The quality and capabilities of HTC’s cell phone cameras have improved significantly lately and they are now much closer to what the market leaders Samsung, Nokia and Sony Ericsson deliver. Fortunately, this applies to the HTC Legend and its 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

The interface takes 2-3 seconds to start up and you are greeted by a short notification that you can take snapshots by pressing the optical pad, i.e. use it as camera shutter. Keep your finger pressed against the screen to take advantage of the touch focus function. The camera will automatically bring the object it’s aimed at in focus, much like the iPhone 3GS. Each snapshot is saved for about a second.

The number of available options is relatively high, but you just don’t have the rich variety of functions the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or LG GW620 deliver. You get the basics like white balance, brightness setting and various shooting effects. The maximum video capture resolution has been increased to VGA (from CIF with the Hero), but still remains quite far from the HD capturing that is all the rage now.

The snapshot quality is a step forward alongside of the Hero and actually happens to be among the best in the Android world. Colors are realistically represented and images have enough details. The part about the realistic colors doesn’t apply pictures taken indoors, since objects lit by the camera flash appear rather weird (people turn into zombie-like creatures, which may be of interest to eager fans of special effects). As a whole, captured images are totally useable for sharing over social networks, where most cell phone snapshots end up anyway. 

The videos that you will take with the Legend are passable for the samepurpose, despite the fact they don’t have enough details. Still, clipsplay smoothly (at almost 30 frames per second) and their soundtracksare of decent quality.

HTC Legend sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution


The HTC Legend makes only moderate headway alongside of the Hero in terms of multimedia. The cell phone plays MPEG-4 files with resolution not exceeding 800x480 pixels. Oddly enough, we didn’t encounter any issues watching clips coded in H.264 (the codec offers better image quality) and it’s such a shame the device does not support DivX and Xvid videos.

The audio player offers decent audio filtering by artist, album etc. There are no available options to affect the playback quality though, which is rather displeasing. The boxed headset packs some punch, but the sound is overly sharp. During our tests, audio tracks sounded much better through one of our sets, although the excessive sharpness never disappeared completely.

You will have no choice but to plug in the headset in case you feel like listening to the FM Radio. It’s actually a novelty feature for the Android line-up of HTC and comes with super simple interface. Still, what’s important here is the application is snappy and equipped with functional RDS that detects radio channel names instantaneously.

GPS and Software:

The only navigational software that is pre-installed on the HTC Legend is Google Maps 3.4.0. We tested the handset in Europe, where the free voice navigation of Google Maps Navigation is still unavailable. If you decide to help the GPS module and activate it in assisted mode, getting your exact location pinpointed will take just a few seconds. Without it, you will have to wait for 4-5 minutes to find out where you are (after hardware reset) and less than a minute if your have already been located exactly.

The solution to the problem is called Android Market, where there are many navigational applications. This is the place to find software you need, whatever it may be, because the store features more than 30,000 programs. By the way, we tested the handset with one of the most hardware-demanding  games today, Raging Thunder II and it played smoothly, although not nearly as good as on the Nexus One.



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.
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Battery 1300 mAh(7.33h 3G talk time)

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