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Sprint HTC Hero reviewed

CNET reviews the Sprint's first Google Android smartphone, the HTC Hero.

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Sprint was one of the first carriers to join the Open Handset Alliance when it was founded in November 2007 to promote Google Android. However, unlike T-Mobile, which released the T-Mobile G1 and the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, the carrier wasn't so quick to offer an Android handset to its customers because it simply didn't think the operating system was "good enough"; that is, until now.

Starting on October 11, Sprint will offer its first Android device, the HTC Hero, for $179.99 with a two-year contract and unlimited data plan. We've actually had a few days with the device, and it looks like the carrier's waiting game might have paid off. The Hero offers a number of notable enhancements to make it the most advanced Android device to date. The smartphone also sports a new design and the highly customizable HTC Sense user interface. However, it's not without its faults and won't be everyone's cup of tea. To get all the details, read our full review of the Sprint HTC Hero.