Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... 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 K... more
Member Name: owtte
Advantages: Elegant shape, quite responsive, user-friendly, Android OS, decent battery life, microSD card slot.
Disadvantages: Slightly bulkier than some, takes fairly long to fully turn on, no stylus, poor camera/audio quality
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.
Summary: A high quality, user-friendly and ergonomic phone that holds much appeal despite minor flaws.