Back in February during the Mobile World Congress, HTC announced the HTC Legend, the company's latest Android smartphone which is the legitimate follower of the HTC Hero. But the Legend isn't just a follower, is a masterpiece of design since it features a sleek unibody design - carved from a single block of aluminum - which makes the device unbelievable light weight (126 grams only) and strong. Furthermore, the Legend is one of HTC's first smartphones which comes with a brilliant AMOLED HVGA display. The Android 2.1/Eclair-powered smartphone features a 600 MHz Qualcomm CPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz.
Also onboard and quite typical for an Android smartphone are Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, the G-sensor, digital compass and proximity sensor. Furthermore, the device sports a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, in addition to the micro USB connector which is used for charging and synchronizing the smartphone.
And while the narrowed screen might the device's biggest disappointment, it contributes to the biggest advantage: the size. The HTC Legend only measures 112 x 56.3 x 11.5 mm which makes the device one of the handier Android smartphones in the market.
Being an HTC Android smartphone, the Legend features HTC's own Sense UI which features an expanded selection of widgets. The new People widget lets you bring any group you create on your phone right to the surface for easy access to calling, messaging, emailing them or simply checking up on their social networking updates. The HTC Legend also simplifies the way you tend to all your social networks. With Friend Stream, the various interaction with your friends across multiple social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr are brought into a single easy to follow stream of updates, photo posts, and shared links. Friend Stream also lets you shout out your thoughts or feelings with all your online friends with a single update that gets broadcast to both Facebook and Twitter.
Last but not least, the Legend's pinch to zoom feature makes it extremely easy to zip around pages and take a closer look at text or images.
In direct channels, the HTC Legend is already available/available soon across Europe for an estimated retail price of 450 Euro (without a contract). Furthermore, Vodafone announced to carry the HTC Legend from April.
Cheers ~ Arne