HTC Legend Review

The HTC Legend looks like significantly improved version of the HTC Hero that offers awesome design, AMOLED display and updated HTC Sense interface. Hold your horses, guys and don’t hit the ground running for the nearest shop, at least not until you have read our review. Now, let’s find out whether the novelty features of the device turn a truly capable Android handset into an excellent one…
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1. bonnie100th

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

Sprint will carry the Legend?

2. Mark3

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

spectacular design? WTF?

6. ilikesmrtphnz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 23, 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: Jan 27, 2010

# Limited video playback capabilities # Mediocre audio playback quality why Multimedia got 9 POINTS?

4. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 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: Jun 25, 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: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 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.
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