"One week with the Hero"5.0 starson by jk8man
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Summary: I've had about 4 days with the Hero, migrating from an iPhone 3G - loved the device, AT&T I didn't so much heart. That said, my initial impressions were that I'd given up something to go with Sprint. However, over the last three days as I've had a chance to explore the phone, begin customizing, etc.. I now feel this is one fantastic phone.Just wanted to provide a quick update on my battery life comment - been on the road with it a bit and it has averaged just over a day with consistent use (GPS off). I would say it's on par with an iPhone at this point
Out of the box I had my email accounts (gmail, Work-Exchange, Yahoo) & Gmail contacts sync'd within 5 minutes or so. Very easy to do, albeit not quite "Apple" simple, but I believe anybody under 60 shouldn't have a problem :)
I've found texting/typing to be a little more difficult on this device than an iPhone simply because the dimensions of the Hero are a little smaller. That said, take the time to CALIBRATE typing to your own style through "Locale & Text" under the Settings options and your typing speed goes way up! After I took the 30 seconds to do that, it's been wonderful.
Nice to be able to view some Flash media while browsing the web & flash apps/widgets on websites (such as audio players) Do Work :) Very cool! The text reflow feature is really cool to as it save your from having to pan to read articles/text of webpages. Browsing speeds are about on par with my 3G, but I'd say the 3GS is faster than the Hero.
Battery life out of the box was poor - but only because of a known issue with the phone not sleeping after sending a text using the default SMS app. There's a super easy workaround and since I did that I'm getting about 48 hours between charges... 2x better than the 3G!!
Connection to wireless is easy - no issues there.
GPS works great, but note that it's NOT turned on by default. What's kinda cool is that with it off (to save a little battery life) the phone uses tower triangulation to approximate a location to about 1000 feet. WIth GPS on, it has my location to about 10 feet or so :)
The phone comes with the USB cable/detachable wall plug - quality is good. Note the phone DOESN'T come with headphones. I've been using the standard Apple iPhone ones with no issue - phone seems to understand ""call end, switch" feature.
The camera is 5 MP - though this is likely the Hero's worst feature. Photo quality is only "So So" - but I am sure with an App or maybe an update from HTC, photo/video quality should be greatly improved.
All in all - I'd recommend this device to anybody who has a "little" tech saavy. If you're seeking the simplist/cleanest interface I'd recommend the iPhone & Palm Pre over this guy - but if functionality & customization are desires this thing wins hands down.
If you need a phone that makes Email/Web/Texting easy, has good call quality, access to a robust app store, and with solid build quality - the HERO is a GREAT option at a really great price.
Updated on Nov 3, 2009