HTC Hero

HTC Hero

With a large screen and a shape that makes it comfortable to hold, this phone is on the right lines as far as its design is concerned

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Our Rating: 95%

Our HTC Hero Review

HTC Hero

The HTC Hero is designed with personalisation and usability in mind. This phone was long awaited by gadget lovers everywhere and no wonder; with fantastic aesthetics, touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera, amongst other things, the Hero has some great features that many people were simply waiting to test out.

Most people will agree that the Hero looks and feels amazing. With a large screen and a shape that makes it comfortable to hold, this phone is on the right lines as far as its design is concerned. Many people argue that the chin of the Hero makes it less attractive and are not keen on this part of the design, although if you lay the phone face down on a flat surface you will see that the screen and the touchball will not touch the surface because the chin stops this from happening – a very innovative idea.

HTC Hero Angled

Many people consider purchasing the Hero because of the brilliant camera; 5-megapixels mean that this phone is better than some of the digital cameras that are on the market today. The camera on the Hero is so superb that you will no longer have any need for a digital camera, and with uploading your photos online being so simple on this phone you will wonder why you ever did it any other way. The only downfall of this camera is the fact that it is a bit slow in taking photos which can be frustrating for the impatient among us. The video function on the Hero, however, is not as impressive; issues such as a low resolution and occasional stalling mean that you might not want to get rid of your old video camera just yet!

HTC Hero

The Hero intends to be highly usable and has unique features such as the way it files away e-mails, notes and conversations amongst other things. This is great for people who like for things to be in their rightful place and would appreciate this level of organisation. Some people have criticised the Hero’s usability, however since there are some things which make it sometimes slightly frustrating to use. The on-screen keyboard, for example, can be a bit slow.

Despite the fact that there are some minor flaws with the Hero, the stylish design and range of applications means that many people will choose to look past these issues and the majority of these people will actually think that the Hero is a great phone and will enjoy using it.

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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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