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HTC Hero

HTC Hero is the first phone to embody HTC sense - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close...

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Review of "HTC Hero"

published 02/11/2011 | Kary1987
Member since : 26/10/2011
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Pro Can be used for so many things
Cons Like all smart phones battery life and location of back button
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"HTC hero, good small android phone that has been surpassed"

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.

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  • Kary1987 published 03/11/2011
    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 published 03/11/2011
    One of my friends is literally obsessed with hers!
  • AnneLorraine1 published 03/11/2011
    Super review
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Product Information : HTC Hero

Manufacturer's product description

HTC Hero is the first phone to embody HTC sense - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected. With HTC Hero, personalization reaches a level never before possible. Rather than burying important content under layers of menus, the HTC Hero lets you put it at glance view, with a selection of widgets that can be placed right on the home screen. The widgets themselves can be personalized with a variety of designs and sizes that best match your personality. With scenes, a profile feature, HTC Hero becomes multiple phones in one. Create and switch between scenes that reflect different moments in your life. Your Hero becomes a weekend phone that helps you relax with your choice of tunes, catch up with your favorite friends and capture some memories with HTC Footprints. And when you go on a trip, your phone becomes your personal guide and gives you instant access to local time, weather and maps.

Product Details

Product Description: HTC Hero white - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Hero urban brown - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Hero brown - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Hero 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Hero silver grey - 3G GSM - Android Phone, HTC Hero absolute white - 3G GSM - Android Phone

Product Type: Android Phone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Form Factor: Touch

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.6 cm x 1.4 cm x 11.2 cm, 56 mm x 14 mm x 112 mm

Weight: 135 g

Colour: White, Urban brown, Brown, Silver grey, Absolute white

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Display: LCD display - colour - 3.2" - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Operating System: Google Android

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Supported Memory Card: Micro SD Card

Talk Time: Up to 470 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 750 hours

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook

User Interface: HTC Sense


MPN: 99HHM005-00, 99HHM061-00, 99HHM073-00, Hero, 99HHM085-00, 99HHM009-00, 99HHM060-00

Product Type: Android Phone

Form Factor: Touch

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver

Width: 5.6 cm, 56 mm

Depth: 1.4 cm, 14 mm

Height: 11.2 cm, 112 mm

Weight: 135 g

Body Colour: White, Urban brown, Brown, Silver grey, Absolute white

Aerial: Internal

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Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified

Operating System: Google Android

Input Device(s): Touch screen

Phone Navigation Buttons: Trackball

User Interface: HTC Sense

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Messaging & Data Features: Macromedia Flash support

Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook


Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

Wireless Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, WMV, H.264, H.263



Clock Speed: 528 MHz


RAM: 288 MB

ROM: 512 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Navigation System

Navigation: GPS receiver


Type: LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT

Diagonal Size: 3.2"

Display Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels


Connector Type: Data port - 11 pin HTC ExtUSB


Technology: Lithium Ion

Capacity: 1350 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 470 min ¦ Standby - up to 750 hrs


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Phone Features

Additional Features: Integrated digital compass, Widgets support

Sensors: Accelerometer

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call


Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock


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