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4.0 out of 5 stars Great phone - but there's better out there now!, 20 Aug. 2009
This review is from: HTC Hero Sim Free Android Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
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. Note: The Android Market recently went past 100k of programs and at the rate it is expanding, it will over take the number of downloads available in the iPhone App Market some time next year.

HTC Sense is very very good, there is very little lag, the graphics are smooth and choices wide and varied. You might think (for example) that 12 different clock types would be enough for anyone, but I would love them to come out with more as I am a little fussy that way! Pity that the music player does not immediately grab cover art, but there are programs on the android market that will!

If you are thinking about getting this phone, but are a little hesitant, don't be! It is worth every penny. I have not found anything I do not like about the phone. Email integration, web browsing, twittering, updating photo's to flickr - its all good and all easy thanks to this phone. Get it, you wont regret it!

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I have had the phone about a year now and it is still the best mobile phone I have had. Things have moved on and there are better android handsets out there. If your thinking about getting a Hero, don't! Think about the HTC Legend (aka Hero2). It's better than this product, but if you really want a lot of phone, go for the HTC Desire. As soon as I can upgrade I will be going for it!
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2009 06:47:35 BDT
UPDATE... a fix is on its way to help sort out the lag, for all HTC HERO Owners, please copy and paste LINK to browser....
http://phandroid.com/2009/08/19/upcoming-htc-hero-update-removes-lag-video/
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