If you wanted to get a sense of how the new Sense UI on the HTC Hero works, you should definitely watch the video above. It runs through the various widgets, customizable nature, and endless features of the Hero. Though some of it may look a wee bit similar to ordinary Android, make no mistake, HTC Sense is certainly worthwhile and new enough to learn about.

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HTC Hero First Look, Sense UI Walkthrough


My U.K. Android brothers, I envy you (sniffle, sniffle).

HTC, please, please, please turn Rosie UI into a download for other Android phones. I'd pay good money to have that!

this shit might be boarder line hottest sh*t i ever seen. i have a palm pre and now i kinda wish htc would have made it

Looks cool for a promo video, but I doubt the real thing will be as fluid as this after a month of usage. I also agree with the poster above, I don't want to manually flip through every message just to find the one I want. It looks like an evolution of TouchFlo 3D... which wasn't that impressive.

Does it run MS Exchange? Why not use Windows Mobile then?

imho, what really made Android special is full integration with Gmail, google talk, contacts and calendar. Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0neiwhdkiKk

If this is no longer possible on Hero, then Android here seems to be no more then a gimmick.

Why not run WinMo? Seriously?

Android is not a user interface, or a set of Google tools, it's a platform. If you actually watched the video, you'd see that all the apps, like Gmail, Google Talk, Contacts, and Calendar are all still in the menu. When they say it's not a "with Google" phone, that's just marketing. It still has all the Google apps, it's just that Google doesn't 'endorse' the phone.

And as I said, Android is a platform. They clearly went with it because of the fact that it's open source, so instead of tacking on a UI on top of the US, like TouchFlo does, they can integrate it, making it run better and more intuitively. I have a Windows Mobile device, and the thing is utter garbage without heavy modification, and clearly not meant for finger-touch screens. Android, WebOS, and Mobile OS X are, plain and simple. So why should they go with the worse option, when they got Exchange running on Android perfectly fine? What does WinMo have to offer in it's current incarnation?

It would be great if "with Google" was just marketing. It doesn't seem like that from the video, but I very much hope I'm wrong.

Android might be great initiative. But from the user point of view, if I was more interested in applications and physical design then windows mobile and iphone seem to me much more attractive right now. But this is not the point I'm trying to make.

G1 offered full integration with google services: email, talk, calendar and most importantly contacts that were fully synchronized with google contacts. There is no unique information stored on the phone. All your data becomes immediately accessible online. (It is all in the video above).

Sense looks very cool and flashy, but if this level of integration cannot be achieved, then for me it is worthless. Again, I hope I'm wrong.

Dear Hero,
Please come to Sprint and PLEASE don't make me change my plan to get you.

Dear HTC,
I love you. Can you please put this UI in the body of a Touch Pro 2 and send it to every carrier?

Thank you

It looks like they took android out of the phone. IMO. I heard that the processor on this thing is pretty weak, is that why they are using all these widgets, so you dont kill the processor?

You think multiple persistent widgets use LESS processing power than a handful of full apps?

As I said above, Android is NOT the UI, it's a platform. There are plenty of custom shells for Windows, does that mean they took "Windows out of the computer"? Of course not, because it's a platform. What HTC is doing is making multi-tasking easier on Android, much in the same style that Palm did with WebOS, but instead of keeping all the full apps open, they went with widgets to make the data more "bite-sized." Frankly, I'm pretty impressed, and once full reviews for the Hero come out, I'd be tempted to switch to T-Mobile just to get it.

Does anyone have a comparison for the multitasking ability of the Hero compared to the Palm Pre?

Does HTC consider the "multi-tasking" of the Hero to be the switch between each of the seven 'cards' that are considered homescreens? Or, is there a true multi-tasking ability? If there is not one, would HTC likely add this feature prior to launch?

Sick, That is down righty SICK. I have had the G1 since it came out, and even after all the cupcakes and donuts.... this kicks the trash out of "itself". I think you have done an amazing job on this whoever is credit due.
Bravo and Quit teasing!!! its gotta come to the US.