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This phone was first released in early 2010, and back then it rivalled the iPhone. I got my htc legend in july 2013 and found it to be very outdated. I was expecting this, as I knew it was nearly 3 and a half years old. The phone is very slow and cannot cope with todays apps. It just acted as a regular phone for me really, not a smart phone, but it had 'emergency' internet if needed. Whenever I tried to connect to the internet, the phone couldn't cope. If I tried to send 2 text messages at the same time, it would freeze and I would have to take the battery out, this caused the phone to reset and the time would be 00:00 and the date 1980 when I turned it back on! Im sure this phone was great in 2010, but as technology is moving on so quickly nowadays, it just can't cope with what is needed from a smart phone in 2014.
The HTC Legend almost brings a tear to my eye as it was my first proper smart phone and what a great little phone it was (and still is). The Legend is a really solid piece of kit as it is milled from a solid piece of aluminium and feels great in the hand. I have dropped the legend a few times and it's just like it looks at you and says, "Is that all you've got"!
Even the slightly upward slant of the phone at the bottom gives it that bit of class and brings admiring looks from others as it is still a relatively unknown model. With everything being so light and plasticky(excuse the made up word) now the Legend is a breath of fresh air and as Peter Kay might say, this could be considered the SAS of the phone world !
Well, enough of the outer shell, what can the phone actually do? The Legend is simple to operate with easy to navigate menus that even a child can work, as proven by my eight year old daughter who managed to acquire the Legend when I purchased a Galaxy S2! There is enough internal memory for plenty of apps although it could do with slightly more. As with all smart phones, simply bung in the micro sd card of your choice and your phone is now an mp3 player/photo library, etc.
The Legend takes great pictures and pretty good videos with its 5mp camera that you would be happy to print off. The sound from the music player is also of the highest quality and you even get a decent set of earphones with it!
Accessing the internet is also a dawdle and is surprisingly quick and the screen, while not as large as some of the top end phones today is more than adequate.
To sum up, this is a great all round phone and while they might be pretty hard to track down now, if you can get one you will not be disappointed as it does everything very well and you will not have to pay over the odds for one.
Firstly, the screen on this phone is superb, much better than typical LCD displays found on many other phones, including the iphone. It is also very nice looking and comfortable to hold but without a case will get scratched easily and isn't comfortable to hold next to your ear for long periods of time, but if you don't make super-long phone calls this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
It runs most of the apps in the android market fine, but a word of warning, some apps such as BBC iPlayer and Firefox won't run as they require the newest version of mobile flash, which the legend won't run. It does also have the tendency to crash occasionally, especially on google maps app, which I suspect is due to lack of sufficient RAM.
It takes pretty decent photos, certainly not professional quality but great for taking a few quick snaps.
Lack of ROM (i.e.: storage space for apps etc) is the most annoying thing about this phone, yes you can move most apps to the SD card but the ones that you can't quickly fill up the available space, especially with all the annoying system apps that you can't uninstall.
The wifi on this phone is awful, so don't get it if you use wifi hotspots a lot, the wifi mangement system is buried away in the settings menu, and you have to be pretty close to the router of access point for it to connect, for example I have the router downstairs and in the bedroom at the back of the house, the phone refuses to find the hotspot, despite my laptop and ipod touch etc not having a problem.
That said, all in all not a bad phone but quite expensive given the caveats noted above.
I'd say for the price this phone is great. Does everything you would need it to in todays world and more. My favourite feature is that you can tether with it. The tether feature is great if for some reason your internet drops out or your on the road and don't have a dongle. The friends app is great to use if you enjoy social networking. I really rate HTC and actually think there a couple of steps ahead of Apple at the moment. If you compare the HTC Evo 3D to the iPhone 4s you will see what I mean! The functionality of the handset is great, it has a view screen for you to drop apps or widgets on. Widgets are great and easy to use. Can't say enough good things about this phone, it will make your life a lot easy. Two negatives I'd say, it can be a bit sluggish and a few of the apps sometimes crash. But thats probably more with the application developers rather than the phone. All in all I have never been able to fault HTC, they are really big on app development and you will be able to see that if you purchase one of their products. Only reason I'm giving the phone a 4 is because there is better out there, but for the price it is, its an absolute bargain.
The HTC legend is a brilliant solution for users who wish to manage several email accounts all in one place. During the setup of the phone, the user is provided with the option of linking to a main account, after which point, he/she is welcome to add numerous accounts. These can be removed fairly easily by navigating to the settings menu.
The HTC Legend is my current phone, and has been for almost a year now; as of yet, I have no intention to replace it.
- Battery life: although I am not a frequent phone user, I use this smartphone fairly regularly because of all the apps I have access to, as well as the email access I have. I use this phone fairly regularly, and for me, the battery life is quite reasonable. For those concerned about battery life, I would recommend downloading an app (free) like JuiceDefender, designed to extend your battery life by disabling any radios and interfaces when they don't need to be in use.
- Android OS: I would recommend Android over any other smartphone OS any day of the week. Aside from the fact that it's open-source, which was a big selling point for me, the market is ever-expanding, and most of the apps you could ever want on there are free. I haven't had to pay a penny for any of the apps I purchased, so far, and all of the apps I've downloaded work absolutely fine.
- Space: Because the Legend has an option for a microSD card, you have as much space as you're willing to pay for available to you (almost -- the Legend supports SD cards up to 32GB. But who'd need more than that?). However, even a simple 2GB is enough to suffice usually, since the apps don't take up an awful lot of space, and the Legend system on its own already has 384MB RAM and 512MB ROM.
- User-friendly: the menus on the Legend are well-laid out. The fact that the phone offers a multiple-home screen setup gives users the opportunity to arrange their apps and widgets in a way that will best suit them. The home-screens are also themed ('HTC Scenes'), giving the user both the options to 1) design their own home screen contents, or 2) choose from a list ('work', 'social', 'travel', etc) of themes for an option that would best suit them.
- Camera: HTC say the Legend has a 5MP camera, but from my experience it's pretty darn terrible. I can't get a clear picture of anything, really. If you're the type that wants to use your phone as a camera quite a lot, this probably isn't for you.
- Audio Recording: Similarly if you like to record voice clips, although there is an easily accessible option for this on the main menu, the recordings are tinny and of a poor quality.
- No stylus: the Legend, from what I've tried out, does not work with a stylus. I could be wrong (only used certain stylus types), but to me it just doesn't seem to be a stylus phone. If you wanted the option to use this (e.g. so that you can wear gloves and use your phone all at once), this isn't a great phone for you.
- Turning on: To power up, the Legend likes to take its sweet time. Understandable it should take a little while to get the systems going, but I've found it takes longer than any of my previous phones. If you're impatient, perhaps you'd want something that'd turn on a little bit faster? It's a small detail though.
I'd say this phone has been a pleasure to use. It works like a charm, and the screen is absolutely lovely (feels really soft, too!). Just generally, this has been a good phone to work with, despite all its minor flaws. Any irregular phone users who nonetheless want a nice looking, useful, multi-purpose phone should seriously consider this.
I was originally put off this phone by the size of it and was going to opt for the HD mini, however after seeing it in the store and playing around with it I found it was a much more comfortable size than I anticipated. It is quite a nice looking phone although I would have rather had it in white rather than silver, which is available now but wasn't at the time of purchase. I bought this on a contract (phone was free) at £20 a month for 500 texts, 100 minutes and 500mb of internet with vodafone but I think there are even better deals available now.
The overall design is good, and I have found that the aluminium body is very good and extremely hard to scratch. In fact my phone, despite being a year old now, doesn't have a single mark on it! I have had many people question why the bottom of the phone is curved, but I have to say it is a great idea that I feel should be implemented into more phones, especially larger smartphones. The curve not only makes it more comfortable to hold, but also when you put it down with the screen on the surface the screen does not actually touch the surface it is on and so will not scratch, which is definitely handy. The buttons on the front do feel a little cheap but definitely don't seem likely to fall off anytime soon so I'm fine with it!
The interface, with HTC sense, is one of, if not the best aspect of this phone. With seven individual home screens you can place widgets and apps anywhere so that they are readily available. You can just flick past widgets and see what is happenning in the world without even having to open an application! Particularly smart is the weather system, where when you turn the screen on and unlock the phone, a sun may shine out of your screen or a cloud may float past to represent the weather in any part of the world you like! There is also obviously a menu and different wallpapers to choose from, and obviously you can set a wallpaper as a picture you have chosen yourself.
There are a lot of neat features with this phone as well, and one of my favourites is that when you get a call, once you've taken hold of your phone, the ringer volume goes down or even stops depending on the setting you've chosen. If your phone is placed on a surface and you turn it over it again does the same thing. This is particuarly useful and is a very subtle but brilliant feature. Another major feature of the phone is the wide variety of applications that are available for it, made by HTC, Android and of course other companies. While the iphone is notorious for having the best app store currently, most of the apps are now available on the Android marketplace and it is steadily catching up.
The only real downside to this phone is the battery life. While with internet and wifi turned off the battery can last anywhere up to a week even with heavy text and phone usage, with these two turned on the battery quickly goes down and you may find your self recharging it every day. Of course this isn't much of a problem if you can put it on charge each night, but for those of us who use our phone as an alarm and don't have a plug nearby, it can be a little annoying!
All in all though, I would say this is an excellent phone and I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase!
I got my HTC Legend in November of 2010, when I signed my contract in the Vodafone store the sales man actually dissuaded me from getting the next model up (which at the time was the Desire) as he claimed he had seen far fewer cases of faults in the Legend.
I had never owned a smartphone before and only ever used other people's iPhones in the past. Initially I expected the Legend to be far weaker than its Apple competitor but I found it to be more than powerful enough. The only time it ever seemed to struggle was in using more taxing apps such as Angry Birds, and as it was mostly my boyfriend who wanted to play on that it never really bothered me.
The sound quality was amazingly clear during calls and its built in speaker was equally nice.
Its camera, too was so good that it made my compact digital camera obsolete.
I loved the sleek, metallic casing which managed to somehow stay fingerprint-free. Unlike the screen (asking not to get fingerprints on a touch screen phone however is asking a LOT). The touch sensitivity was great for the most part, but could get a little dodgy around the edges of the screen, which was sometimes a bit annoying.
I would tell you about how well it was doing after some ordinary wear-and-tear but unfortunately only a couple of months after getting this beautiful phone I was mugged at knife-point. All I can say is that I've yet to find a decent replacement.
When I was due an upgrade I was contemplating on getting the iphone but it seemed far too expensive so I was looking for phones that were a good comparison and thats when I came across the HTC range.
I chose the Legend because of its capabilities and size. Size wise it is very similar to the iphone and you are able to download applications like the iphone but they are all part of the android operating system
What can you do with this phone?
Download 100's of applications
Send picture messages
I spent a couple of days familiarising myself with this phone and spent ages looking at the different applications available. Ones I downloaded was the barcode scanner which I love. You can scan any barcode and it will you tell you what the item is and where you can buy it from. This is great if you are in a shop and you can scan an item and see where to buy cheaper. Other applications include games, pedometer, recipes, flashlight (torch) calculators to calculate mortgages, dining bill plus hundreds of others and most of them are free.
Camera 5 mega pixal
I dont think the camera is the best although takes decent pictures. Not to be replaced with a digital camera. Photos taken in the evening do not look as good as day ones but even still the pictures are of very good quality. The camcorder is very handy too when taking funny moments in your life.
It takes a while to get used to the keyboard as I found it ages typing a text message when I was so used to sending one so quickly in the past. But once you have got used to it and the phone recognises your movements it is fine. Plus you can always put predictive text messaging on.
The HTC legend is very compact but slightly heavier than a normal phone.
I use the internet alot on this and have even set up my email so that I get a notification when an email has been received. This is very handy when you dont have access to email on a computer. You can also send emails. The internet is excellent quality and able to browse very easily by zooming in and out when required.
Dimensions (LxWxT) 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm (4.41 x 2.22 x 0.45 inches)
Weight 126 grams (4.44 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 320 X 480 HVGA resolution
I absolutely love this phone. I have gone through several phones, but decided recently that it was time to buy a new one. Because of the blackberry hype, and the Iphone hype, deciding on the HTC was a hard decision, especially as HTC does not seem to have the same hype about it, however I am very glad I bought it!
The HTC Legend can be bought from the main phone stores, such as phones4u and carphone warehouse. From what I have seen, most contracts are at 24 months for about £25-30 each.
The phone has a very sleek and classy design to it. It is simple yet elegant and I think is better looking than the blackberries AND iphone. The phone is aluminium, fairly light, easy to hold, and not too big in size, so overall it has a reasonable look and feel to it.
The screen is about 3.2 inches, and also has a backlight to it. I have found that text is easy to read, and the graphics are fairly decent too.
What I really love about this phone is the fact it has the upgraded Android version, which features many applications and things to do, so it's pretty much a guarantee that you will not get bored with this phone. Also when you buy it, comes a set of headphones to listen to music, which I thought was cool.
You can also customize your home screen with widgets and applications, so the phone is very personalised.
You can access all the main social sites - facebook, twitter, myspace - and there is a friend stream too to keep updated with friends. I think this targets young adults very well, and business people who like to keep track of emails and friend updates a lot.
The phone has only a few buttons, which are on the front of the phone, and this is partly why the design is so minimal. To use the phone requires touching the screen, so if you dislike touch screen, this just is not the phone for you.
The camera on the phone is ok, and you can edit pictures to make them sharper, brighter etc, however I wouldn't say this phone has the best camera. I find that with pictures I have taken, some are quite blurry as there is not much good zoom.
I am really glad I bought this phone. It's simple and classy yet has many modern and cool features, which makes this phone very fun. It is very gimicky though, so I wouldn't recommend to somebody who just wants a phone for texting and calling.
I bought my HTC legend on contract, I initially was after a blackberry as they seem very popular and mainly due to the blackberry messenger function. However I become more and more aware of blackberrys breaking very easily I was open minded to what phone I wanted. I use facebook to social network a lot, send over 300 texts a day and use the internet on a regular basis; therefore the most important thing for me was a good contract and a phone that is incredibly easy to type on. I found all of this with the HTC legend.
I am a newbie with touch screens and was cautious about it to begin with as a lot of the older touch screens broke quite easily and were quite temperamental and difficult. However the HTC's orientation settings meant that the buttons on the QWERTY keyboard were incredibly easy to press and if a mistake was made the strong dictionary and spell check function would correct it instantly and new words are also added very easily.
Text messaging can be set up in either a inbox and sent box layout or in a conversation so you can read what both participants have said one after the other which can be very useful for longer conversations.
The phone can be made to be very individual with a number of different widgets and applications available from the android market so if you are not too keen on one theme it can be adapted to suit you and your lifestyle better.
By being made out of one piece of aluminium the phone is very stylish, however it is not one of the lightest phones on the market but this is quite pleasant as it easily fits into your hand and you know that it is there and sturdy.
The 4 buttons at the bottom of the screen are key to the working and setting up of the phone and are incredibly easy to understand and operate. There is also a track pad but this does seem quite pointless as you can easily navigate yourself around the phone by using the touch screen.
The flashing LED lets you know when you have any notifications, this means that you need to keep unlocking your phone to check if you have that all important text message.
A number of very good contracts are available on this phone for around the £25 mark including unlimited texts and internet.
There are only two drawbacks to this phone:
1. The battery life, if you are a heavy user of your phone like me by texting a lot and accessing the internet regularly you can sometimes struggle for it to last the whole day. It is defiantly a phone that needs to be charged every night and sometimes during the day. I would recommend either buying an in car charger or a spare battery.
2. Text message storage, although the phone does have a lot of memory when a text message conversation reaches over roughly 150 texts it can take a few seconds to load, that doesn't sound like much but when you have a lot of conversations on the go it can be quite tedious. Obviously this is easily prevented by deleting texts regularly and the special ones can be locked for safe keeping.
All in all an excellent phone with two drawbacks that can be easily solved.
When I was looking to get a new contract phone to enter the smartphone market for the first time I looked over quite a few and decided that the HTC Legend was the most appropriate.
My issue was that I wanted a solid hitech phone, but being slightly over the hill...that means plus 30 these days, I was not so bothered about the social networking capiabilities of the phone. I was also concerned about getting a touch screen phone as I had heard that many break of simply do not work properly.
This phone is average size for a smart phone with a clear large screen and feels solid in your hands. As it can be flipped from vertical to horizontal, it allows people with larger fingers....IE men, to type easily using the touch screen technology. By the by, the predictive text and dictionary is great.....it stores new words as you create them, and also corrects your mistyped words saving you ages correcting your texts etc.
Navigation is great, simply slide left and right using the android technology. You can import applications to each of the 7 available pages and the online store allows you to download loads more.
The little silver circle at the bottom of the device is a scroller, so you can scroll through text with no problems. This is very hand, as technically there is no other way to move through text....which I never even though t of prior to choosing a touch screen phone.
The screen is of high quality and the phone feels solid and well built. The speaker is good on the phone, but sometimes you have to be careful about how you hold the device while speaking on the phone as it can cut in and out if you move around alot.
The camera is perfectly adequate on this phone. It takes good quality pics and the movie quality is also high. Its not the best camera on the market, but I dont think anyone would complain that the quality is not there and the the little perks, like being able to do grey scale and negative picture format etc are useful.
I have had the phone for 2 months now and touch wood, nothing has gone wrong. The phone has not ever hung or frozen on me which is great. Applications download with no problems and it automatically advises you of updates if there are any available.
I know I said I never bought the phone for its online social networking apps, but I have to say that they are so easy to use, I am more active now than ever before. You can easily upload tweets etc, as well as pics and carry on with what you are doing while it sorts it out in the background.
Overall, I have to say that this is the best phone I have had...ever....of course there will be new phones on the market that do more, but I dont think anyone would be disappointed with this one.