Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... of the past. When you buy your Android phone, I really recommend you take processing power into account. So the HTC Hero. A true Hero ... more
Member Name: Ellendel
Date: 10/06/12, updated on 10/06/12 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Good design, great materials, reliable, great OS, good value
Disadvantages: Far too slow
Allow me to waste no time getting to the crux of things. I love this phone, it will have a place in my heart forever, but it had one absolutely fatal flaw, and for that reason should not ever be considered as equal to an iphone.
The design is one of it's two great strengths. Some people dislike the controversial bend in the lower fifth of the phone. I adored it. It made this device feel like a little slice of the future. A "do all" device in the palm of your hand that looked and felt like something from a sci-fi program. Holding it in it's portrait mode felt so right that I was prepared to over look the slight strange ergonomics when turning it in to it's landscape mode. The design also protected the phone from table based scratches. You could slam this puppy down to terminate a call with the full force of your burning rage. It could take it. You could drop it down a flight of concrete stairs, I did... it bounced for a very long time, but the screen never went anywhere near the floor.
The phone's second strength is it's operating system. Phone OS (operating system) reviews always talk about the money that can be saved on android's open app market, and the ingenuity that it allows, they talk about the comparable fluidity of the Iphone, and they talk about the difficulty of developing for different devices on Android, but they never seem to discuss the one detail that really matters to me, the flexibility of the operating system itself. Everything on android is customisable and configurable, and most of these changes can be made without installing free, or paid for, third party applications. There are so many menu's and sub menu's of options; if you want to do something, it can be done. I used an iphone for a while. I liked it, until I started wanting to personalise that experience, and then IOS fell apart from me. I also love designing my own screens and choosing widgets. I didn't at first, but now I use it to increase my productivity and organisational capacity at work fourfold (yawn worthy I know, but critical in my life)!
Android is a particularly relevant element when considering this phone, because it was really the device that brought this blossoming operating system to a wider audience, with HTC's "touch sense" adding the required cosmetic flourishes that had been previously lacking. Unfortunately, this is where the phone also starts to fail. You see, for me, it was simply too slow. Processing power was lacking, and so the browsing experience, despite several updates, was simply never swift enough. It stuttered, and hung, and sometimes when typing a text message - the most processing consuming task of them all - the phone would be a clear 2 or 3 seconds behind you, which was extremely frustrating.
The battery life was also far from perfect, and if you were playing music and accidentally pulled the headphones out, your music would continue playing, and be shared with world at large. A shaming experience for those of us whose taste can occasionally border on the mortally embarrassing (I speak of myself)!
The lessons I learned from this phone were:
1) No-one likes the band Europe as much as I do, or finds it attractive that I sometimes listen to the final countdown on the train to work.
2) A touch phone running android needs to have at least 1ghz of processing power. I have a HTC Desire S now, and as well as rectifying the headphone problem, the extra processing power has also made lag a thing of the past. When you buy your Android phone, I really recommend you take processing power into account.
So the HTC Hero. A true Hero for introducing us all to Android, but sadly a flawed phone from day one.
Summary: A really good attempt by HTC to make a great phone
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