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4 Reasons Why You Should Buy The HTC Hero

We will forgive T-Mobile for attempting to hijack the goodwill of the HTC G1 "Dream" by changing the name of the HTC Hero to that of the first Android smartphone.

The more we look at the HTC Hero, the more attractive it appears. Mind you the iPhone 3GS would still remain the firm favourite but if for any reason, you disliked the Apple stalwart handheld, then the Hero might just fit the bill.

(1) It is the sexiest Android phone your money can buy now. The Hero looks much better than the HTC Magic or the Dream. Although it still keeps the family's distinctive "chin" feature, Hero won't come with any physical keyboard which means a much slimmer, "squarer" profile. Coupled with that attractive aluminium border and the fact that it will be available in three different classic colours and you have a great looking phone.

(2) Support for Flash. That is something that the iPhone has yet to offer (unless Apple decides to buy Adobe soonish). This means that Hero will be able to use loads of cool websites that would otherwise have been left unvisited. Furthermore, it does allow Hero to potentially tap in an incredible pool of talented Flash developers. HTC's Flashed smartphone comes more than two months before Adobe releases a complete mobile Flash solution that will exclude Apple.

(3) 5-megapixel camera. It might only be a nudge upwards but since the Magic still kept the same 3.2-megapixel resolution from the Dream, the move to 5-megapixel by the Hero is a welcomed one. If only they could have added a proper flash, it would have been a winner.

(4) An overhauled Android overhaul. The Sense UI as HTC says, "delivers on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected". To put it in simpler words, it puts a much prettier, more intuitive face on the Android operating system and HTC has already announced that it will be rolling Sense UI out to the other Androids. Sense UI makes the concept of Widgetisation central to the smartphone experience.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.