HTC Legend review

Taking Android to the next level - Apple should be scared

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Our Verdict

Definitely one of the favourites for phone of the year already - Android has finally come of age

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8.16 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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  • Excellent UI
  • Nice battery input mechanism
  • Speedy browser
  • Responsive keyboard
  • Stellar design


  • Average battery life
  • Friendstream and Peep slow to update

After the success of the HTC Hero, the Taiwanese firm is back again with the first of its duo of Android 2.1 phones, the HTC Legend.

Featuring a full aluminium chassis and high-res OLED screen, as well as the latest version of Android from Google, HTC is clearly looking to jostle its way to the front of the best-selling phone queue with the HTC Legend and Desire.

The HTC Legend features a sumptuous unibody aluminium chassis - taking more than a few visual cues from the MacBook range, and refining the lines of the HTC Hero to produce a sleek and very aesthetically pleasing phone.

Despite being one of the first mobile phone releases of the year, the HTC Legend is likely to end 2010 as one of the best looking devices, with the silver aluminium frame sitting very well in the hand.

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However, there is one slight problem with aluminium chassis - if you leave it in your pocket with keys or coins, it scratches up pretty easily. We're not overly looking forward to having to mention this when we return the review unit...

If you're one of those that like to put a phone in a protective pouch, then there's definitely a case (sorry) for doing so with the HTC Legend.

HTC legend

The 3.2-inch screen has been beefed up as well - while it's the same size and resolution (HVGA) as the one used on the HTC Hero, the bezel has been reduced to give the impression of a wider screen.

And the display itself is now an OLED, rather than LCD, screen. This not only gives incredible colour reproduction, but also displays stunning contrast ratio thanks to not needing a backlight (which also helps with the overall thickness of the phone).

After some reports of the Google Nexus One (also produced by HTC) performing poorly in direct sunlight, that's not the case with the HTC Legend.

HTC legend

As long as you don't have the screen brightness turned down to the lowest setting, it's perfectly easy to use the phone even in sunny climes.

The frame and display aren't the only aesthetic improvements either - the overall layout has been upgraded to make this phone stand out to those browsing prospective handsets in shops.

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