HTC Hero – Introduction
First up in our Samsung Moment vs HTC Hero battle is the Hero. The HTC Hero is made by the nice people at HTC. These are the same people that produced the favorite phone of most people today, the HTC EVO (the first 4G phone). This phone is for those that like to have fun by staying in constant contact with most social networks directly on the device such as Facebook and Twitter. The easy to use functions make the phone user-friendly for those that have limited time to learn everything the phone can do.
HTC Hero – Design (4 out of 5)
This phone is very modern looking. It looks small enough to fit in the palm of a hand and with the rounded corners, it eliminates the normal "boxy" look of a phone. The lightweight phone weighs 4.5 ounces with the battery included. The measurements of this phone are only 4.5 inches long, 5.22 inches wide and 0.54 inches thick. Unfortunately, the phone comes in just one color, silver. The screen size measures 3.2 inches and the resolution is 320×480 HVGA.
HTC Hero – User Interface (5 out of 5)
The Hero has a pretty laid back feel to it. There are no hidden menus that take forever to locate. Every icon tells the user what it is and it’s easy to navigate through all of the menu choices.
HTC Hero – Features (4 out of 5)
This phone has an auto-focus camera with 5-megapixels. It also has a video camera included to capture any active moments in time.
HTC Hero – Performance (3 out of 5)
The Hero has 250 minutes of talk-time and up to 360 hours of standby time. The apps load with no lag time and switching between apps is a breeze. The talk quality is stellar and has no echoing from either end of the phone.
Samsung Moment – Introduction
The Samsung Moment is manufactured by Samsung as their first ever Android device. There are many users of this device who simply adore the features, the simplicity of use and the clarity of the screens on the Moment. With the 2.1 update available on the Moment, this device becomes a clear winner amongst many Droid users.
Samsung Moment – Design (3 out of 5)
The design of the Moment is built so that it emphasizes its wide screen (1.78 inches width and 3.2 inches high) and 320 x 480 color resolution. The buttons on the device are similar to the HTC Hero, however it has a full pull out keyboard. The screen rotates to match the angle you are holding the phone which is an excellent feature to use when playing games on the device. The color personalization of the device is somewhat limited. Much like the HTC Hero, the Samsung Moment has one standard color, silver. However, there are many customizable cases that can make the Moment more personalized.
Samsung Moment – User Interface (5 out of 5)
Using the latest technology, the Samsung Moment is easy to use and easy to navigate. The Android operating system, makes every feature a phone could have available at the touch of a button. Switching back and forth from the Internet to the phone is simple and has no lag time between interfaces. Syncing data from various web applications to one or many other applications is a breeze with the Moment.
Samsung Moment – Features (5 out of 5)
This fully equipped device comes standard with a 3.2 Mega-pixel camera and a standard video recorder. There are a plethora of standard editing features for the video and camera included, as well as an auto-focus feature and a zoom feature to get those difficult tight shots. The phone has other features such as the mobile TV, navigation, embedded wall paper. Coupled with the Android browser, the Samsung Moment is a great phone to have for those who use the web and its functions on a daily basis.
Samsung Moment – Performance (5 out of 5)
The Moment has a talk time of up to five hours, but due to the sophisticated system this Android phone was built on, the battery life is less than stellar. The battery drains faster than other phones Samsung manufactures. This is to be expected because of the super fast processing speed, the many battery hungry applications the device can run seamlessly (video, live television, streaming music, streaming social network updates, etc) and the bright 3D like screen the device has. However, there is one great thing about this phone other than the wide screen and touch functionality which is the speaker function. The crystal clear sound allows the speakerphone to operate just as if it were held on the ear. This is great news for both the person on the receiving end and excellent news for the multi-tasking person making the phone call.
The Verdict – The Samsung Moment Wins (5 out of 5)
Overall, when it comes down to showcasing the HTC Hero versus the Samsung Moment, the Moment comes out on top. Both phones run on the Android OS but the Moment has four times the speed of the Hero and has often been faster than a regular home computer. The Moment operating system allows the user to multi-task several applications at the same time while not losing the integrity of any of the applications. The HTC Hero may freeze if too many applications are open at the same time, however this could be remedied with the use of an HTC Task Killer application. One major drawback of the Samsung Moment has been the battery consumption. Samsung has realized this and has since pushed an update (Android 2.1) to the software that addresses this issue and drastically improves the battery life. The screen size of both devices is similar, however the Samsung Moment is a clear winner in this category because of its 3D like imagery on the bright screen. It is so clear that it makes watching a movie seem like the real movie theatre experience. Another final note is that although the HTC Hero has a 5.0 MP camera, the Samsung Moment carries a 3.2 camera with a standard flash. This is especially useful when snapping photos in the dark. In the end, the Samsung Moment is the clear-cut winner when it comes to simplicity, speed, applications and quality.