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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
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Processor Qualcomm® MSM7200A, 528 MHz
Operating System Android
Memory ROM: 512 MB RAM: 288 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT) 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm ( 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
Weight 135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320x480 HVGA resolution
Network HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
Device Control Trackball with Enter button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
3.5 mm audio jack Camera 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formats MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9 V
ideo supported formats MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1350 mAh
Talk time: Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 470 minutes for GSM
Standby time: Up to 750 hours for WCDMA Up to 440 hours for GSM
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
Expansion Slot microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features
G-sensor
Digital Compass
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#1
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#2
£339.99 @ Play.com with 'HTC30' voucher code.

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#3
Currently free with T-Mobile on their 1000 minutes/unlimited texts/3GB data/18 month/£30 tariff.
#4
Have owned one for the past few months. Excellent phone. Does everything the iphone does, has much more attractive graphics and fits better in your pocket!

New Android 2.1 update coming soon which should be a free download.
#5
cowbutt
Currently free with T-Mobile on their 1000 minutes/unlimited texts/3GB data/18 month/£30 tariff.


But 18x£30=£540 ???
#6
kevingattaca2
But 18x£30=£540 ???


Try and get 18 months of 1000 minutes/3GB data/unlimited texts per month for less than £200.
#7
kevingattaca2
But 18x£30=£540 ???


Yea but for the first 11 months of the contract your still up on the price on the phone plus a ridiculous amount of minutes texts and internet which u need as its always connected to the internet. Buying this phone then running it on pay as you go would be alot more expensive.
#8
dolphinninja
Yea but for the first 11 months of the contract your still up on the price on the phone plus a ridiculous amount of minutes texts and internet which u need as its always connected to the internet. Buying this phone then running it on pay as you go would be alot more expensive.


Fair Point ?? ( Just that I'm a Very low user and thought £540 ?! ;-) )
#9
kevingattaca2
Fair Point ?? ( Just that I'm a Very low user and thought £540 ?! ;-) )


Me too; ideally I'd like to PAYG for voice, at least - maybe texts too, but pay a flat rate for about 3GB data per month. As far as I can see, though, no UK telco offers that kind of hybrid plan for any smartphone.
#10
I have this mobile, seriously brillant bit of kit. Took all of 12 hours before I had to upgrade the wifes mobile to one as well!

So carefull might cost twice this
#11
The Hero is an excellent phone, but for a little extra, I would now buy the NexusOne.
#12
Have been using HTC phones for many years, but recently did a research of mobile phones market and realised that HTCs are not superior any more, ordered a brand new Nokia with touchscreen, GPS + free nav, HSDPA etc. for £70ish ...£350 for a phone?? you are kidding me ...
#13
tanikk£
Have been using HTC phones for many years, but recently did a research of mobile phones market and realised that HTCs are not superior any more, ordered a brand new Nokia with touchscreen, GPS + free nav, HSDPA etc. for £70ish ...£350 for a phone?? you are kidding me ...


OK Where's this Nokia ( £70 ) God phone then ?? ;-)
#14
kevingattaca2
OK Where's this Nokia ( £70 ) God phone then ?? ;-)


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585383/nokia-5230-3-2-touch-screen-gps-3g-

I am not saying it is better than HTCs, but deffo not 5 times worse !
#15
tanikk£
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585383/nokia-5230-3-2-touch-screen-gps-3g-

I am not saying it is better than HTCs, but deffo not 5 times worse !


MMmmm FAIR Point !? Thanks

K :thumbsup:
#16
Does anyone know what colour the phone is?

The photos on amazon show both silver and black versions.
#17
cowbutt
Me too; ideally I'd like to PAYG for voice, at least - maybe texts too, but pay a flat rate for about 3GB data per month. As far as I can see, though, no UK telco offers that kind of hybrid plan for any smartphone.


o2 payg sim £15/month = unlimited text & internet. just pay for calls out of the £15 . (or have i got it all wrong?)
#18
I have this phone, it's awesome :)

Just for information, there's a 2.1 update at the end of March which will include free sat nav via Google Maps!
1 Like #19
They have their flaws, but the Hero's one of my favourite phones I've yet to own. With Android, you really are always connected to the world, they do so many clever things, the net usage is integral to the whole design - make sure you get an all-you-can-eat data plan!

Also worth doing is cracking ('rooting') your handset so that you can modify the operating system even more heavily than the default (which is a lot, far more so than iPhones or other rivals allow you to).

For me, the chinks are that it needs charging each day and can feel slow sometimes. The speed is a result of the battery - by default, the phone runs deliberately slower than it needs to, to guzzle battery less quickly. This might not bother more casual users, but it annoyed me, so I grabbed a clock adjustment tool and had it back up to full speed while I'm using it, but slower than the default while in standby. This tradeoff gave me better speed when I needed it with about the same battery life, and illustrates how awesome it is to be able to modify every feature to suit your needs, which Android excels at.

Another flaw with no solution: the camera is 5mp, but it's very slow to focus, taking blurry photos half the time as a result and the kicker: no flash :( It's functional, but feels like a step back to 4-5 years ago.

On the upside, and mentioning flash (see what I did there?) - The browser is excellent and, unlike Apple (who are feuding with Adobe), their browser DOES support Flash, so your browsing experience is just like you're used to, with less chance of sites not working. I haven't found any site that wasn't easily usable from my normal bunch.

I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this phone at this price, but from what I can tell, the Nexus One (if you're prepared to shell out a tad more) is an absolute KILLER with none of the negatives I've listed - it is way faster, better battery and takes really good photos.

Again, though: cracking little phone, am happy with mine.
#20
Not really good deal. You can find any new hero on ebay with lower price than this..
#21
Wouldn't the Nexus One at £330 be a better buy?

I know you have to pay tax, but you could always get a friend in the USA to buy it for you, then they could send it to you as a "gift".
#22
landwatcher
Not really good deal. You can find any new hero on ebay with lower price than this..


You can find anything cheaper on ebay.


Oh well, better shut HDUK down now.
#23
cowbutt
Currently free with T-Mobile on their 1000 minutes/unlimited texts/3GB data/18 month/£30 tariff.


:roll:
#24
Having been on the look out for one of these over the last few months, I've never seen it more then the £400 mark, more over closer to the £350 mark then anything else.

Will have to see the Nexus One before decidng between the two though.
#25
lewiep
Wouldn't the Nexus One at £330 be a better buy?

I know you have to pay tax, but you could always get a friend in the USA to buy it for you, then they could send it to you as a "gift".


I would agree with this, It run on the snapdragon platform which has a significant speed advantage over the Hero which is running on the older Qualcomm processor. Even if you had to pay tax I would argue the extra expense is worth it for the benefits the Nexus one brings.
#26
I have this phone and yes it is good but definately not worth this price at all.

There are several flaws with it that really annoy me.

The camera is rubbish (slow to focus, no flash and not great quality photos)

When typing text messages the phone switches from vertical to horizontal view and back again by itself while im typing (not sure if the phone is faulty or its meant to do this?)

The phone seems to regularly not send text messages and puts them as undelivered, and i cant seem to resend them i have to retype them all.


Other than that the phone is good, but those things really annoy me and i will be looking at an iphone next time round.
#27
Definitely, I wouldn't even consider paying £350 for one of these.

Imo these are one big step below the iPhone/N900/ HD2 in terms of hardware platform - given its pretty old, its not really meant to compete directly neither. Nexus One on the other hand has similar generation of hardware as the other top devices.
#28
fix

When typing text messages the phone switches from vertical to horizontal view and back again by itself while im typing (not sure if the phone is faulty or its meant to do this?)



Try re-calibrating the G-Sensor in the settings, sounds like yours has an issue.

Haven't had any of the other problems you've mentioned though. Yes, the camera isn't particularly great, but it's so good at everything else it does that it really doesn't bother me. I have a digital camera for taking photos anyway.
#29
tanikk£
Have been using HTC phones for many years, but recently did a research of mobile phones market and realised that HTCs are not superior any more, ordered a brand new Nokia with touchscreen, GPS + free nav, HSDPA etc. for £70ish ...£350 for a phone?? you are kidding me ...


Please please tell us where you got this android phone for £70?
suspended#30
fix

When typing text messages the phone switches from vertical to horizontal view and back again by itself while im typing (not sure if the phone is faulty or its meant to do this?)

My Hero did this - calibrated the G-Sensor as suggested and it fixed this problem.
fix

The phone seems to regularly not send text messages and puts them as undelivered, and i cant seem to resend them i have to retype them all.

Sounds like either a faulty phone or a dodgy network / SIM...... Mine's never done this.


I fail to see the logic in buying one of these SIM free though - I'm getting 300 mins, unlimited text, unlimited data for £480 over 24. You're not going to get 24 months of that service for £130.
#31
This isn't a great deal tbh, no way is the Hero £200 better than the T-Mobile Pulse which is more or less the same underneath. The Moto Milestone is only an extra £40 and it blows the Hero out of the water.
#32
Nexus one costs about £330 at the moment might need to add shipping.

And with that you already have v2.1 with Google maps and the 1ghz Qualcomm processor.

Needless to say decent price for the Hero, but think you get more bang for buck with the Nexus.
#33
Salamanda;7699738
Nexus one costs about £330 at the moment might need to add shipping.

And with that you already have v2.1 with Google maps and the 1ghz Qualcomm processor.


Shipping and import duty, means it will be well above £400 I think ;)
#34
I got this phone from Orange in December 600 mins 500 texts and 500mb pm internet for £42 per month - 12 months contract with 150 quidco (tracked). A good deal, especially since I will be able to flog the phone for around £150 in Dec and get a nexus or some other android.

Orange are still doing the same 12 month deals - only quidco is only £50 now - the 400/300 mins/text deal is 33 + 5 internet - quidco would make this 406 over 12 months which is cheap.
#35
fix
The phone seems to regularly not send text messages and puts them as undelivered, and i cant seem to resend them i have to retype them all.


I have this phone and this happens to me sometimes, but only when I have no signal. And as for re-typing, this is not necessary as when you get the notification as un-sent, simply keep your finger on the message and a dialogue box will come up giving you the option to re-send.

All-in-all good phone. Would like a better Facebook App however as the i-Phone App is way better! Lets hope the Android apps catch up with the Apple ones!!
#36
cowbutt
Currently free with T-Mobile on their 1000 minutes/unlimited texts/3GB data/18 month/£30 tariff.


But it's T-mobile, worst network ever :(
#37
Great phone, bought one to use as a trade before but absolutely loved it so kept hold.
#38
http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=190234

Buy that instead if you want an android phone, this has anroid 1.5 which is pretty old now. The milestone (droid in the states) is a much better phone. Has the same button layout as the nexus one and is currently running android 2.0. Its only £50 more and its much better, I think its getting a software update to the same OS as the nexus one. Its going to be able to do everything the nexus can...but its here now :D

Mutli-touch on that thing would swing it for me...
#39
zabbyh
But it's T-mobile, worst network ever :(


Been with them for a month and a half now, had no problems myself.
#40
markb28
I got this phone from Orange in December 600 mins 500 texts and 500mb pm internet for £42 per month - 12 months contract with 150 quidco (tracked). A good deal, especially since I will be able to flog the phone for around £150 in Dec and get a nexus or some other android.

Orange are still doing the same 12 month deals - only quidco is only £50 now - the 400/300 mins/text deal is 33 + 5 internet - quidco would make this 406 over 12 months which is cheap.


Quidco has never been £150 for Orange

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