The HTC Hero S has a single core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor and 768 MB of RAM. The smartphone market is moving so fast now that a single core processor, even at 1.2 GHz, is not cutting edge. There are dual-core processor devices with 1 GB of RAM out there. That’s not to say that this is a slow phone, it simply isn’t really high end.
You’ve got 4 GB of internal memory and it ships with an 8 GB microSD card. If you feel the need to upgrade, you can switch that out for a 32 GB card.
The 5 megapixel camera has auto-focus, face detection and an LED flash and it can record video at 720p and 30 frames per second. It’s a mid-range camera and it should provide decent results, but if the camera is a primary concern for you then you can find better options. It’s the same old story, in that it will struggle to take great photos in low light conditions, but otherwise should serve you well. It does also have a perfectly good 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls.
The HTC Hero S comes with a lot of pre-installed apps from HTC and U.S. Cellular. This is handy, or it’s bloatware, depending on your point of view. Annoyingly these apps can’t be uninstalled. You get Amazon App Store, U.S. Cellular’s Daily Perks, Mobile TV, HTC Hub and quite a few more besides.
You’ve also got a speakerphone, full messaging support, a decent media player, voice calling and a few other standard Android features to take advantage of. The phone supports Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b,g or n, and aGPS. The browser is speedy and it also supports Flash.