Discussion in 'HTC Mobile Phones' started by shrimp3r, Jun 24, 2009.
Yep - you could wait for ever - def either the Sammy or Hero for me.
Both the techradar and crunchgera reviews says there is lag and the underpower issue, this really concerns me and is giving me second thoughts. Not really bothered by the camera. Hopefully this will be sorted for the retail version. Id rather wait and get a better product than a rushed job.
Phandroid.com unboxing here
Am I right in thinking that "Rachael" is Sony's equivalent of HTC's "Sense" operating on an Android system?
Does anyone know what Sony phone will be using Racheal?
Rachael is the name of the forthcoming SE Android handset.
Meet the new Sony Ericsson Rachael | SEMC Blog
Thanks for that. I did a search for Rachael on youtube and all it was showing was the operating system.
I'm guessing the SE Rachael will cost about £700 sim free. Looks very impressive though. Shame it has not got a scroll ball.
"@ConorfromOrange HTC Hero available from Orange UK retail stores from tomorrow"
Thanks for the update Shrimp3r....hopefully should not be too long before the T-Mobile release.
Here's a link to a brief but positive Pocket:lint review
HTC Hero mobile phone
It's funny how they view the 'widget lag' in a much more positive light to other reviews.
Just come across an empty forum over at the HTC Hero Blog. Might be worth keeping an eye on if things get busy.
Couldn't find any other HTC Hero community sites anywhere?
Gizmodo review is also up but from the title it appears this one will be rather negative....HTC Hero Review: Tragically Flawed - Htc hero review - Gizmodo
T3 review here http://www.t3.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/htc-hero-mobile-phone-review
Orange are incredibly stingy with their 500MB of internet usage. That you also have to pay extra for.
I must say the initial batch of reviews has slightly taken the edge off this phone for me, it will be good to get some hands-on experience.
Ordered mine from orange loyalty minutes after conerfromorange tweeted the news . Watch out for posts tomorrow when it's arriving
Let's compare the Orange 18 Month contract on this phone. With buying it outright and getting a sim only deal. I will be rounding the prices back up to 17.5% VAT that will go back up on January 1st 2010.
£30.00 - line rental with 600 mins + unlimited text
£5.00 - Internet browsing 500 MB
£35 X 18 = £630
HTC Hero from play.com
12 month o2 simplity contract - 800 mins, 1600 text, "unlimited" internet £20 a month. Lets assume that you let the contract roll over another six months to make it 18 months.
Line rental £20x18 = £360
£399.00 + £360.00 = £759
2 year Orange contract - £35x24 = £840
2 year o2 simplicity £20x24 = £480 + phone @ £399.99 = 879.99
I think it makes much more sense to just buy the phone outright. That is what I think I will be doing. Orange's 500 MB Internet is simply to small an allowance.
You don't even have to sign a sim only deal contract. You could change providers every few months if you wished.
I will wait and see what deals tmobile come up with.
Don't worry they have climbed into bed with Apple!
Or Expansys 12 month deal + 6 months on O2 Simplicity -
TMobile 300 mins/200 text/1000mb for 12 months = 411.12
Phone = 79.99
O2 Simplicy for 6 months = 120
Total amount for 18 months = 611.11
Not as flexible as buying SIM only, but costs about the same as an Orange 18 month deal - but you can switch after 12. Better internet allowance, but less minutes - not a problem for me, I average about 60 mins per month,
Another review - HTC Hero review - SlashGear
Strange thing is SlashGear don't report any performance problems - why are the reviews so contradictory? Will be very interested in real-world view, which we should get in the next few days as Orange are now selling it.
Oh and here's the Hero link on the Orange shop - htc hero in graphite - Mobile Phones | Orange
Haven't you missed the £97.50 cost of the phone off the Orange contract. That is what I'm seeing on their website, or am I missing something?
Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Screw Orange! All you save is £31.50p and on o2 you get an extra 200 mins a month!
£8.51p extra with Orange. Of course you get an extra 100 mins and "unlimited text". But you are also stuck with a measly 500 MB a month for the next TWO YEARS!
Will definitely be buying this sim free! Nothing in life is free, you pay for the handset with Orange over the two year contract. I will get this for £399.99 from play and do a o2 simplicity deal.
Going via Quidco - The web's cashback cooperative, you get £100 cash back on a 12 month O2 Simplicity contract, and only £50 on an Orange contract! Then, on top of that, you'd get a small amount of cashback at Play.com as well, more than making the sim free route CHEAPER!
The Hero is now available on the Orange website. It does not look bad in graphite!
Also available as an upgrade on Orange for £89.99 from 'buymobilephones.net' for delivery from 28/07.
Tempted by this, but I have not used them before.
Anybody had any experience with them?
I guess the advantage of being a long time orange customer on not the smallest contract, is that when something like this comes along, they make it worth your while. The deal I've got is costing me very little more than I was paying already each month, free phone and 1GB data.
I'm sure there are better deals out there, the t mobile flexi plan looks like value for money if you use the credit up.
But I've been an orange customer since I got my first phone, except for 2 years on vodafone. I get good signal and the mobile side of the business has the best customer service I have experienced in recent years. (heard the broadband bit sucks though).
Just my own experience, lots of people seem to think otherwise.
New video from Phonedog - HTC Hero: browser, scenes, and the keyboard - PhoneDog Cell Phone Videos
Discusses reported performance problems at around 8:10 - basically says that if you open lots of apps with the default HTC Scene, you will experience slow down. If you don't have lots of apps and widgets running performance is OK.
HTC Hero Full Review, Mobile Phone Reviews on CNET UK
Got a great review from Cnet, still mentions lag but i think it'll improve with firmware updates. Im prob gonna get this now, just waiting for its T mobile release.
YouTube - HTC Hero: Browser, Scenes, and the keyboard
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