According to the press and most of the people I’ve spoken to iPhones seem to be the only smartphone worth getting at the moment. After a bit of searching I can across the HTC Hero smartphone – I accepted that it was no iPhone but did cost me a fraction of the price.

After a few days my opinion has changed. I actually think it appears to be better than the iPhone. One feature which I am very impressed with is the convergence of social networks within the operating system of the handset. For example the phone allows you to link contacts with their Facebook and Flickr profies showing information such as status updates and photo albums within a single contact card. It acts as a portal for digital participation. The video above shows this in a bit more detail… I didn’t expect to be impressed but I am – very!

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