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Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint
      #34578 - 09/16/09 11:04 PM

Sprint just won't quit launching great smartphones lately. The HTC Hero is the best Android Google OS phone we've seen so far thanks to some help from HTC's own Sense UI software and Sprint's services like Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation. Unlike most Android phones (not that there are many), the Hero syncs not only to Google services but MS Exchange and Outlook too. The Hero features a 3.2", 480 x 320 capacitive multi-touch screen, WiFi, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A fast data and Google's excellent web browser and other goodies.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: LisaG]
      #34583 - 09/17/09 10:08 AM

Hi Lisa,

I have heard there is no proximity sensor for the Sprint Hero, but there is a light sensor. Is one able to lock the screen during phone calls at all?? So it can be slipped into the pocket or we don't smash buttons on our face.

Second question: Is this running Androind 1.6 (Donut)? I didn't see the google search box, voice search/controls, or translator icons as you were flipping through the applications. Will this have the voice controls???

Great review BTW, I am very excited to see this inaction in a few weeks.


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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: mmark27]
      #34585 - 09/17/09 11:35 AM

There is no proximity sensor but yes, there is a light sensor that's used only to set display brightness. Once the display timeout triggers the screen is locked (you can set this, the default is 15 seconds). The buttons are not locked however (nor are they on most phones).

It runs Android OS 1.5 Cupcake.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: LisaG]
      #34587 - 09/17/09 12:16 PM

Thanks Lisa, I hate to harp, but disenfranchised Sprint Instinct users really want a solid confirmation on this part, so I will ask for a little clarity. I am linking people to your review as I thought it was top notch.

You said that the screen will dim after 15 seconds (or whatever the time setting might be) but the buttons still work. This will also dim and go black while on a phone call? Its the "while on a phone call" part that is very important. We never got it for our Instincts and it was the number one requested feature. There are many things instantly better than our Instincts for the Hero, obviously, but I want our savior to have this most basic feature. I hope you can understand, sorry again for being persistent about this.


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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: mmark27]
      #34588 - 09/17/09 12:58 PM

The screen goes absolutely and completely black. It does not respond to touch when it is black. The screen is turned off after whatever period you set under display settings.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: LisaG]
      #34593 - 09/17/09 03:42 PM

I'm really surprised at how positive this review was, especially considering the disappointment expressed by Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/17/htc-hero-for-sprint-hands-on-and-impressions/

Which one do I believe?! :P

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: Ravicai]
      #34594 - 09/17/09 05:02 PM

I really wonder what was up with the unit Engadget received. Ours certainly is as zippy as my personal T-Mobile myTouch 3G with the only caveat being that after 3 days or so it does slow down and need a reboot.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: Ravicai]
      #34601 - 09/18/09 11:47 AM

Quote:

I'm really surprised at how positive this review was, especially considering the disappointment expressed by Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/17/htc-hero-for-sprint-hands-on-and-impressions/

Which one do I believe?! :P




The Engadget review does note that other sites disagree with their review.

It sounds obvious but is hard to fully comprehend: the fact that two people have opposing opinions does not automatically mean that (at least) one of them is wrong.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: Jacob_Spindel]
      #34602 - 09/18/09 12:04 PM

I would assume either they received a bum unit that needs a firmware re-flash or that some 3rd party application or applications are running in the background and causing the slow down.

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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: LisaG]
      #34697 - 09/28/09 01:38 PM

Lisa,

Quick question about the google sync situation for your contacts from Google. I have read that this works pretty well, overall for addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. My question is more in the pictures.....

Part 1, do the images from your google contacts show up as the contact photo on your phone?

Part 2, Do you have a choice of source where you want to get the contact photo (on phone)? (ie google, facebook, user uploaded, in folder on disk, etc.)

Part 3, if you add a picture to your contacts (on phone) and you have the google sync box checked, will it add that photo back to your google account (online).

Just curious how much photo juggling goes on with the HTC to google syncs.

Thanks!!!


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Re: Android Phone review: HTC Hero for Sprint [Re: mmark27]
      #34698 - 09/28/09 02:03 PM

Images from Google contacts do show up as the contact photo on the phone. Likewise, so do photos from contacts synced via Outlook and the USB cable. You can also add (or change) the photo by picking one from your phone's storage or by shooting a photo with the camera.

Facebook friends aren't automatically added to contacts. If you have that person entered as a contact already, you can edit their record and choose to sync to Facebook which will then pull down that person's Facebook photo and their birthday. If you do use that Facebook photo, it will sync back to Google contacts.

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