Virgin launched the HTC Legend and it's a great addition to their lineup. Over the past few months – ever since Bell took complete control of them and hopped onto HSPA – they have insanely started to offer better devices. A few to mention are the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Pearl 3G, Apple iPhoneand now their first Android-powered device.
We got hold of a Legend and did a quick unboxing and hardware review. The overall design looks almost identical to the HTC Hero, but a main difference is that the handset is made from one piece of aluminum. This certainly makes it more appealing to look at. It also feels great in the hand and only weighs in at 126 grams – but I'm honestly scared to drop this thing as I feel it'll shatter on me. We'll actually follow up with a drop test video and report back. The Legend has a 3.2 touchscreen display that has a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480.
In the box you get the standard stuff like warrant, quick start guide, wall charger/ Micro-USB connector, earphones. When it comes other aspects of the hardware… you'll see in the video that there are minimal buttons: volume rocker on the left side, Home, Menu, Back and Search on the front along with a optical trackball that's flush to the device. In addition this comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack. On the back it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and can shoot video. The Legend also has a 1300 mAh battery. To insert the SIM and microSD card you slide the rubberized bottom cover on the back down.
Overall very impressed with the hardware – super slim. It's probably best to get a case of some sorts. In the next review we'll go more into Android OS 2.1, HTC Sense, Friend Stream, Android Market etc…