit the android marketplace and start downloaded all types of apps, you may start to notice a lag in your phones general operation. Once again, be sure to utilize the task manager to help keep unnecessary apps in their place, and keep your hero running nice and smooth.

All in all, the Hero is an easy buy to suggest. With all of the other options around, you can’t get any more bang for your buck than you can with this phone. Between offering a multi-touch feature, and mobile widgets and applications, you will love this phone from the moment you wake up, till the moment you place it to charge overnight.

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