It took a little Magic and a Dream but Android eventually got a Hero to champion the OS. Now, the HTC Legend comes in an aluminum suit of armor to join the ranks of the Android army. So, is this knight in shining armor set to be the vanguard of the explosive growth of Android?
HTC Legend official photos
The predecessor of the HTC Legend, the Hero, pioneered Sense UI and this latest gadget follows suit, but brings some innovation of its own.
The HTC Legend borrows a page from high-end laptop design – the aluminum unibody. The unibody design was touted as a game-changing breakthrough when it hit the laptop market. A lot of that was marketing hype, but the fact is that unibody metal designs still have a distinct quality feel to them.
Before we jump into any details, we’ll go over the key aspects of the HTC Legend and what we found lacking.
Aluminum unibody design
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
3G with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
Android OS v2.1 with latest Sense UI
3.2" capacitive AMOLED touchscreen of HVGA resolution
Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz CPU, 384 MB RAM
5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and VGA@30fps video recording
Web browser comes with Flash support
Multi-touch zooming in gallery and web browser
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver
Digital compass for automatic navigation of maps
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and turn-to-mute
Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP); File transfer over Bluetooth
Standard microUSB port for charging and data
Standard 3.5mm audio jack
FM Radio with RDS
microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards (2GB one included)
Tethering support right out-of-the-box
Social networking integration with Facebook and Twitter
Direct access to the official Android application repository
No video-call camera (or videocalling whatsoever)
No dedicated shutter key or lens cover
No TV-out port
No voice dialing
No DivX or XviD video support out of the box
Dodgy flash video support
The aluminum body isn’t the only hardware upgrade the Legend got over the Hero, the TFT display technology has been switched in favor of AMOLED and that’s not all. Some of the other specs have alos received a refresh.
Despite trading plastic for metal, the Legend is actually slimmer around the waist than the Hero – it’s just 11.5mm thick and it’s a pinch lighter too. Something that will evoke either a positive or negative response depending on the person is the move to an optical trackpad instead of the tried and true trackball.
HTC Legend at ours
Android doesn’t have much use for a trackball or trackpad anyway, but this goes well with the more compact profile of the HTC Legend. Even the trade-mark chin has been all but flattened.
On the next page, we’ll tell you more about the feats (and features) of the HTC Legend, starting with the unboxing and the hardware.