HTC Hero CDMA ReviewHTC Hero CDMA 9
We were impressed with the call performance of the Hero and the phone feels great against your face. On our end things sounded perfectly good, though we wouldn’t call it a standout. Callers generally had the same impression. They had nothing bad to say about the device and they said we sounded very good. The speakerphone isn’t quite as good as the one of the Touch Pro2, but was still pretty impressive. HTC is doing a lot with that tiny speaker on the back!
Initially our battery life was horrible. It is rated for four hours of talk time, but the device would typically drain 40% or so every night with no use. Sprint issued a last minute software update that we managed to get our hands on and it drastically improved the performance. We can now go two days in between charges with moderate to heavy use.
We’ve been using the Hero for several weeks now to get a good impression of what the device really had to offer. As each day goes buy we are more impressed with the device and its performance. The battery life was our biggest concern, but that issue has been addressed. We’d prefer to see the remaining lag worked out, but it by no means takes away from the user experience. The feel is great, the apps are abundant, the phone performance is good and the device can be customized until the cows can come home.
The inevitable question for Sprint users, new and old, will be the Pre or the Hero. We gave the Pre our highest rating ever, and still feel that it was a really groundbreaking device. WebOS is way further along than Android was at this point in its life, but Android does have a year head start. In the end it will come down to things like physical versus virtual keyboard, expandable memory versus internal and ease of use (webOS) versus customization (Android.) We don’t feel there is a wrong or right answer to this question; each device has its own merits and it’s up to the user to pick what is important to them. One thing is clear however: Sprint customer have a pretty impressive toy box to choose from right now.
- Android offers quite a few options, and HTC’s Sense UI gives the user control over almost everything
- Great feel and build quality
- Responsive display
- Very good battery life
- Good call quality
- Great social network integration
- Some lag is still present
- We’d have preferred a display with more colors
HTC Hero CDMA Review - Performance and Conclusion