Hands on with the latest and greatest Android phone.
We posted some news about the new HTC Heroa few weeks back. And it looks like it’s coming sooner than you think! Sorry early adopters that went and grabbed the HTC Magic earlier this month, but for our money the HTC Hero looks to be the Android Smartphone of choice:
Software performance was very snappy, though the interface takes a while to figure out at first. Screen input on the multitouch capacitive screen is accurate and quick, and the slight vibratory haptic feedback does the job, but the software doesn’t seem quite as buttery smooth—especially during multitouch zooming—as the iPhone or Pre, and I noticed occasional keyboard slowdown during browsing. The Android basics are all there, and the multiple homescreens are the same as they’ve always been, albeit populated with a pile of new HTC widgets.
It’s coming to Asia by the end of this Summer! And a must see video walkthrough of the new Android “Sense” OS below:
HTC’s new flagship business device is on sale now.
Yes, it does seem like it really is “Attack of the Mobiles” this week, doesn’t it? HTC doesn’t want to miss out on all the hype in the mobile phone market and doesn’t want the 2 remaining fans in Hong Kong of Windows Mobile left without a new phone.
A more straight-forward business phone the HTC Touch Pro2 is on sale right now in Hong Kong for HK$5,680.
Some highlight features of the HTC Touch Pro2 include:
A customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
116mm (L) x 59.2mm (W) x 16.65mm (T)
178.5g (with battery)
Main camera: 3.2 mega-pixel colour camera with auto focus
Touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.
Equipped with sliding QWERTY keyboard, gravity and ambient light sensors.
A high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen WVGA adjustable tilt display.
Proximity sensors to avoid unintended activation of the touch screen.
Expansion slot for MicroSD
Straight Talk is an interesting feature that includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics. When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system. That is pretty neat!
And since you’re probably getting “Phone Fatigue” we’ll finish this off with some shots of the lovely models that helped launched this phone a few days ago in Hong Kong:
The smartphone revolution has begun! Whose side are you on?
If you’ve been following Neonpunch’s mobile phone posts and tweets then you know that the smartphone wars have begun with this week’s HTC Magic the first Android phone released in Hong Kong (legally)! This deluge of amazing mobile technology begins tomorrow in the U.S. with the Palm Pre launch, followed by Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, which we are expecting some new iPhone news but at least the roll-out of OS 3.0. We then come back to Hong Kong on Tuesday to attend Nokia’s N97 launch and wrap it all up later this month with the rumored HTC Hero (yes another one) with maybe a surprise appearance from Samsung and Sony-Ericsson.
The Android Revolution is coming full swing later this year.
Everyone’s talking about the Palm Pre, but we think Android is going to be the winner in the smartphone OS war against the iPhone. Here is a leaked new video from HTC’s new Hero line of colorful phones, running a version of Android codenamed “Rosie” which we believe is the NEXT iteration of Android after 1.5 (codenamed Cupcake) from AndroidCommunity: