Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Good looking and Feature Packed.
Member Name: rjhutch
Advantages: Good looking and Feature Packed.
Disadvantages: Battery Life.
I will start with the look and build of the HTC Hero. I bought the phone in white and I personally find it very attractive. There has been many reports that the 'chin' sticks out to much, but it barley sticks out at all and sits very comfortable in my pocket. And because of 'the chin' it makes calling very easy due to the position of the microphone. On the front on there is a call, end call, menu, home, search and back button. These all light up and make the phone look like a premium phone. An annoying thing is that the back button is in a difficult position and is hard to press.
The camera is 5MP and takes some fairly good quality photos. It is let down by the fact that there is no flash. There is the option to geo-tag all of your photos (basically the location where the photo is taken). Video is OK but nothing special.
The Phone is loaded with HTC Sense, which I find so slick and easy to use. You can customise absolutely everything. You have seven home screens (basically seven spaces) to drag short-cuts to anything including, apps, 3rd party apps (from marketplace) and things such as the camera. You can also place widgets on the home screen such as pictures, big clocks, calender, facebook and twitter. You can scroll through these different home screens using the touch screen or the trackball.
Texting is really easy. The QWERTY keyboard is very intuitive (although it takes some time to get used to). However you can turn the phone landscape for larger buttons.
An built in feature to the Hero is the people app. You add your contact to the phone manually, but you can then link it to their facebook or flickr accounts. Still from the people app it pulls information such as their birthday and profile pictures. Also inside the app you can see any photos they may have.
The Android Market place has literally thousands of apps. And Unlike the Apple App store most of the apps are free and you don't need to give your credit card details until you want to BUY an app.
In my experience, the general performance of the phone is very good. In many other reviews they talk about the phone lagging, but I have NEVER experienced this. However the battery life is quite poor; On heavy usage it can only last a day. Another downside is that it takes over a minute for the phone to start up.
Summary: Fantastic Phone. Bad Battery
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