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Old January 2nd, 2011, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't post often so if this has already been talked about sorry for the re-post. Well the other day I was at my local Sprint store and I was chatting with one of the girls there and she had mentioned that Hero was being phased out...so what does that mean when I have to get my device replaced(I know it'll happen I'm on my third one) I looked online but couldn't really find any answers...yet I'm not the brightest crayon in the box. So any answers would be of great help.

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Old January 2nd, 2011, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Probably.

Best Buy lists the phone as unavailable for in store pick up at the 6 stores within 10 miles of my home

I was at a non Sprint, Sprint store last week for a free non warranty non insurance repair and the only ones I saw were and the employee's all had them. The Tech said he loved working on Hero's and wished all the others were that easy
 
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Heh. It was inevitable that the venerable Sprint HTC Hero be phased out eventually.

I, for one, still love mine. None of the other non 4G handsets at Sprint appeal to me and I do not want to pay the piper for the $10 a month 4G fee.
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I don't post often so if this has already been talked about sorry for the re-post. Well the other day I was at my local Sprint store and I was chatting with one of the girls there and she had mentioned that Hero was being phased out...so what does that mean when I have to get my device replaced(I know it'll happen I'm on my third one) I looked online but couldn't really find any answers...yet I'm not the brightest crayon in the box. So any answers would be of great help.

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Old January 3rd, 2011, 12:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well it was bound to happen, it's a a 1 1/2 year-old phone, which is very old in the mobile tech world. Just because Sprint's moved on to newer devices shouldn't be pressure to get a new phone. There will always be something "better" months after you purchase your device, and I have to say that Sprint and HTC stuck by the Hero much longer than other devices.

Anyway, I like it and it does everything I need it to:

- Does it make phone calls? Of course.
- Customizable interface? IMO Sense is THE BEST interface. I even gave Vanilla Android 2.2.1 (AOSP ROM) a try and went back because its so easy, intuitive, and fun. Check.
- Takes pictures? Great pictures, even if no flash. Check.
- Shoot video? Check.
- Play music? I'm old enough to remember the days of carrying CD's around with a Discman. Kids are so spoiled. MP3 playback is still, IMO, a big deal even if its a standard for all devices. Sense's music player is really cool, good looking and simple to use. Check.
- All the other smart phone stuff like email, web browsing, calendar sync, GPS/Navigation, texting, etc? We take these things for granted, and again to me its still a big deal. People forget the days of carrying a cell phone that only made calls.
- Play videos and movies? Am I the only one who knows how awesome it is to live in an age where we can watch movies in a hand held device? Standard feature today, a mere dream to a teen back in the 90's.
- Tether internet? Sure, especially if rooted the Hero can be a mobile hotspot.
- Games? Ok, by today's Snapdragon standards the Hero can't compare. You can play simple games, but its no gaming powerhouse.

Things newer phones can do that the Hero can't (and I'm not sure I need it):

- 4G capabilities. I don't even get 4G where I live, but it will probably be the standard in the future.
- Video chat. Not exactly a must-have. Not available to everyone in my family who I live far from, and I'm not anxious to video chat with anyone I'm near. Its whatever.
- Flash 10.1. Ok, yeah with Flash Lite you can see all the great advertisements, but you won't be playing the cooler Flash games. Not that most of them would be much fun without a mouse or keyboard. While we're on the topic --
- Gaming. I definitely wouldn't mind a bit more processing power to play some of the more awesome games out there, but then again its not something I have a bunch of time to do.
- Mobile hotspot, but only if you refuse to root.
- Hmmm can't think of anything else. The Hero can't compete with the sheer speed of devices with Snapdragons and Hummingbirds, but overall they don't really do much it can't do.

On a related side note, since we're talking about the Hero being phased out, its "replacement" is the LG Optimus S. Reviews are good, and it has a little more under the hood than the Hero. But I saw my buddy's Optimus S, and I took one swipe on the touch screen and I didn't need to see anymore. I don't care HOW smoothly it operates or how well it plays Angry Birds, it's touch screen is nowhere near as good. And to me, for a device that has no keyboard, the touch screen is all-important and the Hero has an awesome one.
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My wife has an optimus. I was jealous at first, but when I noticed the screen was plastic I was all to content with my froyoed hero. I love my hero, but will probably upgrade to an evo or one of its kin when I'm eligible.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My wife has an optimus. I was jealous at first, but when I noticed the screen was plastic I was all to content with my froyoed hero. I love my hero, but will probably upgrade to an evo or one of its kin when I'm eligible.
The hardware specs on the Sprint LG Optimus S are actually pretty decent. It has 512 MB of RAM and a CPU that can be overclocked for easy performance gains, not to mention it started out with Android 2.2 and will get Android 2.3 for sure.

I did not know the screen was plastic. I thought it was glass. That is kind of a downer actually. The ROM scene for the Sprint LG Optimus S is actually heating up a lot too. But, in the end, I would still stick with my Sprint HTC Hero. It has been very good to me.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The hardware specs on the Sprint LG Optimus S are actually pretty decent. It has 512 MB of RAM and a CPU that can be overclocked for easy performance gains, not to mention it started out with Android 2.2 and will get Android 2.3 for sure.

I did not know the screen was plastic. I thought it was glass. That is kind of a downer actually. The ROM scene for the Sprint LG Optimus S is actually heating up a lot too. But, in the end, I would still stick with my Sprint HTC Hero. It has been very good to me.

Kind of a bummer. I didn't know it was plastic as well.


I tried it out this past week and it was a nice little handset ... but compared to my overclocked Hero running CM6.1.0 and the Epic/Evo sitting next to it, it was put to shame. The performace boosts to the Optimus are supposedly pretty good, though, once you root and flash custom ROMs on it.


Looking forward to CES in 2 days. Hopefully some good looking phones come out. I've been eligible to upgrade, but have been holding out. I love my Hero and was thinking of getting a new Android tablet instead of dropping $200+ on a newer phone.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 11:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Kind of a bummer. I didn't know it was plastic as well.


I tried it out this past week and it was a nice little handset ... but compared to my overclocked Hero running CM6.1.0 and the Epic/Evo sitting next to it, it was put to shame. The performace boosts to the Optimus are supposedly pretty good, though, once you root and flash custom ROMs on it.


Looking forward to CES in 2 days. Hopefully some good looking phones come out. I've been eligible to upgrade, but have been holding out. I love my Hero and was thinking of getting a new Android tablet instead of dropping $200+ on a newer phone.
Yeah, I am eligible to upgrade to a new handset in just under a month, but I have no plans currently to do so. Sprint seems set in its plan to not bring out a high end handset to the 3G only buyers, which is a damned shame in my opinion.

I really have no options to turn to for a higher specification handset after my Sprint HTC Hero bites the dust, which I hope it never does. I would LOVE a Sprint HTC EVO 4G, but I do not love the 4G fee that is attached to it.
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Yeah, I am eligible to upgrade to a new handset in just under a month, but I have no plans currently to do so. Sprint seems set in its plan to not bring out a high end handset to the 3G only buyers, which is a damned shame in my opinion.

I really have no options to turn to for a higher specification handset after my Sprint HTC Hero bites the dust, which I hope it never does. I would LOVE a Sprint HTC EVO 4G, but I do not love the 4G fee that is attached to it.
The Shift looks pretty good, imo
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Yes....but Friggin slide out keyboard.....ARGGGGGHHHHH
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I bit the bullet and upgraded to an EVO recently. $99 (Radio shack price) price matched at Best Buy, added in a $20 BB Rewards coupon, net to me was $79...the $10 monthly still irks me, (no 4G here, not that I care) but I can't complain with the price I paid, I figure I got at least a few months of the fee covered. It is quite nice. And the size, which I had previously not been a fan of, quickly became very normal feeling, and best of all..NO SLIDE OUT Keyboard!!
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I bit the bullet and upgraded to an EVO recently. $99 (Radio shack price) price matched at Best Buy, added in a $20 BB Rewards coupon, net to me was $79...the $10 monthly still irks me, (no 4G here, not that I care) but I can't complain with the price I paid, I figure I got at least a few months of the fee covered. It is quite nice. And the size, which I had previously not been a fan of, quickly became very normal feeling, and best of all..NO SLIDE OUT Keyboard!!
My wife has one now, and it sure is nice
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The Shift looks pretty good, imo
But the Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G is 4G right? It even says 4G in the name.

My point is I do not want to be nickeled and dimed to death by Sprint because I have a 4G handset. I am happy with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity at present.
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Well, it has yet to reach End of Life, but I imagine, like many who have posted here, it will retain a devout loyal following.

I'm quite disappointed in Sprint's seemingly perpetual Behind the Crowd chase with respect to handsets. I thought for sure last year they ushered in a new mentality with the New CEO... but it appears to be short lived!

The HERO with an updated dual core processor and one of those new fangled dedicated video processors would make it #1 as the size and feel are just oh so right!!!

I have my Hero since they came out and I've not found anything to yet tickle my interest... So I'll be holding onto it for now!

BTW, after 13 months my screen gave out and I received a NEW (refurbished) unit. Just as good as the original, rooted and restored within an hour!!!
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I would say that it's only a matter of time until Sprint's HTC Hero is phased out for good, I mean, the phone has been out now for about 15 months and it's had a nice life and has done well for the carrier. Unfortunately, nobody is looking for an older Android phone that is not as sexy looking as some of the newer models on the sales floor, especially if they know that it isn't going to be getting FroYo or any other kind of cool upgrade to it, I guess it's time to let the old dog rest for good now. Heck, even Radioshack and Best Buy in my area no longer carry the Hero, last I saw the Hero at Radioshack it was at a regular price of $50 for new activations as well as upgrades, and that was probably September/October of 2010.

I've had my Hero since Feb 2010 and it's served me well, I'll be due for an upgrade next month and I think I'll either be going with the EVO Shift 4G or the Epic 4G, but I'll always remember the Hero for being the phone that introduced me to the Android OS, for that I will always be thankful.
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I went to the sprint store today to check out the evo shift. I looked around and saw that the Hero was displayed on the same side as the evo, epic, and shift. Im sure it will be around for a while longer but it will eventually disappear eventually
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