HTC Legend vs. HTC Wildfire – Review

by Jerry D on September 1, 2010

While the HTC Legend isn’t the most advanced phone available today, it can more than hold its own in the mid-range badlands.

HTC has a varied range of handsets to suit all pockets and its Wildfire provides the Android experience in a much smaller form factor. In terms of raw hardware, who comes out on top? Time for another big phone fight…

Connectivity:

Let’s consider the wireless options of these two phones. The Legend boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. HTC has stuffed the Wildfire with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. No difference. Points shared. Let’s move on. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

In terms of relative chunkiness, the Legend is the thinner of the two combatants (although there’s almost nothing in it). The Legend measures 11.5mm to the Wildfire’s 12.0mm. A difference of only half a millimetre. Measure the weight of the duo and the comparison is obvious to the human eye. The Legend weighs 126g, while the HTC Wildfire is 118g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The Legend’s 5.0 MP lens features autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording. The Wildfire’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording) equals the Legend’s specification. (1-2)

Screen/keyboard:

The smart, unibody design of HTC’s Legend incorporates a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. Despite its small size, the Wildfire’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is identical. But its 240 x 320 pixel resolution loses out to the Legend’s display. (2-2)

Performance:

So how fast are these two handsets? The HTC Legend is built around an Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip, clocked at 600MHz. The Wildfire has a Qualcomm MSM 7225 528MHz processor. There’s almost nothing in it. Both of HTC’s phones use Android 2.1 (Eclair) with its Sense UI enhancement. Once again, the points are shared. (2-2)

Storage:

HTC and HTC have both included 384MB of memory in their handsets. The amount of memory you get will depend on any memory cards supplied by the carrier. Obviously, the Legend includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 32GB. The storage capacity on the Wildfire can also be expanded to 32GB. (2-2)

Battery life:

Fully-charged, HTC claims 6.0 hours of talktime for the Legend, compared to 8.0 hours for the Wildfire. Standby times are 560 hours and 690 hours respectively. This round goes to the Wildfire. (2-3)

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Extras:

The Legend also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass, all wrapped into a head-turning aluminum unibody design. The Wildfire also features a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS sat-nav functionality and a digital compass (2-3)

The HTC Wildfire wins!

htc wildfire HTC Legend vs. HTC Wildfire   ReviewInteresting result. The HTC Wildfire comes out on top with a narrow victory (2-3). There’s really nothing between the two phones. The Legend has a higher resolution screen, which delivers a better all-round Android experience (IMHO). But the Wildfire is a much more compact handset with a better battery life.

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

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