The HTC Hero I had for a brief time has been returned and I do not regret my decision. As I noted at the time however, unless Apple loosens up a bit I suspect I will have an use an Android device for my voice calls within the next two or three years. Right now though it isn’t for me.
There are, however some things I already miss about the device. At the top of the list is the fantastic SenseUI HTC created for it. The interface gave me a glimpse of a post “scroll-through-7-or-8-pages-of-same-size-app-icons” era. I loved the flexibility of being able to select and arrange the various widgets I wanted HOW I wanted them in order to get the best combination of usability and information. Apple may still be ahead of the pack but there is a lot for them to learn from HTC already.
Since re-jailbreaking my iPhone the other day I’ve been playing with some of the ways to make the iPhone a bit more “user-friendly” from a information and organization perspective. Cydia apps like Categories and Notifier help a lot but they still don’t offer the home screen information power of the Hero. Well, if it is real, and if it comes to the iPhone, this upcoming iPod Touch theme (jailbroken only) may be just this thing. It is gorgeous…
Word is the theme should be released some time today. (As of now it doesn’t show up in Cydia.) I hope it is real and that an iPhone version is on the way because themes like this could open a whole new world of iPhone customization.