Nokia E5 vs. HTC Legend – Review

by Jerry D on August 31, 2010

We’re still waiting for Nokia to challenge the iPhone 4, Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S with a top-of-the-line phone of its own.

Until then, Nokia is content to shuffle new phones out into the mid-range market where the competition is less fierce. So today’s match-up pits the Nokia E5 against HTC’s good-lookin’ Legend. Which one should you go for?


The E5 is well-specced and includes 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP connectivity. HTC has crammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Bar the top-speed of its 3G networking (which won’t be available to everyone), there’s not much to separate the two handsets. This opening round is a tie. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How do the two combatants measure up? The E5 is the wider of the two, measuring 58.9mm to the Legend’s 56.3mm. The E5 is also the taller handset, measuring 115.0mm to the Legend’s compact 112.0mm. The E5 and HTC Legend both tip the scales at 126g. (1-2)



The E5 is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that has a fixed focus lens, 3x digital zoom, video recording and an LED flash. The Legend also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. (1-2)


As for screen size, the E5 features a small 2.36-inch (240 x 320) LCD display. It also comes with a keyboard, it’s a compact QWERTY layout designed to speed up data entry. The 3.2-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED screen on the Legend is bigger. It boasts a higher resolution too, specifically 320 by 480 pixels. (1-3)


How speedy are the two combatants? The Nokia E5 features an ARM 11 chip, ticking along at 600MHz. The Legend has an equally unspectacular 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor. In terms of software, it’s a different story. The Nokia E5 keeps waving the flag for the Symbian OS (Series 60), while the Legend runs Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI. (1-4)

Downloadable apps:


With 2GB of internal storage, the E5 has more space as standard. The Legend features 384MB in comparison, which needs to be boosted with a memory card. The E5 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. You can expand the memory of the Legend via the microSD slot. The maximum is 32GB. (2-4)

Battery life:

So what about talktime and battery life? Nokia boasts a whopping 13.0 hours of talktime for the E5, versus a ho-hum 6.0 hours for the Legend. The standby times are 635 hours for the E5 and 560 hours for the Legend. This round goes to the E5 and suddenly there’s some doubt as to who is going to win this one… (3-4)



Of course, when the last round needs to be decided on ‘extras’, it could go either way. An emphatic win for the HTC Legend? Or a spirited fightback for a draw by the Nokia E5? Well… the E5 also includes GPS/A-GPS with Ovi Maps and a stereo FM radio. The Legend also features a stereo FM radio with RDS plus GPS/A-GPS and HTC makes a song-and-dance about its aluminum unibody design. (3-4)

The HTC Legend wins!

HTC Legend Nokia E5 vs. HTC Legend   ReviewThis fight was fairly close in the end, but the Legend emerges as the victor (3-4). Why? Quite simply because it has a superior display with more screen area and a greater resolution. It’s thinner than the E5, hardly a surprise considering that Nokia’s phone squeezes a QWERTY keyboard into the chassis.

The Legend also features the wildly popular Android OS, which is doing its level best to exterminate Nokia’s software (not to mention the Blackberry OS and Windows Mobile…)

Do you agree with the result of this fight? Let us know below…

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