HTC Legend review

Taking Android to the next level - Apple should be scared

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It's difficult to know how to rate the HTC Legend in terms of applications - do we look at it as a standalone device, with a pretty well-stocked Android Market app portal, or do we compare it to the iPhone with its gargantuan App Store?

The thing to note is that while Android Market is around seven times smaller than the App Store, it's growing quickly and also offers more developer freedoms - this means more will start coding for the platform as time goes on.

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But this is also about the applications on the HTC Legend already too - and these aren't insubstantial at all.

We've covered the excellent Peep app, but there are others on there from HTC and Google that just rock.

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For instance, the version of Google Maps on the HTC Legend is awesome - you get all the best features that the likes of Symbian, Windows Mobile and iPhone users can only dream of.

For instance, you get access to Google Labs, which adds in elements like compass direction, measurements and terrain scaling as well - plus the addition of layers to give you Wikipedia and transport links on the map.

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The GPS receiver is so fast on the HTC Legend as well, finding you in a matter of seconds when you're out and about - it even worked near windows too, and the maps loaded really quickly over 3G.

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There's no Google Navigation for the UK sadly - but until Google sorts out whatever wranglings are going on behind the scenes, we wouldn't hold our breath for free turn-by-turn navigation on our Android phones.

The other cool application on the phone is the weather app - this is a favourite of HTC CEO Peter Chou, who loves showing off the fact that the weather widget will even cloud up the screen or speckle it with rain depending on the current conditions.

You can add in other cities and locations too, and the cool thing is you also get a four-day forecast as well - making it a really handy too.

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There's a desk clock as well, which has a night mode for bedside viewing - without a dock this is a little pointless, but hey - it's a nice touch.

The clock also comes with a stopwatch and countdown timer as well - something so few phones manage to bring.

The Android 2.1 Market portal is slick too - the categories are clear and well defined, and the definition between free and paid-for apps shows the plethora of applications available for the HTC Legend.

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