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HTC Legend review

Taking Android to the next level - Apple should be scared

Here we come to one of the downsides of the HTC Legend - the battery life isn't up to much.

Our take on smartphones is that they should be charged up every day, and the HTC Legend manages to last that long - but only just in most cases.

HTC legend

Put it this way - we tried to push it as hard as we could to see how long the battery would hold out for.

This meant from fully charged, we activated Bluetooth music playback, browsed the internet constantly, downloaded applications, streamed video, downloaded a 164MB file and played with Google Maps repeatedly to see how long the battery could hold out.

HTC legend

We also pushed the screen to full brightness with no time out, activated push email and set Twitter and Facebook to update as often as possible.

The HTC Legend managed to hold out for eight and a half hours before dying completely - which we suppose is average.

What is weird is that if you turn off the background apps - music, Bluetooth and so on - the HTC Legend still managed to drain completely in nine hours.

Under average use, this do-it-all phone will last a day, but it's certainly not industry-leading - the iPhone is probably just a little bit worse, and that's nowhere near a compliment.

But on the other hand, this is a phone that you want to keep playing with - you buy it based on that fact, and we challenge you to find a phone that you'll want to play with this much with a much longer battery life.

Other features

The HTC Legend comes with a few other neat features that we like - the calendar is brilliant for instance.

It synchronises with both your Google and Exchange calendars as soon as you tell it to, and any upcoming meetings will come up as notifications on the phone - with the alarm for this lowering dramatically in volume when you pick up the phone, recognising that you're probably with company and embarrassed.

HTC legend

Quick Office is also included in the package, giving easy access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint files - however, we couldn't see an option to edit these, so we'd imagine hardcore business users might want to download something a little more powerful.

A PDF viewer is also included in the menu as well, with an easy-to-use interface allowing you to quickly zoom in and out.

HTC legend

The HTC Legend might not have the organisational power of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 for instance, but we'd challenge the average worker not to have all his boxes ticked here.

Perhaps a hot-swappable microSD card would be nice (you have to open the battery cover to get to it, and this turns off the phone) but that's about all we can think of.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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