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37 reviews
24 positive
5 mixed
8 negative
MSRP $149.99
Release date October, 2009
Brand HTC
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The HTC Hero is the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone, a touch-screen device launching in 2009 and attempting to rival Apple's iPhone. Powered by Google's Android operating system, the Hero features a 3.2-inch multi-touch LCD display with a 320 x 480 resolution. Navigation is achieved through a trackpad and onscreen keyboard in addition to the touch screen. The user interface is highly customizable, and aims to integrate basic applications like email and text messaging with social networking services Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. The Hero enables a variety of multimedia content with support for Flash 9 (and later, Flash 10), not available on the latest iPhone. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, and microSD-expandable storage. Battery life is rated at 420 minutes talk time on WCDMA, and 470 minutes on GSM. It is available in the US via Sprint and Cellular South.

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3.5mm Headphone Jack.

Expandable memory (Up to 16GB) via microSD slot.

Support for (even fullscreen) Flash.

Is not restricted in the media formats it can play, which means (unlike the iPhone) there is less time-consuming file conversion !

The majority of the apps in the Android Market Place are Free !

great integration in social networks

5 megapixel camera

Text reflows when you zoom in the browser so you don't have to scroll left-to-right

video recording

First phone to feature the HTC 'Sense' User Interface

Highly customizable - including time-responsive themes (work, weekend, etc.)

Has familiar "call" and "end call" buttons

Trackball that doubles as an alert beacon

Automatic adjustment of screen brightness using light level sensor

Microsoft Exchange integration

Has the most immaculate and original look.

Recently release firmware update which completely removes lag and sluggish behavior

new update coming to fix performance and add java

Just cool and cute.

Isn't Apple !

WIFI support, excellent integration.

GPS is fast & accurate.

Open source applications, great software development suite, easy to install and use free software.

Astonishingly huge battery life.

Fantastic battery life.

Gyro-sensors are easy to calibrate (one button calibration), and are very sensitive, making games & other applications very responsive.

Internal compass is accurate, and easily incorporated into software.

Touch-screen supports multi-touch zooming of web pages, etc.

First real IPhne alternative on the market

Is affordable.

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No camera flash.

need a better processor

Not all applications can switch to landscape mode. Most do, but a few cannot.

Uses an older generation ARM 11 CPU, considerably slower than that used by Pre and iPhone

If you don't buy it sim-free you will wait too much time to install the android updates

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