Mar 05 AT 10:36 AM Sean Riley 16 Comments

HTC Legend unboxing and demo on video

HTC Legend unboxing and demo videos

Slashgear just got their hands on the soon to be released HTC Legend and they have given us an unboxing and a brief demo video to tide us over until its official release. Other than the absence of graphics on the box and a packaged microSD card, this looks like final retail packaging.

The unibody construction continues to look incredibly slick and durable. All reports are that it has a pleasantly soft feel and the brushed aluminum finish saves you from the fingerprint magnet effect. The optical joystick and AMOLED screen are welcome revisions from the original Hero as well.  The physical buttons are noted as a bit of a let down with a slightly cheap feel on an otherwise solidly built device.

On the OS side we are looking at Android 2.1, although missing a couple of the niceties of the “full version” seen on the Nexus One. The new Sense UI also makes its official debut here. You are probably familiar with it at this point, but as a reminder it most notably includes the new Leap function which allows you to pinch at the home screen or press the home button for a “helicopter view” of all seven available home screens and the new Friend Stream which tries to give you a single feed view of your social networks.

The Legend should be arriving on European carriers next month, but despite some glimpses through the FCC we still aren’t certain of the U.S. release date.

While it won’t be the most powerful Android device to hit the market this spring it definitely appears to be one of the best constructed and best looking of the new devices.

So are you Sense fans planning to snap up the Legend or are you holding out for the Desire?

Source: Slashgear

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.geardiary.com techvudu

    I like this phone. Great for people who are not mobile hardcores but like Android and a solid phone. I love the all alu design with AMOLED screen, great for someone not looking for a nexus or desire but looking to upgrade a hero or mytouch.

    • http://cobaltdrillbitset.com victoria

      One interesting thing to note about the Legend is that it’s got a few new tricks up its Android sleeve. A “helicopter view” which is almost like Mac OS X’s exposé means you can pinch the screen to view all the five Android homescreens, switching between the widgets easily.

      A new FriendStream scrobbles all status updates. photos and links from your various social networking sites. Concepts: http://bit.ly/htc-legend-preview

    • http://cobaltdrillbitset.com celia

      One interesting thing to note about the Legend is that it’s got a few new tricks up its Android sleeve. A “helicopter view” which is almost like Mac OS X’s exposé means you can pinch the screen to view all the five Android homescreens, switching between the widgets easily.

      A new FriendStream scrobbles all status updates. photos and links from your various social networking sites. Concepts: http://bit.ly/htc-legend-preview

      • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

        There are actually 7 homescreens now.

        I’m definitely interested to see Friend Stream in action on an actual persons device to see how manageable it is.

  • http://Website Se7en2

    Would liked to have seen him use the optical joystick.

  • http://www.mattdemers.com MattDemers

    That 10:08 clock-and-weather widget; is that an HTC thing, or is it available on any phone that can support Android? I see that on a lot of Android phones (especially in press photos) but haven’t been able to get it on my Milestone.

    • http://Website Steve Jobs

      You can download Beautiful Widgets from the Android Market. It’s fairly similar to it.

      • http://Website Paul

        I don’t think most people using b-widget realize this but you can still get the same look as Sense with the H7c skin that can be downloaded from the free add-on’s settings. Just thought I’d let people know because it looks so much better than all the other ones.

    • http://Website Matt

      Yea, we got a Droid + Eris free on our family plan. My sister’s got the Eris and has that widget, and I am a little jealous, because I do wish I had it.

      But I definitely wouldn’t trade my Droid for an Eris…

  • http://Website Bob

    This is a GSM device, correct? Unlocked? Can it be used on T-Mobile or AT&T?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      This is the European model which is GSM, but no U.S. 3G bands for use on T-Mob or AT&T.

      The unconfirmed speculation is that Sprint will be the first U.S. carrier.

  • http://Website Nithin Jino

    Looks very snappy and quick for a budget phone (Heard it was $150 USD for a 2-yr contract). 600 mhz processor and 384 mb of ram. Can’t wait for this phone and the desire to get rooted. Just wish that google wasn’t a baby and just include multi touch in google maps

  • http://Website Podders

    I’m starting to dislike Sense UI and other custom UIs. It has android 2.1 but no multitouch in maps? What about integration with google navigation, text to speech? Car dock mode? I hope sprint gets the nexus one one day with plain ole vanilla android.

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