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Google Android HTC Hero, Motorola Droid Hands-on Video -- Smartphone Round Robin

Week 3 the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin serves me up on a princess-splattered platter for Google's Android platform with the equally pretty HTC Hero and the red-eyed macho-mech, Motorola's DROID.

Our ace Android Central expert, the generally non-grievous Casey Chan is helping me out in the video below the fold, and I've also headed over to AC's cantina to mind-trick me some answers.

Remember, every day you post on my Android Central Forums thread, you're entered for a chance to win the Android of your choice. (And there's a total of 6 smartphones up for grabs -- one per SPE site -- so check them all out!)

And since turn-about is fair play, the aforementioned Casey has returned from the Dark Droid Side to once again wield the iPhone, and you can now be his Yodas in the TiPb Forums! (And win an iPhone 3GS!)

Now brace yourselves for the jump to lightspeed (and a week of poor Star Wars puns!) because Casey's about to show me everything new and hopeful about Hero's Sense UI and Droid's Android 2.0!

[YouTube Video link]

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Apple has some work to do. I love my iphone and won't swith, however google android is very impressive. I hope Apple is taking notes and really hits out the park with 4.0
  • While the Droid is nice it doesn't really bring anything innovative to the game. This isn't a game changer, the way the iPhone was. If apple are paying attention to trends and the way things are going, I'm pretty sure they'll have some nice tricks up their sleeves come june 2010.
  • Video link is broken.
  • the model t was impressive when autmobiles first started, however as more car companies came out they took the inovative product and improved on it. Apple needs to allow the same features as a jailbroken iphone be standard. I don't think they need a physical keyboard (gasp) or radical phone design change like the droid(i hope they leave the look alone)but the os can use a a upgrade.
  • Too bad there weren't more options for a true home screen, a la HTC's sense UI. That's the one (and only) thing that I miss from my WinMo days was the ability to see, at a glance, missed calls, e-mails, texts, upcoming appointments, and the weather. Perhaps, as chrisr1975 suggests, allowing some of the jailbroken-type features officially on to the device would be a nice re-fresh.
  • Can someont tell Casy to get past the 10000 app number. Google itself announced that the count was around 16000 weeks ago when AndroLib was claiming it was 20000. It was only posted on Androidcentral.
  • @freaknasty
    This video was made a while back. The Droid was still running 2.0
    At that time it only had around 10,000 apps
  • I just made the switch from iPhone 3g to HTC Hero, not because I don't love iPhone, but because Sprint has MUCH MUCH MUCH better plans and rates! I'll save about $65 a month!!
    Regardless, Hero is a great phone. Takes a bit of getting used to it, not as smooth transition wise, but pretty close! I also love the way Hero (and Droid) allows for social networking to interact with the phone software. So far, I'm very impressed. getting used to buttons again is odd - haha.
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