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HTC Hero Sim Free Android Smartphone (discontinued by manufacturer)

by HTC
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  • 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen
  • 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus
  • Customizable interface
  • Full-featured mobile browser that displays Flash-based sites


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 5.6 x 1.4 cm ; 150 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Item model number: A6262WHEU
  • ASIN: B002BWPWRQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Jun 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,668 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

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.

Use Scenes to create different screen arrangements that reflect different aspects of your life. Each Scene is like having a separate phone for your work, play or travel life.

Make it Mine

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.

With Scenes, a new profile feature, HTC Hero becomes multiple phones in one. Create and switch between Scenes that reflect different moments in your life. Your Hero becomes a weekend phone that helps you relax with your choice of tunes, catch up with your favorite friends and capture some memories with HTC Footprints™. And when you go on a trip, your phone becomes your personal guide and gives you instant access to local time, weather and maps.

Make it your Hero on the super customizable interface with your favorite sources of information, communication and entertainment at a glance.

Stay Close

Today, staying in touch with the people in your life means managing a variety of communication channels and applications ranging from phone calls and emails to Facebook updates. HTC Hero makes staying close as simple as turning to your friend and saying hello. When you view people, you see the different ways to get in touch, you also see all your interactions like emails sent to your personal and work accounts. You can even check for social network updates and event notices as well as see the latest pictures your friends uploaded to popular photo sharing sites.

Discover the Unexpected

See web pages come alive on a full-featured mobile browser that displays Flash-based sites. Stay close to the people in your life, with all your text exchanges, email conversations, Facebook status, Flickr photo albums and phone logs, neatly organized by people.

Many of the most memorable moments in your life are experienced, not explained. Even basic functions like the dialer will pleasantly surprise you on the HTC Hero. You can find a person by dialing their phone number or simply by dialing the first few letters of their name.

With HTC Hero, you can look at things through different perspectives. Your inbox is not just a list of emails, but a catalog of conversations, a collection of notes flagged as important, and a document library of all your emails with attachments. Your Album is not just the photos saved on your phone. It is also a gateway to online collections of you and your friends on Facebook or Flickr.

Search just about anything, anywhere on your HTC Hero. The dedicated Search button combs through tweets in Twitter™, locates people in your contact list, finds emails in your inbox, searches through appointments in the calendar and very nearly finds needles in haystacks.

Box Contains

  • HTC Hero 3G Android Sim Free mobile phone
  • Quick start guide
  • Screen protector
  • Travel charger
  • Mini-USB data cable
  • Standard battery
  • Wired stereo headset with 3.5 mm connector
  • Accessory leaflet
  • 2 GB microSD card

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203 of 208 people found the following review helpful By David Glasgow TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2009
Jan 19th 2011. *NOTE* (Updated from when I purchased some time ago...)

The new Cupcake 1.5 with sense UI, has proven such a success even hackers with the old HTC T-MOBILE G1's; Have upgraded their Phones with all the new Hero software with their inferior hardware, compared to the G3 HTC HERO 528Mhz CPU, 512 ROM, 288 RAM. - Hackers or Dev teams have even optimized the software With minimal lag to run on the T-mobile G1 & found it on YOUTUBE. (what an acheivement considering the G1 is over 2 years old).

Anywayz, the Hero's touch screen in my humble opinion is better than my iPhone 3G (2008 version), I now for the first time on Vodafone have an "H" Sign on top of my screen which means "high speed broadband", something I could never get on my iPhone without using WIFI.

1. Heptic feedback that tingles your finger tips with the very lightest touch of keyboard, portrait or landscape, (FAB)
2. The Android store has well enough FREE APPS to keep anyone busy upgrading their Phone (very happy)
3. Full compatibility with New "Google talk and Skype". (Unlike iPhone)
4. SIM FREE and upgradable memory to 4GB, 8GB, 16GB Micro SDHC Cards.
5. Beautiful smooth, sharp and clean screen. (in my opinion better than the iPhone 3G).
6. The whole experience is very intuitive and after a week or two, you will understand the device without the need for PDF Manual.
7. The Phone is very well build to a High standard, together with 5 megapixel Auto-Focus Camera & video-camera.
8. The White one I own is Teflon coated.
9. Adobe FLASH compatible (iPhone isn't)
10. From "Flat to Fully Charged" in just less than 2 hours, which is very convenient.

I could go on and on... I'm just happy I took the plunge and bought the phone. I have no regrets.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By AndyM on 6 Nov 2009
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I originally had a Blackberry Bold and was trying to decide between this, a Storm 2 and an iPhone. I'm so glad i went for this. If you're a gadget freak like me it's brilliant. I love how customisable it is, you can chop and change your widgets and background to turn it into a completely different phone. You can tweak the hell out of it!

The first thing i did when i got the phone was to update to the latest firmware from HTC which has got rid of any lagginess and improved the camera by giving it touch focus. Speaking of the camera i found that by going into camera, clicking menu > settings > 'image properties' and changing the settings to contrast -2, saturation +2, Sharpness +2 really improved the pictures, especially for low lit indoor shots (you could change the numbers to 1 instead). The camera is good enough and it's very handy being able to easily share to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter etc - useful if you want to save space on your memory card and you can easily browse your facebook and flickr albums on your phone as if they were normal built in albums.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the keyboard, it's a lot easier to type on that i thought it would be and the auto correct is very clever so i hardly ever make any mistakes. The touch screen is very responsive and the addition of a trackball is great for web browsing. Videos look great on this phone and speaking of which, 'Videora Android Converter' is a free program that will make your video files playable on your Hero.

The sound quality is great, i've installed the Spotify app and Last.fm on my phone and i now no longer use my iPod touch. I didn't think it would sound as good as it does, though the bundled earphones aren't much good so i use my own. It has it's own mp3 player built in too which is very good.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By ALW Hedges on 20 Aug 2009
I have had my Hero for about two weeks now and I can honestly say that it is the best phone I have ever had! I should temper this statement with the fact that I have been a regular Nokia N series user, but this has ended forever now that I have come to terms with the android operating system and fallen in love with the crisp and vibrant screen that comes with the Hero.

If your a little worried about on-screen keyboards, don't be. They are particularly good on this phone. Even the full qwerty in portrait mode is usable as there is a very active predictive text type of thing going on as you type, so half the time you only need type half the word and select the suggestion. There are 2 other keyboards other than the full qwerty, including a t9 phone keypad type thing (that I don't bother with) and a cut down qwerty, that has two letters per key (don't bother with that one either). The full qwerty in landscape mode is a dream and I can type fast with it.

Internet browsing is fast. Sadly I have an Orange branded phone (which essentially means that Orange UK has put their own settings on and as usual made a pigs ear of it). Wifi connection is good and fast too. The standard browser in the phone is all you need, though Opera Mini is available from the Android Market.

HTC Peep twitter client is OK but I usually use Hootsuite from the Android Market, though other clients are available. Accessing the android market could not be easier. There is no guarantee of quality of programs on the android market, but there are plenty, and I am sure others will give you long lists of their favourites, but I wont bore you with that.
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