By Brandon Miniman | August 6, 2009 10:00 AM
In this video we cover the overall experience of the Android-based HTC Hero with the Sense UI.
We find that there are many elements of TouchFLO 3D that have been ported to the Hero, such as the unified communications screen, the calendar and weather application, and many in-program menus such as those in email.
Android is an interesting mobile phone operating system. It can indeed multitask by leaving programs open and thus preserving their state, but it becomes difficult to switch between applications. You always have to go home, just like the iPhone, to switch between applications. You can tap and hold the home key for about two seconds to bring up a recently used program switcher, but that takes too long, and you can’t bring that up anywhere outside of the home screen. At least in Windows Mobile you can quickly tap the Start button and jump to a recently used program. Or, if you’re in Windows Mobile standard, you can toggle between apps quickly with the back key.
The notification screen is brilliant in Android. Often referred to as the “Windows Shade”, this feature is a one-stop place for you to see anything that needs your attention: new emails, new messages, missed calls, new tweets, etc. Since third party applications can plug into this notification area, you can get some pretty innovative uses out of it.
In case you missed it, check out the widget tour.