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HTC Hero review

6.7/10 AVG.
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6.7/10
Informr score
The HTC Hero currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
528 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

A lot has happened since the first Google phone arrived 12 months ago. So it makes sense for HTC to finally make a legitimate stab at upgrading the Android operating system, now that Palm has its web-errific Pre, the iPhone graduated to video (not to mention cut-and-paste!), and Motorola just unveil...

- Steven Leckart , Wired
Gizmodo

The real power of this Hero is that the best Android phone you can buy—it's everything good we said about the first Hero, but with our biggest complaint, speed, fixed—is on Sprint and its solid 3G network—making it the first U.S. Android phone outside of T-Mobile—and it's $18...

- Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo
TechCrunch

The Hero is Android perfected and it is an excellent phone.

- John Biggs, TechCrunch
Digital Versus

The Hero is a more mature Android phone. Progress still needs to be made but it is certainly the best of the phones currently using the Google OS.

- Tristan Fran├žois , Digital Versus
MobileBurn

The HTC Hero is a great handset that I thoroughly enjoyed using. Its older brother, the Magic, was great fun when I tested it a while back, but the Hero is better still and I'd happily use one as my everyday phone. It's quite something for me to heartily recommend a touchscreen device, as (being a h...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn


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Screen Size
3.2"

The HTC Hero's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7200A 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1350mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1350 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 18.5 days standby time.

HTC Hero Specs

Overview
Release date June 24, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7200A 528 MHz
Internal Storage 512 MB
RAM 288 MB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1350 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 18.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Pink, Black, Graphite, White, Brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.6 x 1.4 cm (4.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile G2 Touch

OS Android 2.1 update is available
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