HTC Hero review

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

TODO alt text

Battery life on the HTC Hero was fair to middling, although we were impressed with a 1350mAh battery under the hood. It shows that there's probably a fair amount of processing going on at any one time when such a battery will only last around 1.5 days under normal use, as in all honesty we'd have expected more.

The htc hero battery

Actually, that's not a very fair statement, as the likes of the internet and sheer range of applications available meant that we picked up and played with the HTC Hero quite a lot throughout the day, and that's without the natural calling and texting you'd expect to do.

However, once the battery meter starts to fall, the phone quickly runs out of power, meaning as soon as the green bar begins to drop you should probably think about heading to the nearest plug socket.

The htc hero

The organisational aspects of the phone lie largely in its synchronisation with Google Calendar and Mail, with a bit of Facebook thrown in for good measure. You can observe your friend's birthdays, look at all your work schedules (if you use Google Calendars for such) and... well, that's pretty much it for the likes of organisational tools on the phone.

Of course, you can always synchronise your Microsoft Outlook Calendars too thanks to Exchange integration, but if you're looking for much beyond calendar functionality and a bit of calculation or stock information then you should probably head for the Market, where there's a whole host of extra application goodness to play with.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
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
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 Address
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