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hero firmware. is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Edbanger, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Edbanger

    Edbanger Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sep 24, 2009
    hi all. i had a hero last summer, and stupidly gave it back to get the sony ericsson satio. great camera, crap phone.
    ive just sold my satio, and will get a used hero to see me through till the end of my contract.
    what is the lastest firmware for it, and is it worth it? i have read about it causing the phone to lag more etc. ? where can i find info on what the update does, ie more fetures,etc?
    cheers guys and gals.:) i cant wait till i get it. im like a kid the night before christmas, lol


  2. Majid

    Majid Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    latest firmware was the 2.1 update which came out today (finally!)

    very good phone, however it is last years technology so if u can get a more up-to-date phone e.g. the htc desire or the htc legend then that might be a better bet... however if u arent too fussed then the hero is a very good alternative

  3. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 1, 2009
    The 2.1 update is landing right now in Europe and various other places. I'm not running it my self but everybody seems pretty happy with the performance. I've been running 2.1 for a few months now (via custom ROMs) and I wouldn't go back to 1.5.

    I don't know where you read about it causing lag; this update is brand spanking new. Perhaps you were reading about Sprint Heroes. They got their update a while back and it was very buggy, but luckily they don't use the same software as us (in fact they are different phones, despite sharing the name).
  4. ticho

    ticho Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Somewhere on XDA I have read that for some users, 2.1 on GSM Heroes is slower than 1.5, but to me it is much, much faster - I would even compare the difference in speeds to one between the initial buggy Hero firmware (1.x.xxx.x build numbers) and the one we got by the end of last year (2.x..xxx.x).
  5. Edbanger

    Edbanger Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sep 24, 2009
    thanks for the response. i should recieve my hero tomorow. its orange branded so i will need to wait for the orange update. bummer. i believe the rom update will wipe the phone memory etc, so whats the best way to save all my apps and contacts etc? thanks
  6. nedamdam

    nedamdam Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Internet Marketing
    @silence/Xyro Well I would say its much slower (and buggier )...... after an answer from htc I did the factory reset she said I should do and still it lags too much ...

    From what I can hear there is not many ppl saying its faster I would be so arrogant and say that the ppl saying its faster are those who didnt had it fast on the 1.5 in the first place. :)
    (I do believe some custom roms or without the sense are faster but that was also on the 1.5)

    And yes its now the GSM version ppl are complaining about. And yes there is the similarity to Sprint.. So they had a second attempt and messed it up again ... they dont even know what they did ....

    And there are many ppl crying about lagging on the 2.1 even in this forum or others am one of them .... (Even in the market, read comments to apps)

    I have to admit that apps load faster! But the whole sense, or home, dialer, etc are lagging too much to be happy about faster starting apps.

    @Edbanger not sure it will wipe it out.
    To the best way of backing up? For contacts you use google contacts not much needed to back it up if its on a google server.

    Apps/settings backing up and reinstalling them using something like MyBackup(pro) or Astro, resolved into (well by me maybe I had it bugged? :) ) not able to update them since they didnt pop up there.. but you can use that

    So I would just remember what you had isntalled and install it manualy :D and screw settings and highscores you can do it always better the next time :)
  7. robogo

    robogo Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    I agree with Majid, save up some more money and just get the Desire, it's a much better, faster and newer phone.

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