- John Biggs , TechCrunch
The Hero is Android perfected and it is an excellent phone.
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While the OS is a big step in the right direction, the hardware feels mediocre
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 unveiled the Cliq, the first non-HTC phone to run Android.
HTC's third Android phone, the Hero, is available on Sprint in the United States. It's almost identical to the Hero released in Europe last July. And compared to previous HTC handsets (cough, the G1) the phone boasts refinements that... Full review
The best Android phone you can buy
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 $180. Plus, the required Sprint Everything now has free calling to any mobile number, not a bad perk.
The princess might not kiss this Hero because it's kinda ugly, but at least it'll actually get the job done now. If you've been waiting for an Android phone not on T-Mobile, or one... Full review
Well-built, runs a free and customized operating system
It was written that a great Hero would rise from the East. He would be clothed in the sun and his unique user-interface would redefine the user experience for countless fans of social networking and his majesty would reign over all over Android phones forever. That Hero is here, and he’s on Sprint.
I love the Hero, even in the form that the phone took in Sprint’s able hands. While the comparisons to another Sprint phone will be rampant, I’m here to tell you that this isn’t the Palm Pre and that this phone is my favorite phone, other than the phone that sta... Full review
Well-thought out Sense interface, nicely integrated with Android
Rather striking handset which features a newly tweaked interface
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 heavy texter/emailer) I've always been skeptical about using one full-time, but this is the first device that I've reviewed in 18 months that has triggered my 'I need this gadget' impulse. The mix of the fun Android UI, with HTC's 'Sense' concept sprinkled on top is surely a winning formula, and a... Full review
With the current hardware things become murky and frustrating
So what’s the wrap-up with everything that’s been said? It’s a really tough one. This for me personally was harder than just reviewing another Android handset to cross the desk because I really, really wanted this damn thing. Would I take it over the Palm Pre? One hundred percent yes. The HTC Hero effectively crushed any hopes Palm had at keeping any sort of momentum (at least in my view). Though what I’ve found, sadly, is I get more enjoyment out of using my HTC Magic or the T-Mobile myTouch 3G than I do with the Hero. Like I said, HTC’s achievements and innov... Full review
A polished and attractive device
The Hero represents a valiant effort from HTC -- though unfortunately, the company appears to have bitten off more than its last-generation hardware can chew. If this build of Android were to be loaded atop the guts of a 3GS or Pre, the performance would likely be astounding, but fused with the two-year old architecture of previous devices, it's mostly disappointing. We're not saying this isn't the best build of Android on the market -- we think it is. What we are saying is that this build is a bit too much for a device like the Hero to handle, and that makes for an uneven, sometimes frustr... Full review
A fantastic touchscreen smart phone with enough style and power to take on Apple's iPhone 3GS and come out alive
The most ambitious, polished software
The HTC Hero is as much a champion for HTC as it is for Android: It's the first genuinely gorgeous piece of hardware running Android, and the Sense UI is the most ambitious, polished software HTC has developed yet. It doesn't have a carrier in the US yet, but as Android's headline phone, it makes the just-launched myTouch 3G on T-Mobile a lame duck. It's the most important Android phone to date, since it's the first one to really give us at peek at just what Android is capable of.
The Hero is flawed, though, in ways that are truly depressing in light of its potential and how much... Full review
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