The style and the elegance of HTC phones cannot be matched by any other brands. HTC Hero is considered to be one of the most advanced Android phones till now. When compared to iPhone, the homescreen kit and widgets of HTC Hero was found to be superior. Hence, this phone is tough competitor to Apple’s iPhone.
Available in two colors namely white and brown, HTC Hero looks stunning with an angled chin at the bottom. It is a slim phone and weighs only 135g. The design of the phone allows you to grip it well. The trackball is placed on the chin which allows you to easily navigate through it. The HVGA display of HTC Hero is of 3.2 inches and has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The touchscreen display easily understands multi-touch inputs and the accelerometer sensor helps in automatically rotating the display horizontally and vertically.
Above the trackball, you can find the Menu, Home, Back, Send and End keys. The End key can be used for switching off the phone and locking it whereas the Menu button can also be used for unlocking the phone. The Search button gives you easy access to search any data on the go.
The micro SD slot is located on the right side and can be hot-swapped only after removing the battery cover. The internal memory of the phone is 288 MB and the external memory can be expanded upto 16 gigs. The phone lacks a dedicated camera shutter key. On the left hand side of the phone is the volume rocker. At the bottom, you can find the miniUSB port that can be used to connect the charger, headset and the data cable. At the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack.
The powerful 5 megapixel autofocus camera is located at the back. The camera comes without a flash and lens cover. The Android OS with its numerous widgets truly makes the phone worth buying. The performance of the phone is generally fast however at times it slows down to the level of frustration. The phone lags for few seconds when you access the memory card with a lot of data. The dynamic phonebook allows you to checkout all the call history, messages, emails and albums from social networking sites of the contact.
The on-screen QWERTY is good enough for writing messages and emails. The chat and email client present on the phone are Gtalk and Gmail. The video player allows you to view files of following formats: MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV whereas the audio player plays files like MP3, AAC+, WAV and WMA. You can record video at 15fps which was not expected from such a class phone.
As far as connectivity is concerned HTC Hero gives you 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 2Mbps HSUPA, wireless internet connectivity, Bluetooth and USB. The Flash supported browser will truly give you a wonderful browsing experience. You can open multiple webpages and zoom at an area of the webpage easily. Organizer applications include calendar, calculator, voice recorder, and alarm and to-do app. The Google Maps are very reliable when it comes to assisted GPS of HTC Hero.
HTC Hero may not be the ultimate smartphone but as the name ‘Hero’ goes, you will simply love this phone thanks to Android OS.
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