HTC Legend review

Taking Android to the next level - Apple should be scared

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The HTC range, and Android too, has never had media at its heart - although there are finally signs that things are starting to get better, and that's certainly true on the HTC Legend.

The music player sits apart from the video gallery, which for some reason is bundled under 'Photos'.

With the HTC Hero, we saw a distinct improvement in the music player - in the HTC Legend that improvement has continued.

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We've mentioned before that the basic Android music interface, used on the likes of the LG Intouch Max GW620 (WHAT a snappy title) is just too bog standard - we want more than album, artist and title.

Thankfully, we've got it here: the HTC Legend music player offers up not only a full screen music player, but also the choice of artists, albums, tracks, playlists, genres and even purchased music from online services.

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This makes sorting your tunes a much more pleasant experience than before - and the audio experience is also comparable to most other phones on the market as well.

We think Sony Ericsson still leads the way in terms of decent music phones, but there's nothing wrong with the sound on the HTC Legend.

There's no equaliser to play around with sound if you're having trouble with a tune and the speaker's not up to much - but for general use there's very little wrong with the HTC Legend.

The video player is also just fine for its purpose too - nothing over the top to blow your mind, but it performs all its tasks in a Ronseal-esque manner.

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We tested a few video codecs on the phone - MP4, AVI and H.264 all worked fine with no judder. We're not sure about DivX, but early signs are that this isn't supported within the native Android player - we're sure the App Market can help out with that though.

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Video on the 3.2-inch OLED screen is pretty nice - it's quite apparent this isn't a high-res WVGA screen, which we're becoming used to on high-end smartphones. Video looks fine, but lacks that extra pixel clarity.

The OLED does help matters though - the contrast ratios were lovely and the colours well represented.

But 3.2-inch screen isn't any good for things like watching full length movies - we weren't even that comfortable watching half hour videos.

Whether it's the thinner bezel or something else, we found ourselves pining for something larger - and the phone felt very tiddly in the palm for video.

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The main other media elements lay with the FM radio and the YouTube application. The former is only OK - the sensitivity of the antenna (for which you have to connect the headphones) is pretty low, and couldn't find a few mainstream stations.

It also lacked RDS, which means you have to manually add the station names - which is irritating.

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The YouTube application is cool though - not only do you have the option to watch videos in high quality over both Wi-Fi and 3G (although the latter is pretty slow) you can also rate, comment and share the video link all from the video itself - another example of the next-generation functionality Android is now offering.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time8.16 Hour
Product ModelLegend
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height112 mm
Width56.3 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time440 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameLegend Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeARM11
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HKP030-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Sculpted from a single piece of aluminum

The body of the HTC Legend is cut from a single piece of brushed aluminium. Which not only looks and feels great in the hand, but gives you a strong device that can take what life throws at it.

Make it yours

With an expanded selection of widgets and an online widget library, the HTC Legend takes personalisation to the next level. Put the live content you want on any of the seven home screens and set different scenes for when you're at work, home or travelling abroad.

Stay in touch with different groups of friends

The new People Widget lets you create any group of friends and bring them to the surface of your HTC Legend. So you can have all your party friends in one group and work colleagues in another. Plus, you can choose if you want to text, call or email your groups and get in touch with a single tap.

Package Contents
  • Legend Smartphone
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Battery
  • microSD Card
  • Quick Start Guide