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HTC Hero Android Sim Free Unlocked Mobile Phone (Brown)

Released on 31 August 2009

Manufacturer: HTC

(5 customer reviews)  |  Write a review

Condition:  Used - LikeNew

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HTC Hero is our first phone to embody HTC Sense - an intuitive, seamless experience built upon three fundamental principles - make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected.

With HTC Hero, personalization reaches a level never before possible. Rather than burying important content under layers of menus, the HTC Hero lets you put it at glance view, with a selection of widgets that can be placed right on the home screen. The widgets themselves can be personalized with a variety of designs and sizes that best match your personality.

With Scenes, a new profile feature, HTC Hero becomes multiple phones in one. Create and switch between Scenes that reflect different moments in your life. Your Hero becomes a weekend phone that helps you relax with your choice of tunes, catch up with your favorite friends and capture some memories with HTC Footprints. And when you go on a trip, your phone becomes your personal guide and gives you instant access to local time, weather and maps.

Make it yours:
Make it your Hero on the super customizable interface with your favorite sources of information, communication and entertainment at a glance.

Make it yours:
Stay close to the people in your life, with all your text exchanges, email conversations, Facebook status, Flickr photo albums and phone logs, neatly organized by people.

The web. Alive.
See web pages come alive on a full-featured mobile browser that displays Flash-based sites.

View your inbox.
View your inbox from different perspectives. See a list of conversations, a group of important notes or your document library.

  • Main Features:
  • Camera: 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, Videocalling
  • Video
  • Games
  • Operating System: Android OS, v1.5
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7200A 528 MHz processor
  • Browser: HTML
  • General:
  • 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • Size:
  • Dimensions: 112 x 56.2 x 14.4 mm
  • Weight: 135 g
  • Display:
  • Type: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colours
  • Size: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Ringtones:
  • Type: Downloadable polyphonic, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Vibration and speakerphone
  • Memory:
  • Phonebook: Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
  • Call records: Practically unlimited
  • Card slot: microSD (TransFlash)
  • Internal memory: 288 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Data:
  • GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
  • EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  • 3G: HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
  • USB: miniUSB
  • Other Features:
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Voice memo
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1350 mAh
  • Stand-by time: Up to 440 h (2G) / Up to 750 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)

customer Reviews

 Average rating (5 reviews)

 Great "phone"... so much more than that!!!

| | See all MRloren's reviews (1)

OK - so a few of my friends have the Iphone, & I almost got one. Phew! Glad I saved myself a couple of hundred pounds and bought what is essentially - a better phone. So now after 3 months of owning the Hero, I completely see the point, and expect all phones alike to follow this new benchmark phone. Ok - so some complain about lag, but they fixed it. And now it's as fast as the iphone, but oh so much more tunable. HTC's TouchSense is totally organic, so much so - that using my friends iphone feels completely restricting and in need of a software facelift. And if I get bored with the set up of the Hero, I can pretty much start again and make everything look completely different. The touch keypad is the best on the market by far, making it so easy to text and even write long emails.
Navigating the web is easy and has some very useful features (ie. Multiple windows etc). Downloading apps couldn't be easier and it's quick too, allowing you to fine-tune the phone into exactly what you want it to do (even into a metal detector, if you're nerdy enough).
The marriage between Facebook and the phone is clever too. I've never been so aware of what's happening in my friend's lives, which is cool as I always miss birthdays etc. Haven't missed a birthday since having the phone. There are other networking sites available on the phone, but I only bother with Facebook.
So I reckon some may not like the shape of the phone with its "chin". My girlfriend has a particular dislike for the it. but admits it' makes the phone feel very comfortable in the hand, as also admitted by ALL of my iphone using chums. They also wish they had my Teflon-coated back on their phone - as similar aged iphones are looking much older than my phone. The iphone seems to be a magnet for scratches and broken screens. Not one scratch, ...yet! I'm very impressed - since I am pretty active and I put the phone through a lot. In fact - the only marks started to develop when I put a silicone sleave on it; so I took it off.
The little track ball doesn't get used too much, except it is particularly useful when playing certain games. Talking of physical buttons, it's great to have the buttons, when compared to the iphone. Picking up the iphone for the first time can be a confusing experience, but not on the HTC Hero. Navigating around it is so simple, even my 9 year old nephew figured it all out within a couple of minutes, and managed to change my background and ringtone (to an edited MP3 he liked the sound of). Yup, it's that simple. But this is not to take away from it's capability. It kinda makes me imagine it compared with a Tonka Toy morphed together with a Sub-atomic accelerator. Simple, yet absurdly powerful and complicated. It would be similar to making it easy to fly the space shuttle - if you know what I mean. I guess it's the Eurofighter of phones, incredibly complicated, but easy to fly/use.
I've tried not using it except for phone usage - to see how long the battery would last, but it is simply too tempting to use the other features. I use it A LOT, and generally find myself having to charge it after either a day or two's use. I would imagine, if only using the phone's features, it could last for 3 days'ish.
My only gripe is with the camera. I had a Sony phone before, and not even the new Samsung Camera Phone's came close to taking as good a picture as that did, so the comparison is a little unfair. Honestly - the camera's not bad. It just won't surprise you how good it is (like my old Sony). And forget taking dim-light photos. No flash, no fun. That's the only let down of this phone. Everything else will surprise you how good it is.
SO - it's more than a phone, & better than the iphone

 Excellent ... more than just a phone!!

| | See all wiganwardy's reviews (2)

I got this phone as an upgrade in Sept 2009. This was my 1st vewnture into smartphones (& went this way to stay on Vodafone - rather than go iphone). I have never been disappointed & over 12 months on it is still permanently attached to my hand!
The integration with googlemail / contacts / calender was seamless & easy.
The evergrowing app market (a large % free) is great & people are finally releasing the same apps as on iphone!
I will be sticking with Android on my next upgrade but this phone still more than meets my needs!

 1 word

| | See all mrBrennan's reviews (1)

'flawless' this is the best phone iv had, i compared it to the iphone 3Gs and it came out on top, it works perfectly now on Android 2.1, and i would deffo buy it if i didnt have it. if your looking for a phone that is fast, smooth, good camera good internet speed, looks nice comes with thousands of apps, and loads more i cant even write that much, this is the phone to get, really really worth the money...

 What an Amaising Phone

| | See all DottyMoore's reviews (1)

I have had this for about a month now. This phone works extremely well, the screen is smooth and very sensitive and easy to use. The resolution is great.
This phone is better than an iPhone in my opinion. I thought that it would be too big but it is a perfect size and still fits in my skinny jeans my pocket! It is not heavy and the 'chin' is great. Doesnt get in the way at all. The only negative things that i can say about it is that it can be slighty slow and it can get rather hot especially when charging and/or calling. But the slowness can be delt with easily with an app. There are plenty of accessories for it and another great thing is that the headphone socket is a conventional one so any head phones can be used! The android market has loads of apps too.

 Ok to begin with.

| | See all Furbydude's reviews (1)

When I first got the phone in February 2010 it was brilliant. It was basically a bargain as it did exactly what they Iphone 3gs did but at a much lower price. But as the days went on the phone begins to lag and become completely unresponsive . The touch screen chooses when want to work or when to close down the whole the phone and restart it. It did work perfectly up until the 2.1 upgrade which unfortunately seems to of been a step to far for the whole phone. Don't get me wrong it does still do emailing amazingly well it can never be faulted on that. Also the apps market that it gives you access to can not be matched by anyone. But it just never was the same phone once they upgrade the software to 2.1 on it.