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HTC Hero mobile phone named Gadget of the Year

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HTC Hero mobile phone named Gadget of the Year

The HTC Hero has been named the year’s best gadget, in a decision that highlights the huge impact made by Android mobile phones in 2009.

HTC’s device beat off stiff challenges from the likes of the iPhone 3G S and the Nokia N97 to scoop the prize at this year’s Stuff magazine Gadget Awards.

Fraser McDonald, editor of the magazine, said that the Hero had been recognized for its creative use of the Android platform, impressive user interface and novel approach to social networking.

He added: “With the HTC Hero, we've finally got a phone that fully exploits the potential of the Android OS to be as clever and as sexy as the iPhone.”

However, the Hero was pipped by Apple’s latest version of its all-conquering mobile phones in the Phone of the Year Award as well as the Readers’ Gadget of the Year category.

Available now exclusively on Orange, the multifunctional HTC Hero features HSDPA support for fast downloads, a five megapixel camera and the Taiwanese manufacturer’s patented TouchFlo 3D user interface.

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