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With a large touch screen, a few physical controls, and a trackball, the Hero more resembles the
You can expect it to have a loaded feature set with HTC Sense front and center. In fact, the Hero is the first U.S. device to have Sense, which offers seven home screens and a broad degree of customization. CNET U.K. got a chance to play with Sense inof the GSM Hero, and they loved what they saw. Another first (at least for Sprint) is HTC Footprints. It's a feature that lets users create digital postcards with photos, an audio clip, and GPS coordinates.
Other goodies on the 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) handset include a 5-megapixel camera with video recoding, Bluetooth with a stereo profile, an accelerometer, visual voice mail, Sprint TV, a microSD card slot, NFL Mobile Live and Nascar Sprint Cup Mobile, a speakerphone, personal organizer options, messaging and e-mail, a music player, Wi-Fi, and integrated GPS. Two especially welcome additions are a 3.5-millimeter headset jack (previous Android devices had only proprietary connections) and Outlook integration with e-mail, contacts and calendar (the MyTouch has e-mail only). Naturally, the Hero will support the full range of apps from the Android Market.
Though the Hero won't go on sale until October 11, you can preregister today at Sprint.com. Simply Everything plans start at $69.99 for 450 anytime minutes plus unlimited nights and weekends, data, messaging, and e-mail.