There's no question that the Sprint HTC Hero is one of the most anticipated Android phones, well, ever. It's Sprint's first Android device, looks relatively pleasing, and runs the beautiful HTC Sense UI. We've spent some quality time with the Sprint HTC Hero and have gathered some of our quick thoughts to hold you over until our full review.

  • The build quality is wonderful. There's no creakiness like the T-Mobile G1 and it feels much more luxurious than the myTouch 3G.
  • We're not the biggest fans of the flush hardware buttons, it's too difficult to differentiate and much too easy to accidentally click. We've had the phone unlock multiple times and make calls without even knowing.
  • On the other hand, the trackball is easily the best of the HTC Android family.
  • The soft matte finish on the backside of the phone greatly improves the overall feel.
  • HTC Sense UI is simply a joy to use. We're not having any of the lag or slowness problems that have been reported elsewhere.
  • Peep, HTC's Twitter client, is very well designed. Actually, all of the HTC apps and widgets are very impressive.
  • Multitouch in the browser is great--a much more intuitive way to navigate. Flash, not so much--on first impression, it's just too clunky for everyday use.
  • Battery life is perfectly adequate.
  • Sprint catches a lot of flack in the media but our experience with its service and data speeds has been entirely positive.
  • We love the Hero

Stay tuned to Android Central for more coverage on the HTC Hero! This is only the beginning, we're going to give you as much information about the Hero as we can before the October 11th launch date. 

 

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Sprint HTC Hero: Quick Thoughts

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I called sprint customer service after checking with my local stores and it will not be available until the 11th although they is no shipping on weekends so they should have in stores on friday but not allowed to sale them till the 11th. LETS HOPE I'M WRONG :)

I believe most (if not all) Sprint stores already have their shipments, I was told by a store manager, just about all of the Sprint stores in my area have/had the Hero. The employees have been instructed to not release any info until release date. It's probably similar to the Palm Pre, many stores had the Pre almost a week before launch day.

Jeez, you guys are behind the times. Didn't you hear? The Motorola Moment is the new HTC Hero!

(Getting mine Friday morning, but I admit that November 1 will be an interesting day too.)

(My tween tells me grown-up men are not allowed to get horizontal slider phones.)

Concerning the lag / sluggishness: that's been (entirely) eliminated with the ROM upgrade. I take it the upgrade has already been integrated in the Sprint version.

Can't wait to pick mine up On Sunday!! I did the pre purchase at best buy and have been waiting since last week for it to come out. Hopefully I get the rewards club e mail that lets me get it on Friday!!

I called both the Best Buys here and they both said just bring your RZ card with you and that you don't need to bring the email coupon ! I'd give it a try :)

Just FYI I would call you're store and make sure they will get them on the 9th, mine said you could get it then with RZ but they aren't getting them until the 11th anyway.

They have already shipped them to best buy.my friend is a manager of the mobile techs and he's been playing with the phone since yesterday. I'm getting it saturday(he's off friday) anticipation sets in. Great to have friends in the business.he says you have to have the coupon but he can do it without.

They have already shipped them to best buy.my friend is a manager of the mobile techs and he's been playing with the phone since yesterday. I'm getting it saturday(he's off friday) anticipation sets in. Great to have friends in the business.he says you have to have the coupon but he can do it without.

The Hero is available right now via Telesales. Order quickly and it will be delivered Friday for most folks.

if you already have a contract its $525 with tax for this phone, I don't know how people came up with $325. This is frustrating since I decided to get one and keep my Pre until Palm gets their shit together.

The only reason that HTC was able to keep the creak out of this phone was because it has no moving parts!

I will avoid HTC like the plague in the future, due to the general cheeziness of the G1.

Mine has held up over the past year, but it does creak and feels flimsy and loose.

Motorola, on the other hand, made the SideKick Slide and it was pretty tight. It also had a qwerty with nice chicklet keys. (HTC keys are too flush and crappy)

I'm looking forward to a sholes-like motorola phone on Tmobile

hehe, battery life is perfectly adequate. Are you guys on a planet where the day is 4 hours long? :-)

I,ve read the comments and wanted to chime in because I own the HTC Hero on Sprint. I've had sprint for a long time since 1999 after I left AT&T and was seriously considering going back for the iPhone until Sprint started getting new competive phones. 1st looked at Pre but didn't like the small keyboard, saw the Hero and chose to extend my contract. Its fuctional and really nice. Android market has all the apps I would have used on the iPhone. The battery life is indeed adquate; I go a whole day of mixed use with active sync, gps and gtalk running. I use the facebook and myspace apps alot and have been testing Sprint Nav (which is excelent). Most people who are commenting on the phone have not actually owned it because I was concerned about the reviews before I bought it and most have turned out to be myths. If you have good sprint coverage in your area I would recommend it. As a bonus Sprint has the best plans right now!

I want to ask a quessition, the phone can use the GPRS with the long way and in the country..