HTC Legend Review
HTC Legend is… slight pain, caused by the sharp edges of the front side of the handset. Still, this is something we can live with. The second aspect of the device pertaining to calls that you will notice is how realistic your callers sound. The overall loudness is somewhat weaker than what we would have liked, although we were able to perfectly understand people on the other end, plus this is what they said about the in-call quality on their end as well.
According to the manufacturer, the battery of the HTC Legend should be able to provide about 8.16 hours of continuous talk time and keep the device operational for almost 18 days in stand-by. Having had the chance to test the device comprehensively, we believe both numbers are accurate… in case you switch off all internet-related services, since they drain the battery fast.
We are happy to say the HTC Legend is certainly not a victim of the sequel syndrome. Hard facts of life, you know. Traditionally, first episodes of acclaimed movie series tend to be the best, with sequels proving to be progressively worse. Fortunately, this is not the case with the HTC Legend and it’s more like “Batman: The Dark Knight” – better than the previous iterations.
At the same time, it’s not that different from them either. The most significant change alongside of the HTC Hero is the outward appearance – the aluminum body feels truly great and utterly solid in your hand. The camera has been substantially improved as well and while the AMOLED screen is a cool feature indeed, we would have liked it much better if it came with WVGA resolution rather than HVGA. The overall operational performance of the device is better, plus the HTC Sense interface brings several (albeit minor) novelties.
We do have a few gripes about the multimedia capabilities of the handset and it would have been great if the HTC Legend was able to handle at least DivX videos. Apparently proper video playback will be an exclusive privilege of the HTC Desire (after software update). The pre-installed audio player lacks equalizer functionality and the audio playback quality is not exactly the best we’ve heard either.
What other options do you have?
- The Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700 – The model has been recently updated to Android 2.1 and the pack brought certain interface novelties as well. With its multimedia capabilities, the Spica easily outrivals the Legend, thanks to its DivX and Xvid support.
- The Motorola MILESTONE/DROID – A solid option for people who prefer hardware QWERTY keyboards and don’t like HTC’s personalized interface. The European version of the handset has already been updated to Android 2.1, while the software update for the American edition is due any time now.
- The Google Nexus One – Outmatches the Legend with a larger display and faster processor. Just keep in mind the handset comes without personalized interface. Its body is made from a single chunk of metal too, but the overall look and appeal is quite different.
- The HTC Desire – The big brother of the Legend that is definitely less spectacular to look at, but equipped with larger screen and faster, 1GHz processor. Basically, they both run the same interface, although the Desire offers certain extras like animated wallpapers.
The HTC Legend is an extremely well-balanced device that has a few, minor disadvantages. We think it’s the optimal Android handset today, because it’s a seamlessly blend of contemporary functionality and design, HTC’s Sense interface and compact size that happens to be reasonably priced. Of course, eager fans of high-tech devices will probably dismiss the Legend and go for the HTC Desire or Nexus One instead. Owners of the Hero should consider upgrading their handsets in case they are irresistibly attracted to the overall design of the Legend. As for all other people willing to get a proper Android-based cell phone, all we can say is “the Legend has finally arrived”.
- Awesome build quality and spectacular design
- Really snappy (with almost all applications)
- Capable camera
- Excellent in-call quality
- Partial Flash support
- Limited video playback capabilities
- Mediocre audio playback quality
- Discomforting display (in direct sunlight)
6. ilikesmrtphnz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)
i think its the single piece of aluminum as the whole body of the phone that won them over. i like it :)
3. modernkoro (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
# Limited video playback capabilities # Mediocre audio playback quality why Multimedia got 9 POINTS?
4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 237; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Hello and thanks for the question! The high "Multimedia" rating is due to the good video quality the AMOLED display provides, as well as the availability of a 3.5mm jack with A2DP support that allows you to use better earphones. In addition, the user can install some really capable third-party multimedia players to enrich the overall experience with the phone. All of this has gotten a high mark for the Legend in this respect. However, on second thought, we decided that 9 is indeed too much for the Legend and its 3.2" screen and limited codecs support, so we decided to lower it to 8.5, in order to reflect the functionality of the phone even more accuratelly. Thank you! We hope this explained the HTC Legend's high "Multimedia" rating.
5. andrew9621 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
htc legend or htc hero better ?? just give me a better compare !! =D
7. Dunbar (unregistered)
This is my first smartphone and I did not regret choosing the HTC Legend. Most of the high-end phones using Snapdragon have HUGE screens and are too big for my taste. I want a phone that I can use to browse the internet occasionally when there is wifi, not an internet tablet. After playing with some 1GHz Snapdragon phones, I am really surprised with the performance of the Legend - screen transition, program loading etc are as smooth and quick as the Snapdragon. Webpages render quickly (but not as fast as Snapdragons). Although the Legend has a lesser Qualcomm MSM7227 ARM11 processor, HTC seem to get the hardware (CPU, GPU, 3.2 inch small screen size) and software (Android 2.1) combination just right. I was deciding between the Legend and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Pro which has the same MSM7227 processor. It is just as snappy as the Legend, but falls short because (1) the screen is too small (2) the web browser has no built-in flash support (though Flash in the Legend is quite crappy anyway) (3) has Android 1.6 and not 2.1 (I can overlook that though). I have also looked other HTC phones with the MSM7227 but with WinMo 6.5 - the UI is significantly slower and less fluid (showing how buggy WinMo is). The only downside so far is the relatively weak wifi reception in general. I read about other users reporting problem connecting with wifi routers, but I never had any problem at home or away (work, hotels ....) As I mentioned I don't need a high end smartphone or a huge phone to lug around. The Legend has the perfect size and decent screen size for occasional wifi browsing. The spritely performance is also a big plus.
8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
The part that bothers me that the screen is 3.2" but considering the size of the phone, they could have easily made it 3.7" or maybe even larger.
9. Mantidae (unregistered)
The reason for the smaller screen size and slower processor is that they need to fit everything into a smaller body, which only makes room for a smaller battery. With a bigger screen the battery would probably drain after 5-6 hours, and the interface would feel sluggish with the higher resolution without a faster processor, which again would drain the battery.