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.
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.
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.
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.
Androidâ„¢ 2.1 (Ã‰clair) 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
Ambient light sensor
3G – Edge – GPRS – Wi-fi
FM Radio – Music – Photos – Video recording
Social Networking – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr Youtube etc
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.
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.
thousands of apps available
excellent call quality
HTC Sense GUI upgrade and widgets
comes with 2GB microSD memory card
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?
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.