Apple iPhone 4 vs HTC Legend – Review

by Jerry D on June 17, 2010

As the Apple iPhone 4 kicks, punches and body-slams every smartphone that it encounters, do we dare hope that the HTC Legend does any better? Let the tech-tussle begin…

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Connectivity:

Today’s smartphones are usually evenly matched in terms of connectivity. It’s the same here. The guts of the iPhone 4 come packed with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g and 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR connectivity. HTC’s Legend, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g wireless and Bluetooth 2.1 (with A2DP). (0-0)

Size & Weight:

So how large are these two phones? The iPhone 4 is a bit taller than the Legend with dimensions of 115.2mm versus 112.0mm. The iPhone 4 is a touch wider, measuring 58.6mm to the Legend’s 56.3mm. Crucially, the iPhone 4 is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 137g. The Legend, meanwhile, weighs in at only 126g. (0-1)

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Camera:

Striking the first blow, the iPhone 4′s improved 5.0 MP camera features an LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA and 720p video recording up to 30fps. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. The HTC Legend is no slouch and matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording. The iPhone’s HD video capture steals this round. (1-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The iPhone 4 features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.5 inches across with a quoted resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. In comparison, the Legend’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is just 3.2 inches wide and it boasts a lower resolution (only 320 x 480 pixels) than Apple’s phone. (2-1)

Performance:

As for the processor and user interface, the Legend uses a Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, rated at 600MHz. The iPhone 4′s core is a 1GHz Apple A4 chip. The iPhone 4 uses version 4.0 of Apple’s mobile OS, dubbed iOS4. The Legend runs Android 2.1 (Eclair) woven together with HTC’s Sense UI. Two points to the iPhone here, see the stats below. (4-1)

Storage:

The iPhone 4 boasts 32GB compared to the default 384MB capacity of the Legend. The iPhone 4 lacks an expansion slot so 32GB is all the storage you get. Obviously, the default storage capacity on HTC’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via the onboard microSD slot. (4-1)

Battery life:

As for staying power… Apple says that its iPhone 4 can deliver 7.0 hours of talktime, while the Legend is rated at 6.0 hours. Standby time is quoted as 300 hours and 560 hours respectively. A win for the Legend this time around. (4-2)

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Extras:

The iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a new 3-axis gyroscope. The Legend adds a stereo FM radio (with RDS), built-in GPS/A-GPS and an aluminium unibody design. (5-2)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side Apple iPhone 4 vs HTC Legend   ReviewThe iPhone 4 emerges as the winner of this fight with an emphatic score of 5-2. It obviously has the most versatile OS – iOS4 adds over 100 new features, including multi-tasking and video chat. The Apple handset also has the best all-round camera features, the most memory, a far better (and bigger) display and it’s also the thinnest of the two phones.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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