Neowin Member Reviews: HTC Legend

It's that time of the week again where we highlight a member submitted review by one of our readers; this week we're pleased to share .Neo's take on his new HTC Legend. So if you're looking to replace your mobile phone anytime soon, this might be worth a look. To take part in future member submitted reviews, which are normally posted during the weekend, simply post your take on any new hardware you've purchased here to be considered.


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The HTC Legend has a sculpted unibody design complemented with buttons and an optical trackball. Unlike the Desire and Hero the buttons are designed to look like as if they were a part of the screen. The optical trackball gives users an extra way to easily select smaller elements such as links on webpages. Beyond that I don't have much use for it as Android and the HTC Sense UI have been cleverly designed for touch input.

The phone is not too big, not too small and sits comfortably in my hand. Due to the aluminum body it feels a bit heavy but very solid. It has the same curved bottom as its predecessor the HTC Hero. I could have gone with the HTC Desire as well, but while it has better specs I think it's a tad too big and don't care much for its looks.

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When I read this review, it honestly sounded like I wrote it myself I've been an iPhone 3G user since Oct 2008 and felt it was about time I dived into the Android world. I wanted the Desire, but it's only available on the Telstra network (largest Australian telco, I will never be a customer of theirs:) So, I looked at the Legend and became hooked. I was convinced this was the phone for me, so I actually bought it without even touching it first in a shop - that, in itself, is very very odd for me but after reading the various reviews and what not, I just knew it would feel right.

I've not been disappointed.

I swear that HTC should put me on commission, I've had my Legend for 4 weeks now and I've already convinced 2 friends to go and buy one haha

There are so many little things I love about it compared to the iPhone 3G. Widgets. Speed. Flash. Photo Quality.

I've been on the Vodafone network here in Australia for about 8 years and never had issues with network quality - the good news is, I still don't with the Legend.

Bring on Froyo and I'm a happy boy.

loving my desire, my friend got the legend. we're both very satisfied, but the desire is really evil when it comes to battery life
still can't get used 2 that.. and i refuse to turn off the nifty new online features..

but when will we get the froyo updates?

I love mine.

Problem though. With Sense's threaded SMS, I notice it's very slow with a lot of messages.

Other than that. Great phone.

A problem with the Legend is that sim free it's only £30 cheaper than the Desire, so most people would go for the Desire. Still overall good phone tho.

Agreed, the Desire also has a better CPU which can make a massive difference to the feel of Android.
I've owned the Hero for 12 months now, and I know the Legend is based on the Hero which was fantastic but lacked CPU power.
That said, the Legend is one of the best looking & best built phones out there.

thealexweb said,
A problem with the Legend is that sim free it's only £30 cheaper than the Desire, so most people would go for the Desire. Still overall good phone tho.

My main issue with the Desire is both its design and battery life. That's why I choose the Legend over the Desire. I've could have gotten the Desire with the same 1-year contract but decided against it after using the phone for a few days.

Exosphere said,
Agreed, the Desire also has a better CPU which can make a massive difference to the feel of Android.
I've owned the Hero for 12 months now, and I know the Legend is based on the Hero which was fantastic but lacked CPU power.
That said, the Legend is one of the best looking & best built phones out there.

The Legend is much more responsive than the Hero and between the Legend and Desire I didn't notice much overall speed difference while performing everyday tasks. Android 2.1 and the Sense UI don't lag in any way on my Legend. I imagine that the Desire is more ideal for more CPU intensive apps, but I don't use those anyway.

Exosphere said,
Agreed, the Desire also has a better CPU which can make a massive difference to the feel of Android.
I've owned the Hero for 12 months now, and I know the Legend is based on the Hero which was fantastic but lacked CPU power.
That said, the Legend is one of the best looking & best built phones out there.

The Legend is not based on the Hero...it has 384 MB (Hero: 288 MB) of RAM, a 600 Mhz CPU (Hero: 528 Mhz) and also a better GPU...the OS is very fluid...Legend is more like the Desire then like the Hero...

bluefisch200 said,

The Legend is not based on the Hero...it has 384 MB (Hero: 288 MB) of RAM, a 600 Mhz CPU (Hero: 528 Mhz) and also a better GPU...the OS is very fluid...Legend is more like the Desire then like the Hero...

The Legend may not be based on it but the Legend is the direct successor to the Hero, the Desire is aimed to be a higher end phone.