Exclusive: Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 Clone First Impressions

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This past holiday weekend Hero were nice enough to send us one of their all new Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clones for us to review. Take a look at our initial impressions, photos and benchmarks after the jump.

iPhone 5 clones are already flooding the market here in China despite the fact that the genuine iPhone 5 has yet to officially set foot on the mainland. However thanks to the various leaks and photos which hit the media on the countdown to the iPhone 5′s launch last month, Chinese phone manufacturers have had a bit of a head start with making their knock-offs.

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The Hero H2000+ represents one of the first iPhone 5 clones to be available on the market and also happens to be one of the cheapest too!

Hero H2000+ Specification

For those of you who are familiar with either Hero or Zopo you will have noticed that this iPhone 5 clone is a H2000+, the ‘+’ in the name standing for an updated dual-core processor. The Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone has a dual-core CPU from Taiwan manufacturer MeidaTek in the shape of the very popular MT6577.

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A 4 inch screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 allows you to control your iPhone 5 clone, and in our test proved to have a good viewing angle and was better than some phones when used in direct sunlight.

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The H2000+ also comes equipped with 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, Android 4.0 OS, dual-sim support, SD card slot, 8 mega-pixel rear camera with LED Flash, front camera, Bluetooth, GPS and a 1580 mAH battery.

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There are going to be at least 2 items in that specification which some of you now are going to is a bit of a let down. The battery size being one and the amount of RAM the other. Well for the RAM this iPhone 5 clone actually performs very well as you will see below, and the battery couldn’t be any bigger due to the thickness of the phone.

 

Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone design

As you would expect from an iPhone 5 clone the Hero H2000+ is a 1:1 replica of the latest 4 inch screened iPhone from Apple, but due to the differences in price the real iPhone and this clone have a few differences.

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The body on the Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone is made of plastic for a start and even with the battery in seems to weigh absolutely nothing!

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The front of the phone has a single physical home button just as the real iPhone 5 has, with the other Android options such as back, option and latest apps having their own on-screen buttons.

There is also a front facing camera on the H2000+ but it sits to the right of the speaker, with various light and proximity sensors located on the left.

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Along the edges of the Hero are alloy look silver plastic. The bottom offers similar looking speaker grills and a micro USB connector in the place of the iPhone 5′s lightning connector.

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A power button and the 3.5mm headphone jack are placed at the top of this iPhone 5 clone (more like the iPhone 4S) and we have volume controls on the left edge of the phone. Be warned though that the mute ‘switch’ is in fact a button made to look like the iPhone 5′s control.

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The back of this which Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone gets the same white and silver two-tone design as the real iPhone 5 and there are even real Apple logos and iPhone branding on this replica!

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Being an Android phone this iPhone 5 clone has one major difference when compared to the real iPhone 5 in the design department it that the rear of the phone is removable to uncover the battery, dual-sim slots and the micro-SD card slot. The rear of the Hero H200+ actually includes the edges and the buttons too so you have to be careful when removing so you don’t loose the metal inserts for these controls.

Like most dual-sim Chinese phones, the Hero H2000+ allows support for 1 WCDMA sim and one GSM (or two GSM sims) and according to the specification on the box support GSM 850/900/1800/1900 or WCDMA 2100/800.

 

Hero H2000+ performance and use

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Performance is surprisingly good I expected a little lag from screen to screen like the Zopo ZP500+ Libero which has a similar specification, but the Hero H2000+ actually performs surprisingly well and even managed a very impressive 5326 on AnTuTu!

As mentioned above the 4 inch screen with its 854 x 480 resolution actually offers a very good viewing angle and can even be seen (better than most) in direct sunlight.

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The rear 8 mega-pixel camera captures pretty good photos for a phone which costs less than $200, but like most of these lower price phone’s don’t expect amazing low light or night-time photos. Actually speaking of nigh time photos, the Hero H2000+ has an extremely poor rear flash which looks like it was added for show rather than function.

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As you get an Android 4.0 ICS OS you get all the great range of manual camera functions plus some nice options including face and smile recognition along with a bunch of built-in filters.

While having a brief play around outside on a cloudless day this weekend I had ago at besting the GPS, as I know this is a feature many of you would like to use. Well I can report after 5 minutes of trying to connect I gave up! The GPS on the H2000+ just didn’t want to lock on!

 

Hero H2000+ Conclusion

So what do I think of the Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone? Well it all depends on your expectations for a sub $200 Android phone. If you want a lightweight, stylish phone with better than average performance, has a better than average rear camera (if used only in the day) then the Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 clone would be a good choice.

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However if you want a more functional phone, with better build quality and act as an all round better phone I would suggest you look at a different phone such as the Zopo ZP500+ Libero, JiaYu G3 or similar.

 

The GoodDSC01834 Exclusive: Hero H2000+ iPhone 5 Clone First Impressions

  • Looks like an iPhone.
  • Good screen.
  • Surprising performance.
  • Good rear camera (in the daylight)
  • Lightweight.
  • Cheap

 

The Bad

  • Useless rear flash.
  • Useless GPS.

 

If you want to get your hands on one of these iPhone 5 clones by Hero you can order the Hero H2000+ from the Hero mobile shop here.

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  • rhs

    this thing costs $165 with coupon antsave5 on antelife.com

  • RunnY

    Thanks for this short review.
    I just read a review by a german guy. He mentioned a very accurate GPS (3,7 meters, about 12 feet). Maybe there are big differences according to the build quality.
    Another guy got good GPS results too.
    See the pic
    http://chinamobiles.org/showthread.php?32005-Hero-H2000-amp-Goophone-i5-Pro-MTK6577&p=338289&viewfull=1#post338289

  • http://www.colonelzap.blogspot.com ColonelZap
  • http://yeow.com.ar Profesor Yeow

    I like the design, but I don’t like the unique button like the iphone and the apple logo in the back :/
    This design is very similar to the JY-G3 and I prefer this last one.

    Also, is a big disappointed the bad GPS. In my life with Chinese phone’s, only the (old) FG8 have a great GPS. I hope the Chinese phone´s can come back to the good way in GPS like the first devices with Android.

    PS: Andy, when you have phone in your hands, can you take some photos and make a video? That give us an idea of the quality of the camera. Thanks!

    • Koko

      I did’n like the idea with on sceen buttons.
      They can be situated ot the panel like Jiayu G2
      Also the back panel looks untrustworthy and cheap.
      For this price i prefer G2 or Freelander i10

      • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

        Agreed ;)

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Those were my hands ;) yep video and camera coming up.

  • carsgts

    Does it have a microSD slot or a miniSD one?

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Micro SD

      • carsgts

        Thanks!

  • http://colonelzap.blogspot.com ColonelZap

    I just added some cammera test pictures:

    http://colonelzap.blogspot.de/2012/10/hero-h2000-dual-sim-mt6577-dual-core.html

    And MY GPS work GREAT :-)

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Awesome! glad to hear that!

      • JESUS

        Hi.

        Between JIAYU G2 Plus (MTK 6577 / 1Gb Ram) and HERO 2000+ which you prefer?. Which have better camera?. And more features?.

        Thanks for your time

      • brandon

        can this run with T mobile

  • Mike

    Hi i just get this phone 3 days ago for now i can say that it’s not full android it has not android update future there is no way to root this device (checked by root checker application ) no full mutlilanguage only few language to select i use Polish so i must to use more locale 2 or custom locale but it’s not full language change :( after full reset of phone we got chinese lang set up default :) so it’s funny when you need to change to English. the worst thing is low capacity of battery 1580mah it’s to low to use dual SIM for one day and i can not find any stronger battery for this phone till now only power bank but this is no solution for me. IF some one can give link with stronger battery for this model it will be very good ( 3000mah or more )

  • Damien_y4k

    i dont see the phone available on the site

  • Wayne Miller

    Hi,

    I received this phone last week, despite it being a cheap clone of the iphone 5 i think its a fantastic little phone with a lot of great attributes for the price. Im struggling to get accessories for it though, it comes with a screen protector but ive emailed around a couple of china sites to ask for screen protectors and they dont sell any, its for future use you see once the one on it bites the dust. I would also like a case or something for the phone, is there anyway you can help me with this dilemma????

  • Ricky

    Hi,
    I have H2000+, but I want only to buy back white cover with words and apple logo, it’s impossibile find it?!
    Thanks.

  • http://gravatar.com/pikachupz pikachupzrson

    i Want the back cover whit apple logo too, where i can find it?