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HTC Hero review

HTC takes aim at the iPhone again - but is the Hero a hit or a miss?

As before, the Android operating system interacts well with all types of messaging, be it SMS, MMS, email (both Gmail and Microsoft Exchange) as well as IM through downloadable clients.

SMS is once again split into the conversation you've had with people in much the same way you see Google Mail displaying your conversations with people on the internet client.

The htc hero texting

Tapping out a text message is easy as well, with both a portrait and landscape keyboard on offer. The phone has the same XT9 correction for spelling as the Touch range, meaning as long as you've vaguely touched the right keys the HTC Hero will quickly spell the right word for you, like a wildly intelligent butler keeping his master out of trouble on a series of madcap schemes.

Setting up Gmail is as easy as you could want, with the phone simply asking you for your Google sign in details at the start of the process and the HTC Hero taking care of the rest.

The htc hero

Adding in other accounts is a little bit more difficult, as the phone asks you for the Exchange or POP3 settings to use other clients. However, if you don't know these a quick check on the internet will help you out and set you up in no time at all.

We actually used the internet on the phone to find said settings to join up our Microsoft Exchange email, and we managed to sort the whole thing in around 30 seconds. Failing that, you can always throw the phone at the IT guy in your office and let him or her figure it out if you're the lazy sort.

The htc hero

Sending messages from a picture or other media is easy too, with the phone automatically re-sizing the photo for the message. We were worried it might be a little more convoluted as HTC gives around a million options when trying to do the same thing on Windows Mobile 6.1, but thankfully the company has learnt which features to port and which not to.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Built-in Memory512 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.21 W/kg
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product ModelHero
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Height112 mm
Width56.2 mm
Depth14.4 mm
Battery Standby Time750 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameHero Smartphone
Processor Speed528 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number99HHM005-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

HTC Hero is our first phone to embody HTC Sense an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected.

With HTC Hero, personalization reaches a level never before possible. Rather than burying important content under layers of menus, the HTC Hero lets you put it at glance view, with a selection of widgets that can be placed right on the home screen. The widgets themselves can be personalized with a variety of designs and sizes that best match your personality.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory288 MB