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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by shush, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. shush

    shush Lurker
    Thread Starter

    It's been a month since I switched from a Blackberry Pearl to the HTC Hero. The first few days I was totally blown away by it. Now that the initial rush has subsided, I still like my phone but no, I don't love it.
    * My biggest quibble is that the paint on the call button has started to peel off. I have a huge red blob instead of the hang up symbol there now and it totally ruins what I always thought was a very pretty phone.
    * I've started to notice more and more of a lag. I use taskiller regularly and it becomes better as soon as I turn off many apps but slowly the lag starts building up. I've tried my friends' iphone and droid with even more apps than mine running and they are both WAY quicker.
    * The Android marketplace search is atrocious. I can't believe the worst part of a google run service is search!!!

    I still like it for its form factor and the UI and the Sprint service is WAY better than my T-mobile was... but it still is a poor man's iphone.

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  2. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

    Why stay with it if you are not happy?
  3. mainevent3405

    mainevent3405 Newbie

  4. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Go to sprint and get the phone replaced. Paint shouldn't be peeking yet.

    The Hero never was claimed to be the fastest phone on the market.

    Android market could be improved, but if you bought the phone for the market alone you probably. should have gotten the iPhone.

    As already mentioned, if you don't like it then get rid of it. When your first post is just a complaint you ain't get much sympathy.
  5. Penny

    Penny Member

    It isn't a poor mans iphone to me. The only thing that I like better on the iphone is the screen size.
  6. TF1984

    TF1984 Android Enthusiast

    ey, I'm not taking sides nor am I provoking any more complaining about ANY device that doesn't do this or doesnt do that... BUT

    I have hero on personal line and iPhone (2nd gen) on business line. I've always in recent months had business line (iPhone) forwarded to personal line and just left the iPhone sitting in a drawer.

    Today for some uinknown reason I decided to take my iPhone along for the day. Wow I forgot how seemless and flawless it runs. yeah, bigger screen is great. But man O man there is zero lag in typing, switching apps or scrolling through the screen. I'm happy, and I'm stickin with the Hero, I'm just sayin. iPhone is pretty seemless as far as on-screen animation is concerned.

    Mods are welcome to delete my comment, I'm just babblin...
  7. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Its fine, people need to remember the Hero would be seamless like that too if the os was locked down, and only had 1 thing running at a time.
  8. TF1984

    TF1984 Android Enthusiast

    yeah. now let me tell you why my iPhone is BACK IN the drawer...

    cause it's only fun to play with for about a day. one day every two months, that's about all i can take of those brain cell killing little boring boxes that cover EACH AND EVERY home screen. BLAH, feel like I just chugged a fifth of Jack and puked it up.

    My Hero is not only a multi-tasker, but it's also phenomenally beautiful to look at. My wife is jealous! :D

    Have you guys seen the new app released that locks the screen IMMEDIATELY during a phone call? check it out, search market for "proximity Sensor" ...must have auto backlight enabled.
  9. acp

    acp Android Expert

    lol @ iPhone envy

    I owned an iPhone, then I had a Moment and now check my sig for validation.

    Also, .....

  10. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    I've owned an iphone and NUMEROUS other phones.

    Looks like the Hero will be my FIRST phone that I've owned for more then 2 months!!!
  11. cooolone2

    cooolone2 Android Enthusiast

    Lolz... well diatribe forums it is "not", but certainly could be mistaken for.

    You have a right to voice you opinion... BUT, there a many tens if not hundreds of happy Hero owners to the displeased. I'm really beginning to think Apple is trolling the net with all this junk, trash talking the Android phones.

    I have null issues and very happy with the Hero... Happiest yet knowing it will only get better and better.
    Example; the screen lock while on call... maybe a few days people talking about it and already a Dev wrote an app to take care of it. So tell me? Did someone write an App to allow anything the iPhone can't do? Do you think Apple would allow a Dev to embarrass them and approve such an app? Apple will give up market share to the new and powerful & OPEN Android OS... you might leave... but you'll be back, lol...

  12. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    I came from a pearl also...and I agree with you completely. I was heavily debating going back to the tour, but that phone seems to have a lot of issues.

    I will most likely be going to the pearl 2 when sprint releases it in the spring.

    A phone should NOT lag, lockup, or get confused when many things are happening at once...and if the phone locks up even once when I am trying to answer a call, that is unacceptable.

    Yes its a phone...and thats my point, its a PHONE!!! how hard could it be to make it work right. I fully expect the manufacturer to produce a perfect product that works as advertised.

    To expect anything less, is to lower the standard the manufacturer itself sets for its devices.
  13. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    What you dont understand, is while apple would not allow a developer to 'embarrass' them, they wouldn't need to, because last i checked, the iphone already locks while on a call.

    I dont think apple is trolling, but they have set the standard, one that in 3 years, nobody has touched...you dont see anything wrong with that?

    sure, att sucks, which is why im on sprint, but the iphone just works.
  14. iamnid

    iamnid Newbie

    I came to the Hero from the Tour. I was on my fourth Tour with the 5th on order when I got fed up and demanded a different phone.

    I couldn't be happier. There is some lag, but the OS is just light years ahead of anything running on Blackberry right now. I have absolutely no regrets at all and cannot imagine going back to any current Blackberry.

    Loved my Curve 8330 for the year I had it... hated the Tour I had for the frustrating 6 months I had it. In my opinion, the Tour was just a curve with a better screen and a pretty skin on the os.

    I'm loving my Hero and am excited for 2.0 and all the other good Android stuff that's sure to come out in the near future.
  15. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Sure, Apple set the new standard but I would hardly state that the standard has not been matched. I would argue the standard has been matched and surpassed.

    I will also say that a new industry changing standard has NoT been made since the iPhone.
  16. ajuarbe

    ajuarbe Newbie

    I love my HERO!!!! I had a Blackberry Curve and I am happy I switched. I have also played with my friends iphone and I was not impressed. First of all there was plenty of lag with the original iphone and they released a couple of models since to improve it. I am sure that when we have a Hero3 or something there will be no lag. My phone seems to be very fast so I am not sure how much lag people are experiencing, but then again I do not have a bunch of crap on my phone.

    The Hero feels like I have a computer in my hand that can make phone calls. I am sticking with Android from here on out. Android is the future and anyone not on board will be left behind. :D
  17. zombdroid

    zombdroid Android Enthusiast

    Finally! A voice of reason.
  18. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    and you would be wrong

    Doesn't that sort of conflict with your first statement?
  19. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    look if you like a iphone fine, you like droid fine,pre fine and if your rockin the HTC Hero fine.just get what makes you happy.
  20. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

    No, he is saying that Android has matched and surpassed iPhone. It hasn't set a new industry standard, it is winning at the standard the iPhone set.

    The only thing iPhone has over the Hero is hardware, and the Droid beats that. Cripple the hero down to only a single app at a time, and lock down the device and it runs really really smooth with 1.6. Take a look at the Euro youtube vids running 1.6.

    It took apple 3 years to get a phone that ran really smooth, could actually Copy/Paste, and could text a picture.

    Most android phones are still running 1.5. 2.1 is coming out. Android has not had the maturity time that iPhone has had. I see Android surpassing iPhone as a smartphone much quicker than it took apple to get a complete device.

    iPhone will continue to dominate as a "simple" smartphone. I think the Pre is a better comparison for the iPhone than Android is. It is a simple, well rounded phone that is realitivly locked down.

    Android is a computer that anyone can write an application for. That comes will all the benefits are great programmers, and the faults of beginner programmers.

    Android will surpass iPhone for the Tech savy users, but iPhone will always have its place (the way it is right now) Will be interesting to see how Apple responds to the growing Android marketshare.
  21. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    The next iphone will probably have widgets and have a 'desktop' layer...there is talk its headed to sprint in the spring...and I will be immediately jumping ship.

    I give no sympathy to the 'newness' of the hero, if it cant hit the ground running, it should and will fail.
  22. NewbieX2

    NewbieX2 Member

    THIS is certainly interesting...The iPhone coming to Sprint (My current wireless provider) wouldn't be enough for me to want it (I'm switching my Pre for a Hero soon...maybe), but if they can implement multitasking to a tolerable extent, then I may end up looking at that device. But, it seems much more likely that at Christmas time I will just get myself a Hero and call it a day. I honestly can't wait. The only issues I really hear with it are the lag, and I'm a pretty patient person, so it's no big deal. Also, if new versions of Android will just fix that lag, then what phone could beat it? I was even thinking of switching to Verizon for a bit so I could get the Droid.
  23. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    1. The hero is better that the moto droid, the eris (on verizon) is better than the hero.

    2. Lag will not be fixed by updates.

    3. 'multi-tasking' is way over rated. on a pc, you multi-task and the app continues to run...EXACTLY as it was. on the phone, things change. I cant multi task out of a setup wizard and back in...so, and if i open an email and a web page i cant jump between the two anyhow.
  24. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

    That is your opnion. I do not like touch screen only, I prefer the buttons and larger battery. I would like the proximity sensor, but that is not a deal breaker.

    You obviously have not watched the videos of updated phones. Updates do indeed fix the lag.

    You can do the same with Android as it is.

    If you are not happy with your hero fine, do you have to keep posting your negative thoughts? You have your opinions and that is ok, you are not going to convince people to dislike their phones.
  25. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Android Enthusiast

    The eris is better because its thinner, has a prox sensor and does not have dust issues.

    I have dubbed the lag in he hero 'htc lag' every HTC device has a certain amount of additional lag. they should have included additional hardware to compensate.

    My opinions are fact.

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