Before anything goes ahead with today’s HTC Legend vs. iPhone 4 rounds there is something I would like to remind all readers. The iPhone 4 is a high-end and recently released Apple device and hence is naturally more powerful than the HTC Legend which is merely an update to its predecessor; the HTC Hero and does not stock the full “iPhone killer” powerhouse like its latest top Android smartphone cousins.
But despite this shortcoming the HTC Legend shines in user-friendly, smooth (although not fast) and devoid-of-bugs functionality.
A very good starter I must say. The legend is well-built phone and maybe amongst the best designs on HTC’s designer board. Simple and cool describes the Legend precisely which has a smooth rubberized plastic back bottom which in turn is of solid aluminum. The front is adorned with 4 physical keys (home, menu, back and search from left to right) that in contrast with the entire polished design are rather low-grade. Below them is optical trackball that does not come to any particular except in messaging, browsing and gaming. The iPhone 4 in the other hand is longer and wider than the Legend with tough Gorilla glass casing as its back, an entire touch screen front and a single home button below. The sides are of aluminum. Again the iPhone feels posh but heavier than the Legend.
Smartphones are all about data packages, calling texting and connecting. That’s why the iPhone 4 supports 3G/HSDPA with speeds up to 7.2Mbps, 802.11b/g and 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0. HTC’s Legend, also packs the same 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g WLAN and Bluetooth 2.1 but comes with MicroUSB 2.0 port that allows the phone to be sued as a Mass storage device.
The screen of the Legend boasts the title AMOLED in comparison to the iPhone 4’s Retina display. Both phones are capacitive multi-touch enabled touch screens. But the iPhone 4’s resolution density is 640×960 on a 3.5 inch screen; double that of the Legend’s 320by480 pixelation on a 3.2” screen.
The iPhone 4′s refurbished 5.0 MP shooter is among the top-notch smartphone cameras in the market with LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Legend is also a 5.0 MP camera phone with autofocus, an exceptionally bright LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording. But the iPhone with its HD video capture and frontal VGA camera for video calls wins this one.
The Legend runs on a Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz processor, whilst the iPhone 4′s powerhouse consists of a 1GHz A4 chip. The iPhone 4 runs on iOS 4 with firmware updates till 4.3 and the Legend runs Android 2.1 Éclair with the usually cool HTC’s Sense UI. This is a moot point for many users where they argue that Android on HTC is of a Sense and Android OS hybrid thus is not original. I, on my part, especially like the Sense as it is one of the smartest of UIs I have ever seen.
The iPhone 4 comes in models of 16GB and 32GB whereas the iPhone 4 white is a 64GB internal memory model. The HTC Legend on the other hand is of only 384MB internal capacity but unlike the iPhone 4 it has a MicroSD card slot that is extendable up to 32GB. The latter comes with its own advantages as well such as alternative sync, swappable memory storage and personalization.
All of us know that the iPhone 4 miserably falls back on its required quota for battery life and the Legend on the other hand can get you till the 36-hour limit on a normal usage day. If you even want to toe the 24-hour lien with your iPhone 4 you might want to read this juice-saving guide
The iPhone 4 includes a GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, a 3-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer I=in the whole package. The Legend however adds a stereo FM radio, built-in GPS/A-GPS and accelerometer as well.
The iPhone 4 was a winner but closely. The HTC legend despite being outdated is pretty solid and certainly attractive for a consumer. Lower pricing and almost equal features to the iPhone does give it high enough an accolade but the iPhone 4 with its thin size, larger screen and updated OS is only slightly more prized by customers.