The HTC Hero has surprised the technology pundits by scooping the top prize at the T3 Gadget Awards. More than 135,000 readers voted the Hero Gadget of the Year, beating strong contenders including the Apple iPhone and Palm Pre. The wildcard smartphone, which uses Google's Android Operating system, was described by T3 Magazine as the 'jewel in the Android crown.'
Android is an open-source system. It has its own application store called Market and features including a quick search box on the home-screen, the ability to copy and paste between applications and voice to text typing. It features a slick 3.2" multi-touch screen, 5MP camera, 512MB on-board memory and a microSD slot.
Readers were so impressed they also named the Hero the Phone of the Year.