Excerpt: There are those few instances when a mobile handset comes my way and I honestly enjoy actually using it not merely for test purposes but on a personal level. The HTC Legend was one of such handsets. It’s designed to look good, feel good and function exactly the same way. Here’s a closer look. Form Factor Sticking, in part, to the traditional HTC design of the ‘chinned’ handset the Legend’s body is also constructed out of a single block of aluminum.
Conclusion: Compared with other Androids, the HTC Legend performs well across the board and looks fantastic. We can’t think of a similar-sized Android to recommend over it.
Pros: One of the top features of the HTC Legend is its aluminium unibody construction, which makes it look sleek and feel strong in the hand. The Legend comes with HTC's Sense OS overlay, which is stylish and easy to use. The latest version of Sense adds Helicopter view, which lets you check out all seven homescreens at once. Videos look stunning on the Legend’s high-contrast AMOLED screen. It started chugging when we threw a 720p Divx file its way, but the 320×480 display ...
Cons: The camera performs relatively well for an Android phone – cams aren't Android's strong point. But you can choose a focal point and it's quick to focus, although it needs a more powerful flash if it wants to compete with the cameraphone big boys. Because of the unibody build, the battery flap is non-standard and can take a bit of getting used to.
Excerpt: HTC has developed into one of the most exciting phone companies in the world. The relatively small Taiwanese company has worked with Microsoft and Google's operating systems to produce some of the best handsets we have ever seen. It's latest batch of phones includes the HTC Legend, a successor to the much-loved HTC Hero and the first HTC phone to feature a unibody aluminium casing. Read our review to see if it's worthy of its name.
Summary: With its design improvements and feature enhancements, the HTC Legend is a worthy upgrade from the Hero and one of the most solid and well-built Android phones we've seen in its class. We can only hope that a North American version is released soon.
Cons: The Legend isn't compatible with North American 3G bands. Camera quality is mixed.
Summary: The HTC Legend lives up to its name. It's fast, fun, and manages to be easy to use and full of potential at the same time. The HTC Desire, among other phones, offers a bigger screen, but the Legend's smaller size and lower price may prove more palatable to your pocket
Cons: Some home-screen widgets need polishing; Android is still somewhat geeky; short battery life.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Awesome build quality and spectacular design, Really snappy (with almost all applications), Capable camera, Excellent in-call quality, Partial Flash support
Cons: Limited video playback capabilities, Mediocre audio playback quality, Discomforting display (in direct sunlight)
Excerpt: The HTC Hero was undeniably the handset of 2009, winning many industry awards, including Pocket-lint's own. It represented the pinnacle of HTC's Android smartphone assault and the launch handset for the HTC Sense user interface. The HTC Legend supersedes the HTC Hero, but at the same time, steps aside for a new flagship, the HTC Desire . The Desire's elevated status might cast a long shadow, but can the Legend still shine brightly?
Pros: HTC Sense, intuitive, easy to setup, build quality, touch response, onscreen keyboard is excellent
Cons: Battery life, video capture, video codec support, sharp top edge makes for uncomfortable calling