Sometimes I'm amazed by my patience while waiting for new gadgets to arrive, but when there's a new smartphone coming out that I have been anxiously awaiting and a way to get it a few days early, I spring into action. Today was one of those days, so I decided to brave the nasty weather here in Texas and head out in search of my first Android device.
It seems that Best Buy is offering an early purchase of the HTC Hero from Sprint to Reward Zone members, valid either Friday or Saturday, before it goes on sale to the general public this Sunday. Being an RZ member, I immediately decided to take advantage of the offer instead of ordering from Sprint.
Best Buy sells the Hero for an out-the-door price of $179.99 on a new or upgraded two-year contract, with no mail-in rebates required. This is a much better deal than ordering directly through Sprint Telesales, where the phone is $279.99 and you must wait for a $100 mail-in rebate to drop the price down.
I've really been wanting an Android device ever since seeing the T-Mobile G1 last year and so far in my limited testing, the Hero looks like a very nice alternative to the other smartphones out there, especially the one hailing from Cupertino. Many reviewers across the web seem to agree; this is one solid device on both the hardware and software front.
This weekend I'll be busy trying out all of the features on the phone, so I should have a mini-review very soon. In the meantime, if there are any questions about the Hero, just ask in the comments and I'll try and answer them for you.