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Good: biblical customizability, brilliant apps, awesome feature
Bad: a little hard to use for complicated tasks
Good: Touch screen, Fully customisable interface, Android Market feature, Trackball
Bad: Battery life, Sluggish on occasions but should be rectified on next ROM update, No camera flash
Comment: Pleased with the phone, the Android Market has lots of add ons that are ever growing which enhance the functionality and features of the phone. This was my first full touch input phone and I was worried about not having a slide out keyboard but I got used to it relatively quickly once I calibrated it. The fully customisable menu's (of which there are 7!!) are brilliant and it will take you ages to get the perfect one but that adds to the fun you will have with this phone. Although some people say it's not as good as the iphone (and never will be), this is definitely a close competitor and would recommend it for those that want something different.
Good: The user interface,'customisability, and 'live-linking' to so much online, have quite simply transformed the way I use my mobile phone!
Bad: Even with the "TasKiller Full" App, it can be difficult to manage what applications are running, and hence, keeping the phone running as smoothly as I'd like.
Comment: I was extremely pleased with my Hero when it arrived, and it really has changed the way I use my mobile phone, but I did occasionally become frustrated with it's sluggishness. But since installing the ROM upgrade (available directly from the HTC website) I noticed a real improvement, and now couldn't be happier with the phone.
The user interface, and its customisability, really make this phone; I'm not going to ramble on about it, you really just have to try it! Some Apps can be a little slow to load but not enough to deter from the overall experience (I have been living with the phone for 5 months and if it was going to annoy me, it would have by now).
The build quality feels good, definitely robust enough to outlive the standard 18 month contract. The touch screen is very responsive and my only complaint would be that there seems to be a small margin just around the edge which doesn't respond, but once you twig to this it isn't an issue. The stills and video camera are a bit rubbish (my last phone was an N95 8GB, and the camera on my Hero really doesn't stack up against the N95), but realistically I only use it to capture the occasional curiosity rather than anything important, so it isn't an issue for me.
Some Apps that I would recommend to make the most out of your Hero would be TasKiller Full, Power Manager Full, and MyBackup Pro. And finally, one App that I use regularly is NewsRob. This App downloads articles from your Google Reader account (any RSS feed, such as news sites) to your handset, ready for you to read, and saves you trawling the internet to read your favourite sites; which is extremely useful if you frequently travel out-with 3G areas.
Good: Functionality, 'customizability', looks fantastic
Bad: The camera is pretty pants compared with much lower end phones.
Comment: I've had the phone now for a few months. First thing though- don't listen to people who say its sluggish. It IS a bit slow 'out of the box' but as soon as you update it to the latest HTC ROM it runs like a dream- even with multiple applications running at the same time. I've used an IPhone before and this knocks it for 6 and has so many more features and tweak available. Basically the HTC Hero is the thinking persons IPhone. If you want something just like every other person has- get an IPhone- I'm sure you'll be happy. If not- if you want something a bit different and want to rub it in the noses of your IPhone worshipping friends- get a Hero, they are worth every penny.
Good: Very user-friendly, the trackball
Bad: A camera phone without a flashlight
Comment: This is without question the best mobile phone I have ever owned since my LG Viewty retired last year in November. I wanted to purchase a phone with Wi-Fi integrated so I could access the internet away from my PC and, although my intentions were laid out purely on the iPhone 3GS, in the end I chose HTC Hero from Orange and I don't regret that decision a single bit (I managed to get Hero on a surprisingly cheaper contract and phone-charge than I could have ordinarily for the iPhone).
I'm glad HTC chose Android over Windows Mobile OS considering all the reviews I've read over the internet about it. You'd want an OS that's welcoming, inviting and just very much accessible for the user. From what I've seen from Windows Mobile, unfortunately I still feel Microsoft haven't yet clearly understood what people want to see in a mobile phone.
The trackball is a genius: when you receive a text message, an email or a phone call, the ball lights up in an ambient manner which came as a surprise to me as I wasn't aware of this feature from the CNET UK review.
The only thing I don't like about the HTC Hero is the fact that HTC haven't packed in a flashlight to accompany the camera and camcorder which means if you're going to take a picture or video in the dark or a poorly lit area, you need an extra source of light. This might account for the fact that the Hero uses up a fully charged battery within 3 days - that's if you leave the Wi-Fi on as well (my LG Viewty could last a whole week fully charged).
The other problem is establishing a connection between the phone though Bluetooth; although you can pair the phone with a secondary source, the part where connection is concerned is slightly difficult.
Many people claim that the bendy part at the bottom of the phone is an unpleasant feature, but I find this to be fitting to the phone. I have occasional pain in both my hands and the bend on the phone doesn't discomfort my hands in any way whenever I choose to use the trackball or the buttons, so it's user-friendly for people with arthritis in their hands.
And yes, sometimes, there is a problem where you need to use the buttons more than the touch-screen and it would have been so great if HTC or Android integrated added functions where it would have been possible to carry out most of the actions from the phone's touch screen rather than having to continuously press the buttons.
Overall, I thought the Hero is terrific; I find the OS to be very welcoming and accessible. The fact that you can seamlessly navigate through the phone without any problems (apart from the occasional sluggishness) is what makes this phone a truly impressive companion.
Good: Looks good
Bad: Unacceptably sluggish
Comment: After a few days with this phone, I noticed that the performance is very poor- the hardware simply cannot support the software at any good speed. Typing a text message on landscape is infuriatingly slow and many animations aren't remotely smooth. Music stutters frequently with the built in music player which is, in my eyes, unacceptable. Not happy I'm stuck with this phone for the next 22 months.
Comment: Totally Rubbish wish i hadn't got it!
Comment: absolute rubbish so unresponsive and slow truggles to keep up changing screens on HTC Sense UI. It is the worst phone i have ever had!
Good: The keyboard input which if u miss type it will give you options of what you are trying to type
Bad: twidroid but maybe just me
Comment: In addition to this i would say all that buy this phone or get on contract, download waze from the android market a very good app to show the possibilities of the android operating system which will go from strength to strenght because can any of you show me a phone where it is very easy to get an app.
As i had the orange spvc500 with tom tom mobile which i couldnt update the map as they had stopped making upgrades for my phone, so they left me behind, so hence i wont be buying any tom tom app or maps in the future as i have waze which is user generated but once everyone has added there maps to waze it will be a great sat nav for everyone .
watch this space, also download chomp sms which is very good too
here is a link you will a like if you have an htc hero and add your own reviews to get the rating excellent
As this is the best phone i have ever used also had a nokia in the past but nothing can compare to this phone not even the iphone imho.
Good: The OS, the looks, screen size, touch screen and more
Bad: Nothing, it is perfect
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