Video: Hands-on preview of the Sprint HTC Hero

The Hero is here! After waiting months to get my grubby mitts on HTC’s flagship Android smartphone, I found a Sprint HTC Hero sitting on my desk. Needless to say, I was excited to tear open the retail packaging and dive right in. But, I figured it would be a good idea to restrain myself for an official Sprint HTC Hero unboxing video.

The video you see below is a preview of the unreleased Sprint HTC Hero. The smartphone features a 3.2-inch capacitance touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, 3G data, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Android OS 1.5 (Cupcake) runs the show, but HTC’s custom Sense UI helps add functionality and some visual pizazz to the Hero.

Also, notice that the Sprint HTC Hero lacks the protruding chin of the GSM HTC Hero. Whether you love or hate the Jay Leno look on the GSM variant, you’ll probably find the Sprint HTC Hero’s design as refined and tasteful. Personally, I’d like to see the “chin” make it Stateside.

Hands-on with the Sprint HTC Hero from IntoMobile on Vimeo.

The Sprint HTC Hero will be available on October 11 for $179.99 with new 2-year contract.

  • Marcus

    Did you notice an lag that some reviews are talking about? I have the Palm Pre and am really thinking about getting the Hero

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    “Take the screen protector off … oh the humanity!”

    LOL, I remember when it was cool to never take off your screen protector. God those days sucked.

    Great video! If I had a dollar for every time you said widgets, I’d be rich.

    I seriously don’t understand how people like the GSM version (w/ chin) versus this.

  • Roy

    marcus,

    i have read that sprint’s hero will have the latest update to the rom that addresses all the lagginess from the original release. there are lots of vids showing that it being very fast.

    i can’t wait…..

  • Pops 209

    Why no headset? They should include a headset for those switching from the old style 2.5mm which of course won’t work in the new 3.5mm slot. Of course I understand the “make ‘em buy” mentality but honestly, it is enough to make me pass or for sure not buy my headset from HTC.

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