Does Your Small Biz Need a Hero (Smartphone)?

By Lisa Phifer | Posted November 09, 2009

Smartphones with the latest Android operating system from Google offer enough sleek features to give the iPhone a run for its money. And we’re not just talking cool factor either. Android-based phones, the Hero included, make an excellent choice as a work- away-from-the-office companion. Over at PracticallyNetworked.com, Lisa Phifer takes a deep dive into the HTC Hero. The results may surprise you.


The much-anticipated HTC Hero is a top contender in today's exploding touchscreen smartphone line-up. At Sprint, the HTC Hero is now battling the Samsung Moment for Android supremacy, advancing this open source platform from "nice try" to "impressive reality."

With its readily personalized "scenes," vibrant multi-touch screen, clean lines, and ability to simplify all forms of communication, the Hero makes an excellent first impression. Dig deeper and you'll find more to love – along with key limitations that prevent the Hero from taking first place in the Android arena.

Going Google – And More

Like other Android smartphones, the Hero delivers ready access to Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Voice. Likewise, the Hero sports Android extensibility features like easily-added widgets and apps downloaded from the Android Marketplace. Although the Marketplace is still an order of magnitude smaller than Apple's App Store, Android's open approach and handset sales should spur rapid expansion.

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