With a vision to capture the Smartphone user base, HTC announced the arrival of G2 Touch 3G aka Hero in Q2, 2009 in London. It’s the third phone manufactured by the HTC Corporation for the Android platform, as part of the A series. It’s a beautiful device, the first genuinely gorgeous piece of hardware that runs Android while promising to go head-to-head with the iPhone.
Like most Smartphones, the HTC Hero flaunts pretty fast automatic screen rotation, swift applications, and pinch-to-zoom touch to enhance the user experience. Viewing video via the web is more or less satisfactory. Since there are no options for manually adjusting the equalizer, the music output of the phone has to suffer. You won’t find FM radio on the phone. When connected to the Internet, the phone reflows text on websites along with the magnification. Widgets, such as Google Maps, work wonderfully to make the online experience truly amazing.
The strikingly angular device feels rugged, durable and comfortable to hold. With close resemblance to the Dream and Magic, you’ll see six buttons on the face with a more-pronounced trackball that has back and search buttons on the left of it.
HTC Hero seeks to introduce the HTC Sense technology to the Google Android operating system. Multi touch, wide screen, a 15 degree tilt at its base and anti-fingerprint finish makes this gadget a must buy. Seven home screens, which you can scroll between with a finger-sweep, comprise applications and shortcuts to flaunt the core of HTC's Sense UI.
The HTC Hero runs on a Qualcomm 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor with inbuilt support for Adobe Flash.
Calling it an iPhone killer or a state-of-the-art smartphone would be like imploring something that’s actually not there. Well, it never means that smartphone users should sideline it as a ne'er-do-well gadget. Except for its occasional sluggishness, the smartphone comes with distinctive looks and an innovative user interface. The customizable UI brings it closer to the iPhone OS.