Hero H2000 Hands-On Review!
Last week we mentioned we’d gotten our hands on the Hero H200, a sweet capacitive touchscreen smartphone made right here in china. Well we’ve had quite a few days to put it through it’s paces, and we’re surprised at just how impressive the device really is.
First and foremost, specs. The H2000 runs on a MediaTek MTK6516 416Mhz processor, 512Mb ROM and 256Mb RAM. Based on the specs I wasn’t very impressed with the phone right of the bat. But once I booted it up I forgot all about the specs and tried to focus on the experience, which overall was pretty great considering. I had no problems running most apps and games, although some that are pretty graphics intensive like Tank Hero or Air Attack HD were super laggy and couldn’t really run properly. Great games like Meganoid, and my new personal favorite Game Dev Story ran completely fine.
Moving on to another important aspect, the H2000 has got a 3.5″ capacitive multi-touch screen that’s got a max resolution of QVGA (240×320 pixels). Now the resolution isn’t very high, but the at the end of the day it’s still a pretty great screen as long as you don’t set your expectations too high. More importantly though, the responsiveness of the screen is actually pretty excellent. I’ve had absolutely no problems, and the only lag that I get when swyping through the home screens is probably from the slight lack of processing speed. But again not really a major issue in my book at the end of the day.
To answer a few questions previously posed, there are a few issues with the operating system that some people may or may not find on their H2000. In terms of the Android Market on the phone, as it originated from China it’s got a more “limited” version of Android Market pre-installed. Good news however, as you can just download a copy of the Android Market .apk and everything should work just fine. I also have no idea why if certain apps don’t work, but I’m sure you can find posts about the issue somewhere, and Google can address any issues you may have otherwise.
In terms of customization of the user interface (UI) the H2000 has the same customization features as any other Android 2.2 phone. You can find different ways to customize your Android OS in many places. You can head over to AndroidOSTablets.com and find tons of great posts on how to customize your Android phone with backgrounds, widgets, and games, etc.
In terms of ugradeability (I realize that’s not a real word, but should make sense to you if you’re reading this, hehe) the H2000′s manufacturers don’t offer any upgrades, so upgrading is completely up to you. I’ve personally never tried upgrading any of these phones but you can probably find guides somewhere on the net. It’s pretty complicated, so unless you’ve got some pretty deep knowledge or some serious skills, I’d avoid attempting to do so.
Similar to what we said in our Ouku Tab Hands-on Review, I believe this would make a great phone for those out there looking for an introduction to Android and Smartphones. It’s got everything you could possible need, and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. At the end of the day, you’re getting a pretty impressive phone for a very low price. It costs about RMB 1000-1500+ (US$140 – $200+) so again, it’s perfect for the price.
Let us know if you’ve got one, or are planning on getting one, and what YOU think about it. We’d love to get your opinion!