I have been longtime admirer of the Android mobile operating system since it was first announced and for the longest while had dreams of owning an android powered phone. The first android device I every saw was a friend’s HTC Hero, I owned a Blackberry at the time but after playing with it for a few minutes it was love at first sight. With help from family overseas I acquired a HTC Legend recently which is the successor to the Hero and for the week and a half I have been a kid with a new toy, here is my quick review.

Chibi Gundam Astray Gold is also a fan of the industrial design of the HTC Legend

Almost perfect physical design

The first wow factor for this phone is the design, the majority of the body of the phone is cut from a single piece of aluminium that gives it a good, solid feel in your hand. On the front is a 3.2 inch 320 X 480 screen with the standard buttons for Android and and an optical track-pad. On the top is a 3.5mm earphone jack and the power button, on one side is the volume keys and on the bottom is the a micro-usb charging port. On the back is a 5 mega-pixel camera and flash. I cant emphasize enough how I love the physical design of this phone and it was an important factor in my decision to get the HTC Legend vs another similar priced Android powered phone.

With 6 home screens in Android 2.1 to choose from thats lot of space to be an app horder

Crappy battery cover

Sadly though there is a kink in the HTC Legend design armor and that is the battery cover which is a little finicky and will result is a crap load of headaches if it is ever lost or misplaced as the phone cannot be powered on without it.

HTC Legend size comparison with a pen

Mid range but capable

The Legend falls in the mid range when it comes to overall specs and feature list. Almost everything expected to be present in a smartphone is present in the Legend. Abbreviated specs list below.

Specifications

  • 600MHz CPU
  • Androidâ„¢ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel color camera
  • 3.2 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen
  • 1300 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • microSD memory card up to 32 GB
  • Weighs 126 grams with battery
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • 3G – Edge – GPRS – Wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • FM Radio – Music – Photos – Video recording
  • Social Networking – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr Youtube etc

10 awesome points to anyone who can tell which anime my background is from

Connectivity and Mobility

None of the 3G networks here in Jamaica is compatible with the HTC Legend which is not a major issue as most of the places I frequent have free open wi-fi networks. When on the road and feel to need to whip off a quick tweet or light browsing I can use EDGE with my cellular service provider. I have noticed that the wi-fi reception on my phones doesn’t perform as well as I’d like with similar devices picking up a strong signal in the same place where I place my Legend.

test picture using the HTC Legend camera of the view from my office

Application playground

On the software side of things Android makes great mobile OS, navigation is intuitive, the extra polish due to HTC Sense is welcomed and although there are no premium apps available to Android users in Jamaica there are still thousands of free applications and games available in the Android market to tinker with – a process I am addicted to right now as I lose myself downloading and trying all kinds of apps, games and tools. I have no interest at this time to root my phone as recommended by some friends but might consider it in the future.

another test photo featuring Chibi Gundam Astra Gold

Positives

  • aluminium unibody
  • Android Powered
  • thousands of apps available
  • excellent call quality
  • HTC Sense GUI upgrade and widgets
  • comes with 2GB microSD memory card

Negatives

  • no premium android apps for Jamaica
  • some uninstallable bloatware
  • finicky battery cover
  • poor wi-fi reception
  • no HD video recording

Test video recorded using the HTC Legend cam embedded above. Look out for a few Android specific posts related to Japan, interesting games and other things from now on on my blog or on the Jamaipanese Youtube Channel! Which smartphone do you use? and do you enjoy using it?

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