We recently brought you videos from Dave at Geekanoids who had unboxed and reviewed the HTC Hero. Having had the device in hand for a few days, he has now completed the full review.
You can read the full review HERE, but below are some of the best bits!
To kick things off, I must say that I was very impressed with the build quality. This is a sleek mobile phone
This has an ultra smooth finish with a teflon coating (the white is the only colour to have this). The special coating is meant to repel greasy fingerprints… in my tests it certainly did.
Out of the box, setting up the Hero is very simple. This handset runs on the Google Android platform. As such it is very friendly to you, if you use Google’s services, such as Gmail. Luckily I do, so tapping in my account settings had me up and running with my email in about 90 seconds. To say I was impressed with the ease of this initial setup is an understatement.
You can put shortcuts to applications, plus a whole load of widgets. Widgets are like tiny applications, for things like the weather, clocks, music, Twitter, etc. What makes this a pretty astonishing achievement is that they all ‘live update’. So, flicking you finger across to your email widget, shows you your latest emails.
The camera on this baby is a 5-megapixel offering. There is no flash, but it performs pretty well without it.
Should Apple be worried? With so many people going the iPhone way, I don’t think that they should panic. However, they definitely need to listen up.
The HTC Hero is an excellent mobile phone. It offers great build quality and design. The user interface works fine if you don’t overload it. The Android platform is quite frankly superb. If you need a smartphone for your emails, internet and social networking, the Hero is highly recommended.