A lot of people have been excitedly touting the new HTC Hero as an iPhone killer but I’m not convinced.
It has an obvious advantage over the iPhone in that it’s going to be available in the UK from both Orange and T-Mobile, but although it’s not quite as ugly as the G1, it retains that dreadful ‘chin’ from the earlier model and still looks functional rather than stylish.
As the video from makers HTC shows, the interface had had a decent and long needed makeover (the GUI on the G1 is as ugly as it’s possible to imagine) but is that going to be enough?
A big part of the iPhone’s appeal is the ‘must have’ nature of the brand and although HTC may be well known by mobile phone followers, its profile in the wider phone buying populous isn’t anywhere near as high.
Even as a G1 owner I can’t see this having much bragging rights.