We don't need another hero...oh wait, yes we do, especially if it's a sexy new Android phone and a gateway to a while new world of phone puns.
HTC has obliged with the Hero, its third handset to sport the Google Android operating system, which makes the score HTC: 3, everyone else: 0.
The Hero also debuts Sense, HTC's new user interface for Android, meaning that this is the first phone that doesn't fall into the Google-phone category, since it's doing its own thing with a bunch of custom UI tweaks.
We liked what HTC did with its TouchFLO user interface, which make a valient attempt to cover the horribly disfigured Windows Mobile 6.1 on phones such as the Touch Diamond2. And we loved the HTC Magic, HTC's second Android phone, so much that we gave an Editor's Choice award and made idiots of ourselves over it.
So we've got high hopes that this can be our hero, baby, it can kiss away our pain. Especially our battery pain, since the Magic needs charging more than Green Lantern's ring. HTC promises that the Hero will offer 420 minutes of talk time on 3G, compared to 400 for the Magic and 350 for the G1. Standby is rated at 750 hours, compared to 660 for the Magic and 402 for the G1.
The Hero will be available in July on T-Mobile -- where it's being called the T-G1 Touch, as a follow-up to the G1 -- and on Orange.
Click the picture to see us get our hands on the Hero's oddly curved body and find out more about the features of this powerful touchscreen smartphone.