HTC Legend
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HTC Legend


Overall rating 8.5/10

From a Hero, to a Legend - this is a line that suits the new HTC Legend that's equipped with Google Android 2.1 (Eclair) and HTC Sense UI in a sleeker form factor than its predecessors.


Design:
9.5
Features:
8.5
User-Friendliness:
9
Performance:
8.5
Value:
9
THE GOOD
Sturdy, lightweight, and beautiful exterior
New HTC Sense UI
Reasonable Battery Life
THE BAD
Smudge-Friendly Screen
Sub-par Imaging Quality
Mediocre Video Playback

Product Specification

Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
Operating system Google Android 2.1
Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz
Built-in Memory 384MB RAM / 512MB ROM
Display 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability / 320 x 480 resolution
Camera 5-megapixel with autofocus and LED flash
Video Support .3gp / .3g2 / .mp4 / .wmv
Audio Support .aac / .amr / .ogg / .m4a / .mid / .mp3 / .wav / .wma
Connectivity Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps / Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support / microUSB 2.0 WLAN 802.11b/g / HSDPA 7.2Mbps
Storage Type microSD expandability / SDHC supported (up to 32GB)
Battery 1300mAh
Standby / Talk time Standby: Up to 560 hours for HSPA, Up to 440 hours for GSM / Talk time: Up to 440 minutes for HSPA, up to 490 minutes for GSM
Dimensions 112 x 56.3 x 11.5mm
Weight 126g

2 user review(s)

edward_elric

Rating by User:
9

To make this review more useful for youths and students who really wish to get their hands on the legend, I'll be customizing this review for students with a limited data plan like myself. I'm on a monthly 12GB plan, and this is my first touchsceen smartphone. I've never owned an iPhone before, although I've fiddled with a lot of my friends' sets.

THE BUILD
I guess the first thing abt the legend that amazes ppl is its sleek unibody build that has an extremely nice metallic feel to it. The edges are well cut with the rubbery 'chin' at the base which allows it to rest very nicely in your palm. I have a large palm so the legend's compact size is very helpful when typing messages, whether with one or two hands. The terminator optical trackpad at the bottom may not serve much of a purpose but it sure looks cool. If only it glowed red.

On the other hand, while the aluminium casing sure looks sexy, a student like me often throws my phone all over the place, or store it in the deep recesses of my schbag. Like it or not, this sweet little gadget looks like it can get scratched real bad (the rubber chin included), so I'd recommend getting a protective case. (though it's not easy to find a cheap and good one around cos this model's still quite new)

MULTIMEDIA.
Multimedia wise, I'm impressed by the sound quality of the music player; I was a huge fan of Sony Ericsson and hence I have pretty high expectations of the quality of music I listen to while on the bus or train. HTC's provided headphones aren't as impressive so you might want to use your own. I personally use a set of in-ear Creative earphones.

It's a pity that there is no equalizer in the native music player. I'm not too sad abt this because I listen to a pretty wide range of music. However, if you're the kind of punk rocker with giant headphones that need nothing short of a strong bass, be prepared to make a compromise. That said, it's not too much of a problem for average users like myself.

Video playback quality is acceptable for me, though not amazing. The only, and probably the most sickening problem I've faced with the video player is that the audio and video aren't in sync. It's not obvious enough to make the average user tear his or her hair out, but if you intend to load in music videos, this is gonna be a disappointment. I've read around and apparently this is a problem with Android and not the phone itself. Hopefully they'll release a software fix for this. Due to this, you might not be able to enjoy watching movies on the legend, most unfortunately. Currently I'm not too sure about this (please advise if you do!) or perhaps it's just a problem with my phone, specifically. I know one thing for sure though, and that is many users have reported the same problem.
I’m not a photofreak and I don’t really have an eye for things like exposure, white balance and the stuff that pros talk about (I mean, I’m a student come on), but if you’re looking for apps that play around with the phone’s camera, I’m telling you, they do exist for free on the AndroidMarket. One of them is the FxCamera, which offers this ToyCamera feature that has intrigued me for the past week since I’ve got my phone haha. To a student, I guess, the camera’s quality is really acceptable, if not, good.
Oh and on a side note, the alarm clock is lousy I need it to wake up in the mornings and after naps but it doesn’t let you use custom music. Well you can install an alarm app that lets you do that though.

Interface
I've used Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung phones before, and I must say the legend's interface and OS is pretty user-friendly. Things are not too cluttered (well, you have 7 screens after all!) and the touchscreen is pretty responsive, with the exception of some minor lags here and there if you're viewing large documents or images on the phone.

Addition of media to the SD card is quite idiot-proof if you're using it as a disk drive. I haven’t used the HTCSync program cos I just can’t get my phone to be detected on the program somehow. What i can predict though, is that your contact list will get a little messy if your email contacts are not synchronized with your phone numbers stored on your SIM card. Loading of your contact list might even lag a little too much for comfort.

On the whole, I'm pretty happy abt the interface, in that everything is more or less organized and in place.
Messaging
The Legend’s messaging interface is quite impressive, and it predicts words pretty accurately. If you’ve read around you should know that it is one of the best touch QWERTY keyboards around. Portrait and landscape messaging are both good for me, though I sometimes screw up with my big fingers >< but that’s fine.
Gaming
I was a little disappointed when I found out that the AndroidMarket didn’t have too many nice games, but upon further exploration, I discovered interesting games :D here’s a short list:
1) 2 Player Reactor
2) Abduction
3) Gem Miner
4) SchottGunn
5) Toss It (owns the shit out of Paper Toss on iPhone)
And. The Legend can run GameBoy Advance emulator Gameboid, as well as other emulators. Though the games do crash sometimes, it’s pretty damn awesome to me!

Reality Check!
So will the Legend still be good looking and will it still perform as well after you place a protective film on its screen? I just bought a protective screen film, and the sensitivity of the Legend has dropped, but just slightly, not too annoying. It’s still pretty impressive, so no worries there. Of course, once you equip your baby with the casing, you won’t be able to show off the sleek silver edges anymore, but trust me, once you take it out, everyone’s heads are gonna turn.


edward_elric

Rating by User:
9

To make this review more useful for youths and students who really wish to get their hands on the legend, I'll be customizing this review for students with a limited data plan like myself. I'm on a monthly 12GB plan, and this is my first touchsceen smartphone. I've never owned an iPhone before, although I've fiddled with a lot of my friends' sets.

THE BUILD
I guess the first thing abt the legend that amazes ppl is its sleek unibody build that has an extremely nice metallic feel to it. The edges are well cut with the rubbery 'chin' at the base which allows it to rest very nicely in your palm. I have a large palm so the legend's compact size is very helpful when typing messages, whether with one or two hands. The terminator optical trackpad at the bottom may not serve much of a purpose but it sure looks cool. If only it glowed red.

On the other hand, while the aluminium casing sure looks sexy, a student like me often throws my phone all over the place, or store it in the deep recesses of my schbag. Like it or not, this sweet little gadget looks like it can get scratched real bad (the rubber chin included), so I'd recommend getting a protective case. (though it's not easy to find a cheap and good one around cos this model's still quite new)

MULTIMEDIA.
Multimedia wise, I'm impressed by the sound quality of the music player; I was a huge fan of Sony Ericsson and hence I have pretty high expectations of the quality of music I listen to while on the bus or train. HTC's provided headphones aren't as impressive so you might want to use your own. I personally use a set of in-ear Creative earphones.

It's a pity that there is no equalizer in the native music player. I'm not too sad abt this because I listen to a pretty wide range of music. However, if you're the kind of punk rocker with giant headphones that need nothing short of a strong bass, be prepared to make a compromise. That said, it's not too much of a problem for average users like myself.

Video playback quality is acceptable for me, though not amazing. The only, and probably the most sickening problem I've faced with the video player is that the audio and video aren't in sync. It's not obvious enough to make the average user tear his or her hair out, but if you intend to load in music videos, this is gonna be a disappointment. I've read around and apparently this is a problem with Android and not the phone itself. Hopefully they'll release a software fix for this. Due to this, you might not be able to enjoy watching movies on the legend, most unfortunately. Currently I'm not too sure about this (please advise if you do!) or perhaps it's just a problem with my phone, specifically. I know one thing for sure though, and that is many users have reported the same problem.
I’m not a photofreak and I don’t really have an eye for things like exposure, white balance and the stuff that pros talk about (I mean, I’m a student come on), but if you’re looking for apps that play around with the phone’s camera, I’m telling you, they do exist for free on the AndroidMarket. One of them is the FxCamera, which offers this ToyCamera feature that has intrigued me for the past week since I’ve got my phone haha. To a student, I guess, the camera’s quality is really acceptable, if not, good.
Oh and on a side note, the alarm clock is lousy I need it to wake up in the mornings and after naps but it doesn’t let you use custom music. Well you can install an alarm app that lets you do that though.

Interface
I've used Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung phones before, and I must say the legend's interface and OS is pretty user-friendly. Things are not too cluttered (well, you have 7 screens after all!) and the touchscreen is pretty responsive, with the exception of some minor lags here and there if you're viewing large documents or images on the phone.

Addition of media to the SD card is quite idiot-proof if you're using it as a disk drive. I haven’t used the HTCSync program cos I just can’t get my phone to be detected on the program somehow. What i can predict though, is that your contact list will get a little messy if your email contacts are not synchronized with your phone numbers stored on your SIM card. Loading of your contact list might even lag a little too much for comfort.

On the whole, I'm pretty happy abt the interface, in that everything is more or less organized and in place.
Messaging
The Legend’s messaging interface is quite impressive, and it predicts words pretty accurately. If you’ve read around you should know that it is one of the best touch QWERTY keyboards around. Portrait and landscape messaging are both good for me, though I sometimes screw up with my big fingers >< but that’s fine.
Gaming
I was a little disappointed when I found out that the AndroidMarket didn’t have too many nice games, but upon further exploration, I discovered interesting games :D here’s a short list:
1) 2 Player Reactor
2) Abduction
3) Gem Miner
4) SchottGunn
5) Toss It (owns the shit out of Paper Toss on iPhone)
And. The Legend can run GameBoy Advance emulator Gameboid, as well as other emulators. Though the games do crash sometimes, it’s pretty damn awesome to me!

Reality Check!
So will the Legend still be good looking and will it still perform as well after you place a protective film on its screen? I just bought a protective screen film, and the sensitivity of the Legend has dropped, but just slightly, not too annoying. It’s still pretty impressive, so no worries there. Of course, once you equip your baby with the casing, you won’t be able to show off the sleek silver edges anymore, but trust me, once you take it out, everyone’s heads are gonna turn.


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