cripes! why do these things always devolve into nonsense. i'm happy and quite content w/ the Hero. my other posts here substantiate that... the questions was why does it lack a proximity sensor (what is the logic), as it seems the de facto thing to put in smartphones these days. the question wasn't, "why is HTC so unfair to me, boo hoo poor me". there may be different people, but afaict, they all have noggins, and we all invariably call phone automated systems where proximity is handy. I can't really think of a con for it so i seriously doubt the board meeting went something like, "let's make a phone for people who don't like proximity sensors", no more than they would say, "let's make a camera-less phone for people who hate pictures".