Kary1987 4


Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me:

Member since:26.10.2011


Members who trust:4


HTC hero, good small android phone that has been surpassed


Can be used for so many things

Like all smart phones battery life and location of back button

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Look & Feel

Durability & Robustness

Battery standby time

Value for money

Range of features

Battery talktimePoor

Camera Quality

12 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (100%):
  1. LadyValkyrie
  2. angelboouk123
  3. AnneLorraine1
and 11 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on

HTC Hero:

I first got my HTC hero when android wasn’t really well known and the iPhone was all the rage, it is fair to say that things have come some way since then, but this phone still holds its own even if I have upgraded to a quicker and slicker android phone.

The HTC hero is a great phone and I found the experience of upgrading to a smartphone smooth and easy and now is an everyday essential.

The phone itself is light and I can easily carry it in my shorts pocket on a daily basis and don't worry about it falling out, this is something that I was particularly concerned about with upgrading from a tiny phone and seeing as I wear shorts pretty much the entire year. The screen is clear and crisp and easily big enough for my uses and since having tried both the HTC desire and the HYC sensation I can say that this screen size is the easiest on your hands to use, it is easy to reach across with the same hand as you are holding the phone whilst others like the Sensation require two hands for most uses. I don't use a screen protector and have not had any problems with marks or scratches and I think this is at least in part to the use of a resistant screen and I have also found it to be plenty bright enough even on the lowest settings and it actually bright enough on the top settings to be used in bright sunlight.

The touch sensitivity of the screen is great and it responds really well to gestures and is really easy to use, I tend to use it all of the time for zooming and playing lots of different games where accuracy is key (I’m not that good at them but this has nothing to do with the screen). The battery life of the phone is not that great and with normal use needs to be charged at least once every 2 days though I tend to do this every night, this can be greatly extended if you have constant access to wi-fi so you can turn off mobile data, charging times are hard for me to specify as I normally charge overnight but from when I have had to charge is seems to be able to get there from the nothing in a couple of hours.

The Hard buttons on the bottom are ok however one of my grievances that has been corrected in later models is the location of the back button which is a bit awkward for us right handed people to hit however once used to it isn't actually that bad. The volume button on the side is really good and the trackball works really well in games and for general navigation though again this had been left out of later models as it has been deemed unnecessary and to be honest it isn’t really missed when absent.

My phone was SIM free so I don't have any of the usual added bloatware but as with most smartphones load time at boot up is a bit slow with the phone generally taking a couple of minutes before it is really ready to use and then since the update to android 2.1 I have to be careful with my memory usage which could do with being a bit higher again like in later models. (If you want something fast booting then nothing impresses people more than the HTC Sensation).

The Android operating system on the phone with the HTC sense interface is great, everything is so customisable and the marketplace makes the uses for the phone almost endless. I use it as a GPS, calculator, timer, countdown, for research, for internet (recommend the Dolphin Browser or Opera mobile), for gaming, texting, as a phone and more.

I haven’t used the Hero much as a camera or camcorder but the footage I have taken and the pictures I have got from it have been as good as I expected from a phone, not great but not too bad, however it is worth noting that there is no flash. I also haven’t used it much as an MP3 player as I have an MP3 player for that, from what I have used it works well and the sound it generates if you are not using earphones is really good (well for its size).

I know that in the past there had been talk about smartphones not having the same reception as older phones, I can say that I have never had any problems with this phone, I have always been able to make a phone call when required and the only places I fail to get phone calls are known signal dead spots. Making a phone call is really simple, just got to the phone app, type in the number or pick a contact and hit call. So despite all the bling it is still a phone.
  Write your own review

Share this review on

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

Kary1987 03.11.2011 19:05

Thanks everyone, I love the HTC phones, I now have the HTC sensation (review in progress) and have also used the Desire a lot as my girlfriend and best mate have them.

LadyValkyrie 03.11.2011 18:32

One of my friends is literally obsessed with hers!

AnneLorraine1 03.11.2011 15:43

Super review

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for HTC Hero »

1 to 3 out of 164 similar offers for HTC Hero Show all similar offers
Bluetrade Ultraclear Screen Protector for HTC Hero Google G3

Bluetrade Ultraclear Screen Protector for HTC Hero Google G3

The protections Screen Protector Mobile are undoubtedly the best available at this time. ... more

The filters are removable, washable,
anti-scratches, dust, especially reusable.
UltraClear protection is more transparent, letting
you take full advantage of the original colors.
Protecting Mirror lets you use the device as a
mirror when turned off. PRIVACY protection
protects your screen from prying eyes. 1 piece
comes with cloth and applicator.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon electronics
Postage & Packaging:  £3.99
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 24 hours...

Katinkas Soft Cover for HTC Hero G3 - Black

Katinkas Soft Cover for HTC Hero G3 - Black

Katinkas® Design Cover black for HTC Hero G3 Hero G3

 Visit Shop  >
amazon electronics
Postage & Packaging:  £3.99
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 24 hours...

Katinkas Soft Cover for HTC Hero G3 - Clear

Katinkas Soft Cover for HTC Hero G3 - Clear

KATINKAS® - Your World Reflected! You have a brandnew Smartphone and want to keep having ... more

fun with it as long as possible? Simply protect it
with the KATINKAS® casing from shabby scratches
and damages of all kinds. Touching the precious
surface is fun every time. The high standard of
manufacturing stands for the longevity of the
product. The design cover persuades through easy
access and its high functionality. It allows
direct accesibility to the touch- screen of your
Smartphone, its controls as well as the headphones
connector. Additionally it provides openings for
the microphone, the camera and the docking
station. This custom-made case fits the Smartphone
perfectly and protects it reliably without
weighing a lot. The design cover is simply clipped
onto the Smartphones back and can be removed just
as easily. Material:TPU (polyurethane)comfortably
smooth, bendable and precious material -  TPU is a
very robust, resistant, washable and microbiotic
resistant plastic manufactured to fit perfectly
open access to all connectors and the camera The
ideal protection against scratches, dust and
splash water Roundup:access to all controls and
the docking connector  custom-made fit  opening
for the cameras lens  charging the Smartphone
within the casing possible openings for the
headset connector and the microphone Specifically
designed for Your Smartphone  The design covers
are available in various different colors and
designs. To be suited for every occasion get 2 or
3 design covers and exchange them to your liking.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon electronics
Postage & Packaging:  £3.99
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 24 hours...

Product Information »

Manufacturer's product description

HTC Hero is the first phone to embody HTC sense - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental pr...


MPN 99HHM005-00, 99HHM061-00, 99HHM073-00, Hero, 99HHM085-00, 99HHM009-00, 99HHM060-00
Product Type Android Phone
Form Factor Touch


Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Mobile Broadband Generation 3G

Show all Product Information

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of HTC Hero has been rated:

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

HTC 10 32GB

HTC 10 32GB

Android 6.0.1 - 4G - Bluetooth, Wifi

User reviews (1)

Buy now for only £ 359.00

HTC Desire 320

HTC Desire 320

Android 4.4.2 - 3G - Wifi, Bluetooth

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 62.00

Are you the manufacturer / provider of HTC Hero? Click here