Someone get on the phone and tell Bonnie Tyler she can stop holding out for a hero. Sprint and Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC have just announced that the HTC Hero, Sprint’s first Google Android -based smartphone, will be available starting October 11th. Despite sporting a slightly redesigned look from that of its Jay Leno chin having European cousin, Sprint’s Hero keeps the same key features that make it even better than T-Mobile’s G1 and MyTouch 3G: a 5-megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack (crucial for those who want to use their phone as an mp3 player), stereo Bluetooth, a MicroSD slot, a huge 3.2-inch capacitive multitouch screen with a fingerprint resistant coating, Wi-Fi, a full featured web-browser, and GPS. There’s also the new user interface to consider. Unlike T-Mobile’s Android offerings, the HTC Hero features HTC Sense, which offers a multi-panel customizable home screen with Internet based widgets, HTC Scenes, which lets you set up different home screens for different environments (work, home, etc…), and HTC Footprints, a GPS-based diary app which lets you associate photos, audio and notes about places you’ve been with a GPS location to form “digital postcards”. Of course, being an Android phone, you’ll also have access to the Android Market and its tens of thousands of apps (and yet, absolutely zero androids…). All this can be yours for a mere $179.99 with a two-year contract and after $150 in rebates.
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