HTC Hero in the Test

After the Taiwanese manufacturer has supplied both T-Mobile and Vodafone with an exclusive Android model, he sells the hero through various channels. The device is available at T-Mobile as the G2 touch in black colour, with E-plus in the white HTC original version and free provider in white or silver grey.

  1. HTC Hero in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

As already the HTC Magic, also the hero puts on touch operation. His base broken off still underlines the relationship to the ur-Android Smartphone G1. On the versions of the network operators still proprietary software is pre-installed in part, G2 touch, for example, a direct access to the Web’n ‘ walk portal or the new Media Center.

Also, the icon for the T-Mobile version is slightly different, can be but on request to the original HTC design to. Aside from that there were no differences to determine.

Lots of extra software

All device versions offer developed, improved user interface “Sense”, the seven customisable home screens, GPS-based automatic functions, as well as a communication history per contact offered by HTC for different application scenarios. In addition, the hero is the first Android model with multi touch: as is known from the iPhone, you can zoom with your thumb and forefinger in photos, Web pages or PDFs.

Also has HTC several Android programs preinstalled at the factory, as quick Office, with the word – and Excel files show let, a PDF Viewer, clients for Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, the skill game tweeter, as well as footprints, an application to collect interesting places. The included synchronization software HTC sync also allows the comparison with Outlook. There are still some problems, it is advisable to download the latest version at our site.

Another feature of the hero supports the push email delivery by Microsoft Exchange servers, as well as playback of Flash video. There is a dedicated YouTube Player. So far, however, only the Flash version 8 is supported; Content in Flash 9 can be currently still not played. And yet an extra: as first Android phone, the hero as a modem can be used, but so far only via a USB cable and not via Bluetooth.

Proper technique

The radio electronics of the hero is with HSPA (7.2 Mbps download / 1.8 Mbit / s upload), Wi-Fi 11 b / g and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR is well equipped. His color Transflective TFT touchscreen can not keep up with an OLED display, is better to read in sunlight. The special coating of display and housing, which makes the surface more resistant to fingerprints proves to be handy.

The 5-megapixel camera delivers decent pictures in good light. As a Flash or photo light is missing and it is also quite prone to noise, it’s good for shooting indoors hardly. Videos can be typical for Android only in format to record 320 x 240 pixels – for MMS or playback on the Smartphone display it is sufficient. Also Android-typically a separate shutter-release button is missing, your function takes over the still smooth trackball.

Mixed picture in the laboratory

In our laboratory, the HTC Hero left a mixed picture. The standby time of 21 days can be seen, talk and stamina values of 1385-mAh batteries could be better: less than 6 or 8 hours in the GSM mode (D net/S-net) and 4 hours in the UMTS operating are only average. While the hero still wacker is in the transmission and reception quality in GSM mode, the values in the key UMTS mode are significantly worse. The acoustics is, however, neat.

Data sheet

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-Fi standard
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
Call list / language selection
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 10/09
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points


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