Sprint HTC Hero Available Friday Oct. 9, 2009 at Best Buy for Reward Zone Members.
If you’re not a Reward Zone Member beginning Sunday Oct. 11, 2009 the Sprint HTC Hero will be available for purchase through all Sprint channels including Sprint.com, Sprint Retail Stores and Best Buy for $179.99 after $100 Mail-in Rebate and a new 2 year contract. The non-contract purchase price is $429.99 through Sprint and $599.99 through Best Buy according to their most recent update on BestBuy.com.
Personally I have pre-ordered my Hero with Best Buy and plan on picking it up Friday morning. The announcement of the Samsung Moment (post below), did spark my interest for a quick second simply because of the faster processor. After considerable thought I’ve decided to stay with the HTC Hero for two reasons, one being I’m not a big fan of Samsung Products & two the HTC Hero features the HTC Sense UI which makes the HTC Hero the best Android phone currently on the market.
Sense includes 7 home screens and large widgets with extra features that go beyond the vanilla Android experience supplied to everyone by Google. So the Hero looks and behaves somewhat differently. For instance, a contact page in the address book application consolidates that contact’s Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts. The music player and photo album look better, and the Hero with Sense can use Microsoft’s Exchange service to synchronize mail, calendars and contacts.
Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g network
- For Internet capability and Bluetooth-compatible for connecting to your computer.
3.2″ touch screen
- With fingerprint-resistant coating, pinch-to-zoom capability and trackball navigation for clear viewing of your text messages, photos and videos.
microSD digital media card slot
- Supports microSD cards up to 32GB (2GB card included) for easy storage or transfer of photos.
Built-in 5.0MP digital camera
- Lets you take still photos and short videos.
Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 compatibility
- For wireless communication with a Bluetooth-enabled device.
- Lets you communicate by typing. Also supports text messaging via POP, IMAP and Exchange Active Sync accounts.
- Lets you access the Web via Google, check your e-mail and provides quick access to social networking sites, including Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.
Microsoft Outlook integration
- Allows you to synchronize the phone with your computer to access e-mail, calendar and contacts.
Android Market app store
- Provides access to more than 8,000 downloadable applications (additional fees apply).
- Allows you to watch news, sports, weather, movie trailers and more. NASCAR Sprint Cup mobile gives you information on races and your favorite driver. NFL Mobile Live delivers games and league news (additional fees may apply).
- Delivers driving directions to get you to your desired location.
Visual voice mail
- For quick and easy access to specific voice mail messages.