Sprint HTC Hero Review

Around Christmas my wife allowed me to use her upgrade elegibility to get myself a new cell phone.  I am the type of guy that has to have everything at his fingertips.  Well, we searched through the web, and I found a few that I liked, but I really needed a hands on approach at this.  We went to the local Sprint store, and I tried out the HTC Hero.  I have never liked to have anything that is totally touchscreen, but it was time for me to make my move.

A couple of guys at work wanted me to buy a “Jailbroken” IPhone, but I am not going to ever put my money in Apples hands.  I have been a customer of Nextel since they came out, and I had the Direct Connect since the beginning.  Most of the people I knew were getting off the Direct Connect system because there were a lot of limitations in the phones that were on this system.  I don’t like limitations.

The phone is very stylish, and sleek.  The phone is “Powered By Google.”  This means that there is a direct integration with a Google account for easier use.  Example… Your contacts get associated with your Google account.  Your Google account comes with GMail which can be accessed through the phone.  This phone runs on a 3G network.  It has a 5.0mp camera/camcorder.  There is a virtual QWERTY keyboard.

The phone came packaged with:

Phone, Battery, USB Cable, House Adapter, Book, Micro SD Card, Micro SD Card Adapter.

When you need to have access to a bigger keyboard you can just turn the phone, and everything automatically rotates.  This is nice when watching tv, emailing, or even texting.  The HTC Hero is a very light, and easy to use phone.  Every once, and a while I have difficulties with this feature, but it seems to work itself out in the end.

Being that this phone is an android phone users have access to the Android Market.  The Android Market is very similar to most other “Stores”, but it has a large collection of “Apps” that are FREE as well as purchasable.  You can also try out certain titles before purchasing them.  You can download off your cell connection, or WiFi if you want faster downloads.

I don’t like the life of the battery.  Fully charged I am not getting a whole day out of it.  If I turn on Bluetooth, or WiFi, then I lose even more time.  For the most part I can last 1/2 of a day with everything on.  The only other thing that I get annoyed with is that I need to do a “Battery Pull” @ once a day.  Blackberry phones had the same problem.

I don’t regret this move at all.  The phone will last for me until another phone comes out that outranks the HTC Hero.

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One Response to Sprint HTC Hero Review

  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.