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I need a new Phone

My old phone (Sony Ericsson) fell down the stairs a few weeks ago and some keys aren’t working anymore, so I need a new one. I decided to take a good one now with a touchscreen and other cool gimmicks. I got my mind set on the iPhone 3GS very long but noticed how limited it is concerning “software-freedom”. So I looked for alternatives and found cool Android powered beasts by HTC (they also build the Nexus One for Google!) but I can’t really decide which to take.legend

The HTC Legend is a really cool phone: It’s using Android 2.1 Eclaire (latest version) as OS plus an additional GUI called HTC Sense, which gives the phone a very cool look. Here are some technical details:

  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • OELD Multitouch screen 320 x 480 pixel
  • Aluminium unibody
  • 600 MHZ ARM CPU
  • 384 MB Ram
  • Standby/Talk: 560/440
  • Up to 32 GB extendable internal space
  • HSPA,GPRS,UMTS support for various frequencies
  • Wireless LAN

desireOn the other side there is the HTC Desire, which only differs on a few aspects to the Legend:

  • OELD Multitouch screen 480 x 800 pixel
  • (Dark brown) Plastic body
  • 576 MB Ram
  • Standby/Talk: 390/360

So you see, it’s the more powerful one and there have been tests between both phones concerning their web-browsing speeds (the main task I wan’t to use it for) and the Desire (photo galery) was quit always ahead. The Desire also has nearly 4 times the resolution of the Legend but is a little bit bigger and weights more. But my main argument against the Desire is, the Legend (photo galery) simply looks much better.

So, what to chose? Both have good arguments for them and good against the other phone.


Ordered the Desire today. Found it on eBay for 380€ instead of the 410€ (with Branding) or 460€ (no Branding). It was a phone someone got due to warranty and he sold it now.

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  1. April 28th, 2010 at 19:46 | #1

    I’d go for the Desire.

  2. April 28th, 2010 at 19:53 | #2

    Well it’s really down to how much you want stuff (eg, web browsing) to work. If you need quite Internet and fast response from a phone. On the legent if you want to quickly look up a word, it would take you longer to do so then on the desire. This could ( if you really need it quick) be a source of stress.

    Now I would chose a fast phone always because I don’t like waiting, especially if it’s for something simple as a looking up a word. And I must say the desire isn’t that bad looking. ( the brown kinda reminds me of ubuntu 9.10 default theme Smile )

    Well those are my two cents.

  3. April 28th, 2010 at 21:58 | #3

    I had the Legend in my Hands 2 days ago and it looked and worked nice. Even browsing seemed good and the screen was sufficient/perfect for browsing.

    Well, I’ll anyway think the Desire will be the new baby but I need to test it first – Out in a few days in the shops next to me.

  4. Yuriman
    April 28th, 2010 at 22:12 | #4

    I have a legend and Its awesome, my dad have a desire Its also awesome but i prefere legend couse it fits better in your hand and it looks better

    If you do not play games with high res 3d it doesn’t matter if you have desires CPU and legend is far away from being slow

    Ps. I’m typing this from my legend

  5. April 28th, 2010 at 23:48 | #5

    I’ll closely compare both phones later again when the desire is out and judge on internet performance and feeling.

  6. April 29th, 2010 at 15:47 | #6

    I own a G1 (made by HTC, 1st gen Android phone) and if it were me I’d go for the Desire. Absolutly the legent looks better but I think you’ll end up needing the extra grunt when you’ve loaded a few essential background apps.

    But I like my full QWERTY keyboard so I’ll stick with my G1 Smile

  7. The Eagle
    April 29th, 2010 at 18:19 | #7

    i have the hd2 and i definitely would buy a desire ’cause of the hardware; you will definitely like the fucking huge screen and the big hd2 is a lot more comfortable to wear in your trouser pocket than my old n73, simply because its thinner, so the size is no contra argument. further the android os is a very good choice.
    My opinion is that wm6.5 isn’t state of the art and iphone os, well is some of the crappy softwares that look good but don’t have much functions, regarding the hardware (bluetooth .. f.e.). the upcoming win phone 7 series is an apple alike os (only marketplace apps, only managed silverlight apps, strict hardware requirements) which makes it quite uninteresting for me.

  8. WeltEnSTurm
    April 29th, 2010 at 22:01 | #8

    Depens on what you want do do with your phone, and how often you want to use it. If it’s really just browsing, the Legend should be enough. Although you would only see half the shit.
    Personally, I’d go for the Desire, unless you want to show off with your phone (although you could do this here with it’s speed, IMO it doesn’t really look that bad either), mainly because I would use it pretty often for browsing, demanding apps and maybe games.

  9. April 30th, 2010 at 00:22 | #9

    Well, I think as most people are more for the Desire, I get it. Still I will compare both but my decisions are now 85% Desire and 15% Legend.

  10. The Eagle
    April 30th, 2010 at 19:07 | #10

    so i guess the legend is now legend?

  11. Grant
    April 30th, 2010 at 20:46 | #11

    Desire all the way. My friend has one and i love it.

  12. May 1st, 2010 at 00:34 | #12

    Yes, the legend is now legend, because I my future phone has to fit my desires

  13. Wes
    May 1st, 2010 at 02:39 | #13

    Get the Incredible if you can.

  14. fonix232
    May 1st, 2010 at 14:14 | #14

    If I were you, I would rather go on Symbian. If you really love Sony Ericsson, then choose the SE Vivaz (for it’s incredible power) or Satio (for it’s great look. I just don’t like Vivaz’s soap-like form). But if you really want to stick with Android (what I totally understand), then go for the Desire.

    But, if you REALLY want a useful phone, choose Nokia N900. Maemo-Fremantle Linux (a Debian distro for phones), 1Ghz CPU (if you use a free-d ROM. Out-of-the-box it’s just 600Mhz), huuuge screen, physical Qwerty, and many other stuff.

    Believe me, I know smart phones well, I’ve been studying them for almost 2 years (and also I am working on them too. Currently with a Nokia 5800, before I had a Nokia 6650, next will be probably a Nokia N8 or N900, and maybe after it I will buy an Android. I don’t like it because too much CPU time is used up for the Java Virtual Machine to run that nice GUI).

  15. The Eagle
    May 2nd, 2010 at 22:41 | #15

    symbian is almost sentenced to death. maemo will be nokias next mainstream os and i don’t like mainstream software, such like the samsung os. in the current situation android is the winners os, ’cause its already embedded to the market, open-source, very powerfull and is build on the newest and appropriate technologie (compared to eg. winmob)

  16. fonix232
    May 5th, 2010 at 18:10 | #16


    Were you looking at Symbian.org recently? They have gone totally Open Source too, and the first Symbian^3 Nokia is coming Q3/2010, and it will (a bit) improve mobile technologies. Symbian still got potency, but people who were WinMo fans can’t take it. Also Maemo isn’t the mainstream phone of Nokia, as it is a DEVELOPER PHONE (it was said by Nokia itself), and Maemo is currently discontinued (MeeGo comes, but it’s a merge with another Smartphone-tabletpc-netbook OS).

    Bada’s only problem is the low support for applications. The developer kit is only available for companies who payed some money for Samsung, and this way they f*cked up the whole thing.

    I lost my interest in WinMo (mostly because WinMo7 has no multi-tasking, what SUCKS), and currently I have no money for a new phone, so I will stick with Symbian, but I know it, I like it, and still if even Android has better things (I never said it haven’t got), under Symbian things can be done better, because while Android can be programmed only in Java, Symbian supports Java MIDP, Symbian C++, Qt (a C++ – like language), .Net, and some other too.

  17. May 5th, 2010 at 19:41 | #17

    You can code on C/C++ on Android too, but it is not intended to be.
    Java is a good choice for Android apps (but still I agree, Java sucks).

  18. fonix232
    May 6th, 2010 at 22:24 | #18

    Yes you can code C++ on Android, but that needs “rooting”, accessing the main kernel, what is AFAIK, isn’t possible on the Desire (someone did it, but haven’t published the method).

    Also, if you really into Linux and C/C++ (just like me) go get a real dev phone: the N900. While it is a phone, it is very powerful, and you can even “install” Ubuntu on it! Some of the high-devs have tried it, and succeeded (though the titles were unreadable small).

  19. May 24th, 2010 at 21:20 | #19

    Good idea with eBay.

  20. tim93
    May 30th, 2010 at 18:43 | #20

    I would choose the Desire, since it is unsure if the Legend will get the new Android version (2.2 FroYo), wich brings a 450% overall speed improvement. http://bit.ly/a8HoVr

    The update will be available for the Desire on 23 June.
    + The desire is just faster and better! Razz
    EDIT: Just saw you already ordered the Desire -_- anyway good choise ^^

  21. June 1st, 2010 at 11:21 | #21

    Yeah, I got the desire now for one month and all I can say: wow.
    And yeah, Froyo will give it an extra kick because of the JIT-Compiler. But I think it will take some time before my Desire gets Froyo (because it’s branded by Orange Fr and they need to modify their shit first).
    My rule of thumb is: If they didn’t manage to bring out their modded Android 2.2 two weeks after the official release (all they have to do is installing 6 apps in general), I will root my desire and install 2.2 manually.

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