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Optimus S vs. (insert phone)
my first Android phone was a G1 on T-mobile, when I switched to sprint I got an HTC Hero, And my hero in the past year has been replaced twice, i jst upgraded to the LG Optimus S.
All comparisons here are made using a rooted Stock Rom, no processor overclocking, no live wallpaper, GPS disabled, network location enabled, network[3g] enabled, and intermittent use [screen on and being used roughly 1/3 of uptime]
Battery comparisons made starting at 100% nd remain without charging, turning off, or airplane moding until phone battery hits 0 and shuts down.
HTC Hero Sprint
3.2 Inch screen, 528 MHz Processor, 288 MB RAM, 512 ROM, Android 2.1
4.5 hours out of box battery life
2.5 minute boot time [from pressing the button to home screen]
Excessive Bloatware and default setting lead to sluggishness on day one.
Stock ROM is fairly inefficient at managing RAM
On day one, came with incredible amount of bloatware
Default Applications Are almost impossible to remove if you do not have root.
Small amount of touchscreen keyboard Lag, never resolved on either HTC hero
issues with Bluetooth data transfer [not detecting valid devices, transfer starting and reporting success while other device did not receive anything]
very poor functionality as a wireless hotspot.[excessive interruption in connection, very small % of connection phone had access to accessible by laptop etc]
No out of box apps to sd support
Nifty glass display
was not scratched once after countless falls and daily usage [the paintjob on the case was not this fortunate]
Not ram efficient out of the box, up to 60% of ram could be tied up while idling.
HTC Flash player was rather slow but convenient
[relatively] bulky case makes one-handed usage awkward.
USB port ceased responding to pc connections after 7 month, then started responding less consistently to charging, then ceased charging altogether.
LG Optimus S Sprint
3.2 Inch screen, 600 MHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, 512 ROM, Android 2.2
14 Hours out of box battery life.
25 second boot time [from pressing the button to home screen]
Very sluggish during first one and half hours of operation from receiving at store, presumable due to still unfinished configuration, sprint network recognition, etc.
The sprint pack management system asked me rather politely if I wanted to install bloatware to keep track of football or car races I don't care about, I said no.
annoying built-in tutorial widgets are easy to remove by uninstalling their application(SprintTutorials I think)
Bluetooth data transfer[to my hero, sanyo katana flip] and headset worked fine. not tested to laptop/desktop computer
wireless hotspot [cheap free exploited] works just fine, laptop seems to be getting average of 79% speed phone gets while not hosting hotspot
after first hour or two of setting up, the phone was speedy, touch screen responsive,
Apps to SD for developer-supported apps in stock rom.
Fiberglass display has not yet been scratched, but remains a concern considering my past experience with fiberglass.
RAM is used very efficiently compared to hero, often over 70% free casual use.
Have not yet been able to install adobe flash player
Slimmer phone is a little easier to handle, but case has less friction [A little tougher to keep it from sliding around in hand]
Typically we learn that rooting a phone and/or replacing a ROM will void your warranty. both of these phones were not very problematic or complicated to root [Optimus seemed a little less consistent].
While this is not different for the phones, anyone pondering whether to root a sprint phone should take into account my experience:
I rooted both of my heros, my first developed a booting issue and was replaced without any care for the root or custom rom.
My second Hero was rooted and running DarchStar's cyanogenmod for Hero CDMA, and when taken to the store for replacement [Damaged usb port], an employee pointed out they were not allowed to work on it if it has a custom ROM. she informed me that she rooted her phone also, and flashes the stock ROM whenever she brings it to a sprint store to be repaired. evidently sprint employees only need to confirm the default ROM is installed on the phone to replace a phone.
Conclusion: the Optimus S Features a 3.2 inch Display of equal resolution to the Hero, is slimmer and easier to handle, was originally released and designed for android 2.1 [HTC hero originally released on 1.6]. the slightly increased processor and nearly Doubled RAM are both used much more efficiently by the phone OS and will go alot further. In a way, the LG Optimus is Sprint's way of phasing out the HTC hero as an older device, and replacing it with a faster, lighter, Cheaper, and more open device. My upgrade was a little bit rocky on rooting the phone, transferring old data, and the usual hassle of reinstalling all my applications, but the upgrade has led to a smoother phone, more intuitive UI, better multitasking capabilities, and no tradeoffs sans Flash [which was only roughly supported in the HTC Hero by htc flash player. It's a great phone for any first-time android user, or for anyone upgrading from first gen devices.
As I notice any further differences, pros/cons I will try to update
DISCLAIMER/CMA: This is a record of my personal experience with these two phones. while I am overall satisfied with my new phone to a greater degree than my Hero, each phone becomes the unique extension of it's user. Should you make a decision based on this information, I am not responsible for any of your actions or consequences of your decisions.