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December 11, 2009

HTC Hero vs. iPhone 3GS

A lot of people have been asking how the HTC Hero compares with the Apple iPhone 3GS. We shot both smartphones for a side by side comparison.

We’re pitting an iPhone 3GS 16GB with an HTC Hero and a 16GB microSD card. I borrowed the 3GS from @tjmanotoc for the photo comparison here (forgive the worn out Invisible Shield on the 3GS).

Now that we got that out of the way, the price of a prepaid 16GB iPhone 3GS is Php38,850 with Globe and the HTC Hero with 16GB microSD card is Php37,799 (Php33,999 + Php3,800).

The 3GS has a bigger screen at 3.5″ compared to the Hero’s 3.2 although both have the same resolution of 320×480 pixels. The 3GS has a faster processor — ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz vs. Qualcomm MSM 7200A 528 MHz for the Hero. Both have WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/HSDPA with the same speed rating but the Hero also supports HSUPA 2.0 Mbps.

The Hero has some edge over the 3GS — a 5MP camera vs. 3.15MP; 288MB RAM vs. 256MB; and the Hero also has 512MB ROM. While both the Hero and iPhone 3GS weigh the same at 135 grams, the former is a bit thicker 14.4mm compared to the iPhone at 12.3mm.

Of course, the 1350 mAh Li-Ion battery of the Hero is removable and user-replaceable unlike that of the iPhone. And did I mention the Hero can do multi-tasking while the iPhone cannot?

The Hero also comes in a variety of colors — Black, White (with Teflon coating), Brown, Graphite and Pink. The iPhone only has Black and White.

It’s really a close fight between the two with features and functionalities almost dead even. That includes a huge collection of apps for both the iTunes Store and the Android Marketplace.


57 Responses to “HTC Hero vs. iPhone 3GS”

  1. Rodel says:

    @ Andrew Mercado: kakabili ko lang iPhone 3Gs 32GB dito sa Riyadh dude and i’m still familiarizing its features…heard about the fring application and its wonders on making unlimited video calls for free…di kasi ako tech-savvy eh, pwede pa-turo sa u?…san ka dito sa KSA?

  2. Rodel says:

    @ Andrew Mercado: btw, my email add is cyber_angel_07@live.com in case my suggestion ka for iPhone3GS fring app…thanks though

  3. Chris says:

    Hay guys, any HTC Hero users here in Globe managed to get the MMS working?

    I have connection to internet but not mms…

  4. Droid Eris says:

    I’ve had my droid since december but had to get a alternative because the software program ruined my cellphone when it up to date itself. So for sure having troubles & found this wonderful web site lol i do have a questio tho…my ram storage is gettin smaller & smaller..is there nethin i can do to help get sum back?

  5. rex says:

    too expensive

  6. barat says:

    yeah too expensive talaga sa pinas. olats d2 satin kahit kelan. dapat magpasakop na lang sa bansa ng kano. mas madali pa mag punta sa bansa nila pag nagkataon.

  7. hardrive28 says:

    iphone pa din me..
    un ang gamit ko eh.
    hehe! :)

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