Video Tour: HTC Hero
Sep 16, 2009, 11:00 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Phone Scoop takes a hands-on look at the new HTC Hero Android phone for Sprint in this video. The hardware feels great and HTC's Sense UI allows for lots of personalization of the phone.
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HTC is bringing Android to Sprint in the form of the Hero. This CDMA variant of the device launched several months ago is a monoblock device that feels great in the hand. It is light weight, comfortable to hold, and all the controls work well. In fact, it has some of the best buttons I've seen on an Android handset yet. I am very happy to report that the Hero comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, which fits most stereo headphones, though it was somewhat annoying to have to take off the battery cover to get at the microSD slot. In all, the hardware feels great. The Hero is a bigger phone when compared to the myTouch 3G, but the increased screen real estate and improved 5 megapixel camera certainly offset the larger footprint.
As far as the software is concerned, the Hero runs the custom-built SenseUI from HTC. SenseUI is meant to help end users personalize their phones and access the apps and content they want as quickly as possible. There are seven different home screens for end users to take advantage of. These screens can hold apps, links, bookmarks, widgets and more. SenseUI on the CDMA version of the Hero is definitely more responsive than the GSM version and works smoothly.
The Hero is pre-loaded with a number of Sprint services, such as its NASCAR and NFL content, as well as Sprint TV. It has a capable music player, rich web browser, and ready access to thousands of applications through the Android Market.
There's a lot to take in with this phone. The good news is, it will get even better, as Google recently announced Android 1.6 'Donut". Android 1.6 will bring new features to the Android platform that are sure to make end users happy. Out of the box, the Hero runs Android 1.5.
Enough talk. Here's Phone Scoop's video tour if the HTC Hero:
Sep 3, 2009
Today Sprint announced that the HTC Hero Android phone will be available for sale starting October 11 for $180 after rebates with new agreement. The Hero, first announced earlier this year, has HTC's customized Sense user interface and tight integration with Google services such as Gmail, Maps and YouTube.
Jun 24, 2009
HTC today announced a new software interface for its phones called Sense, available on "all new HTC devices moving forward", as well as the first device to use it, an Android-based smartphone called the Hero. Sense includes a "Scenes" feature that lets you configure different modes for the whole interface, such as work mode and weekend mode.
Jul 21, 2010
Cellular South today announced that customers with the HTC Hero can download and install Android 2.1 Eclair on their devices. Aside from all the new features found in Android 2.1, (Google Maps Navigation, pinch-to-zoom, Yahoo Mail support and better battery life) the update also includes the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface, better corporate email support and a number of bug fixes.
May 19, 2010
Today Sprint informed owners of the HTC Hero that they can now upgrade their devices to Android 2.1. Aside from all the new features found in Android 2.1, the update also includes the newest version of HTC's Sense user interface, better corporate email support and a number of bug fixes.
Dec 11, 2009
Today Sprint indicated via its Twitter account that the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will definitely receive an Android 2.0 update. However, the update won't be available until some time in the first half of 2010.
Sprints hero should have Version 1.6 already.
Android 1.5 and lower isn't compatible with CDMA networks ...
Stock Android, perhaps, but HTC customizes the heck out of their phone OSes. They claim to have more Android developers than anyone but Google....
Employee discount with Sprint
Screen lock during calls????
While on a phone call, does the screen dim and lock, or can one manually lock the screen so we don't push buttons with our faces or in our pockets while using bluetooth? So call someone, and while on the phone call, can the screen be locked or dim out?
Can you answer that for me please???? Mobiletechreview says it dims for whatever preset time you have on the phone, but she didn't tell me whether this would happen during a call, even when I asked explicitly.