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Is the Hero very slow and laggy?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Greg Di, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Greg Di

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    I have an EVO. Love it. It's fast with no lag.

    I got my wife a HERO and it appears to be a flaming piece of shlt compared to the EVO in terms of speed.

    EVERYTHING is just slow and laggy. Switching apps, loading apps, you name it. For me to use, it's unbearable. Seems like an iPhone.

    Is this just processor related or what? I might just get her an EVO to shut her up at this point because I can't take the whining.

    BTW, this phone is 2 weeks old, so I am assuming Firmware and software is 100% up to date.
     

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  2. jim_h

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    Hi Greg,

    I've never seen an Evo, but yes the Hero is laggy. Yours will be on firmware v1.5, which is slower than the new v2.1. You can wait for your service provider to send out an official upgrade or look in this forum for the thread about unbranding and upgrading unofficially to v2.1, or you can root the Hero. Lots of choices and reading the threads here will help a lot.

    I unbranded my Hero from 3UK and then upgraded to an unofficial 2.1. It made a big difference to the speed overall, but did not remove the lag. I think this is mostly due to the CPU in the Hero being quite old and relatively slow and partly the immaturity of Android. This will improve as updates are released.

    The Hero can be frustrating, but you can definitely help matters by upgrading the firmware and just being a bit savvy with the way you use and manage it. Again, I'd strongly advise reading around this forum. There are some very knowledgeable people here with a lot of good advice.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    All the best,
    Jim
     
  3. Xyro

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    You could always switch to a custom firmware.

    The official 1.5 firmware your hero is on is miles away from the overclocked 2.2 with jit you could be running :) Even just upgrading to the official 2.1 would be an improvement.

    Still, I've never used an Evo, but from what I've heard, you're never going to coax the same level of performance out of the Hero.
     
  4. mgillespie

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    The Hero is a little laggy compared to the latest powerful androids, however it's far from unsufferable.

    The 2.1 update should help things greatly.
     
  5. Jaffa

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    I never have to wait more than 1 second for mine to do anything, except load contact details when linking from the dialer!!
     
  6. Slug

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    Well, considering the gap in time and technology between the Hero and the EVO that's not really so surprising, is it? A slower processor, less memory, less capable display.... they're at least two generations apart.

    However, seeing as you (a) specifically compare it to the EVO and (b) appear to be a Verizon customer, I'm assuming that your wife in fact has the Sprint Hero which is a completely different beast to our GSM device. I'll therefore move this thread to the Sprint Hero forum.
     
  7. Kelmar

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    My wife owns an Evo and I own a rooted Hero....

    I personally think my ROOTED Hero is faster than her brand new stock Evo.
     
  8. stay_clean

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    Anyone complaining about lag should install Launcherpro, and use that as the default launcher instead of regular Sense. Much, much, much speedier. Only have had this phone for a month or two, but I have never experienced lag after installing the app.
     
  9. treborcj

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    Yeah, my Rooted Hero is just as fast as my co-worker's Stock Evo.
     
  10. Joshewah

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    This.

    My rooted/OC'd Hero is at the very least just as fast as my coworkers Evo, if not faster (or seemingly faster).

    Now I don't feel so bad about being stuck with the Hero for the next 8 months. Hell, I might even keep it longer.
     
  11. Joehunni

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    Aosp rom, or .6 update based Sense UI rom + launcherpro (on aosp rom) + overclock to 710 - any task killer = just as fast and dependable as an Evo. My Hero was far from unbearable even stock and has only gotten quicker.
     
  12. DonB

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    You guys may convince me to root now, LOL
     
  13. Joehunni

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    I told ya you'd eventually come around lol.
     
  14. DonB

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    I almost did come around to the dark side but opted out, but gets closer with everyday, lol
     
  15. Joehunni

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    You can always go back to stock, just remember that.
     
  16. DonB

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    Yep I know which is what is making it more appealing, LOL
     
  17. Joehunni

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    Have fun lol, I look forward to your new thread in the "All Things Root" section.
     
  18. DonB

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    HaHa get ready I may bug you for help. lol I had a helper but he started working again and has not been on the site that much as of late.
     
  19. Joehunni

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    lol, lemme know.
     
  20. DonB

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    LOL, after a couple of Margherita's
     
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