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HTC Hero review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, October 4th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC Hero review

B esides the fact that HTC is the current market leader when it comes to Windows Mobile smartphones, HTC is also the first phone manufacturer to realize the full potential of the Google Android operating system. Not only was HTC the first brand to introduce the Android cell phone, it also caught an early lead over competitors with the applicability of the Android operating system. In addition to the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic, the HTC Hero is the first simlock-free Android cell phone by HTC. The HTC Hero features a special interface; the HTC Sense. HTC Sense is based on the principles: "Make it mine", "Stay Close" and "Discover the Unexpected". This allows the user to create his own environment, to conveniently communicate with contacts through multiple channels, while the innovative features make the difference between local phone and online disappear. HTC Sense slightly resembles the TouchFlo which we have seen on other models, only HTC Sense takes things just that little bit further.

HTC Hero Android smartphone review

HTC Hero Android smartphone review

 

HTC Hero smartphone review

HTC Hero smartphone review

First impression of the HTC Hero mobile phone

The packaging of the HTC Hero handset is solid and eye-catching. The package contains a small drawer hiding the mobile phone inside. The front displays a large picture of the Hero, whilst all the specifications are displayed on the back, and a large number of icons indicating the functionalities of the Android phone are found on the side of the package. Beneath the phone, the included accessories are stashed. For the HTC Hero, these consist of a battery charger, a data cable, a headset, a 2GB memory card and several instruction manuals. The HTC phone feels very solid, while its weight is reasonable. The distinctive 'chin' design immediately attracts the attention. The 'chin' adds to the ease of use, however, if you carry the mobile phone in your hand while walking around, the chin tends to get in the way and proves a little bit too present.

HTC Hero test

HTC Hero test

HTC Hero phone menu

We were already familiar with the Android operating system, however, the HTC Sense user interface looks just a tad different again. Eight start screens are available, which cannot only be filled by shortcuts and Android Widgets, but also with HTC Widgets. By default, there are several Scenes which can be used for personalizing start screens using their own Widgets and backgrounds. This allows you to create a private and a business environment on the HTC Hero cell phone. Particularly the operation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the bookmarks and the images are graphically beautifully displayed by the HTC Sense interface.

 

HTC Hero battery

HTC Hero battery

HTC Hero memory

HTC Hero memory

HTC Hero manual

HTC Hero manual

 
 
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