Originally Posted by JB in AZ
Actually, IF it comes with 1.5, I would root it first. Then the OP would have more options. After rooting a 1.5 rom, they could try a 2.1 rom, (from the custom rom collection) and if it wasn't liked, could go back to 1.5, via the Nandroid that is made at the last step of rooting.
There are several Custom 2.1 roms that are virtually the same as the Stock 2.1 rom to see if their Hero "handles" it well.
I agree with you...
I highly suggest getting root...
but then you have have to do the custom ROM 2.1
and it will void your warranties... you can but the phone back to stock .. to get warranty.
but that was not what they asked....
it did not seem that they wanted root.