There’s no underestimating the appeal of the HTC Hero; since I first saw it online at the end of last week i’ve been itching to get it. The third Android device to reach the market, the Hero promises not only an updated camera and design, but HTC’s latest work in user-interface, HTC Sense. While in Greece we are still limited to the 2nd Android device, the decent but old by now HTC Magic, the rest of the world is experiencing the brand new HTC Hero.
But let’s see what HTC has to offer?
From the outside, the Hero blends elements of both the device that have gone before it; the smartphone is size-wise more in line with the Magic, but with some of the angular style of the original HTC Dream (aka theG1). It’s a thin handset, measuring 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm, and feels even thinner thanks to the sharp beveling of the edges. At the moment it is offered in White and Brown Mocha, but depending on the carrier there will be charcoal and black versions of the Hero, each with the subtle brushed-metal display surround. It’s a distinctive design, with HTC persisting with the angled “chin” section, that ultimately makes holding the phone and using the buttons and trackball more straightforward.
HTC Hero has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, HSPA, WiFi b/g and GPS, together with the latest Android OS 1.5 “Cupcake”. Where it differs from HTC’s previous Android devices, however, is in HTC Sense, the company’s new UI which integrates with the open-source OS and adds numerous widgets and other usability improvements.
The phone is slim and sexy with a great UI – one of the best I’ve seen on a smartphone and it’s quite snappy, a huge improvement over my experience with the G1. Here in Greece, we will have to wait and see who will get this for us, but up until then we can definitely order one online from UK, Germany, France and all the other European countries that have it available. The price is exactly what is expected for such a device and you might even consider this relatively accessible, given the fact that at the moment older devices such as HTC Diamond and Diamond 2 cost about the same.
Here are some links from the announcement of HTC Hero in London and some first impressions right after un-boxing it.
Well i don’t know about all of you, but I did get it and it has just arrived in my hands. So, expect more reviews about HTC Hero and even more on Andoid.