In January, About.com asked readers to nominate their favorite smartphones. From Feb. 1-24, readers were allowed to vote for their favorite through an online poll. The results are in and the winner of the 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards for Smartphones is HTC Hero from Sprint.
HTC Hero took home an overwhelming 81 percent of the vote, and beat out several well-known finalists, including BlackBerry Bold 9700, iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid.
Even About.com’s device reviewers noted, “While the HTC Hero may not be as well known as its rivals, its victory is not exactly an upset. This phone can match many of the bigger-name devices feature for feature. When I reviewed it last year, I called it the "best Android phone yet." And even after testing the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One, I'd still call the Hero my favorite Android-based device.”
This isn’t the first award HTC Hero has received. It was recognized as Best Mobile Handset or Device at the 15th Annual Global Mobile Awards at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
HTC Hero is a full-featured smartphone with Wi-Fi, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capabilities and a fingerprint resistant coating, integrated GPS Navigation and trackball navigation.
HTC Hero was the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, an intuitive experience that was built with a guiding philosophy to put people at the center and allow the device to completely be customized to the wants and needs of the user. The devices’ seven-panel wide home screen can be populated with customizable widgets that bring information to the surface.
It is the first Sprint device to offer HTC Footprints™, an application experience that enables users to chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favorite restaurant or special place, while its specific GPS coordinates; Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.
HTC Hero also lets users easily create and switch between Scenes to reflect different moments or roles in their lives, such as work, social, travel and play.
HTC Hero features an integrated 5.0 MP camera and camcorder. It also offers easy access to personal and business email, instant messaging and text messaging through POP, IMAP and Exchange Active Sync accounts.