In an interview with T3, HTC's Chief Innovation Officer Horace Luke justifies the impressive Teflon coating on the HTC Hero by saying that the iPhone is slippery as hell. The obvious solution, of course, is seedless watermelons.
He also says that there are three "classes" of Android phone. Obviously HTC isn't happy with Android as is, and will skin it like they do with Windows mobile.
There are three classes of Android phone: the first was the Google-branded phones, the G1 and Magic; the Hero is the first in the second category, in which we added our own customised UI, but we didn't change everything because they did some great things, like push email, integrating Google Maps etc; and the third is the quick and dirty Chinese knockoffs that won't work with Marketplace. They're Linux phones, really.