Where does the HTC Legend fit into the mobile landscape? It’s not a high-end handset. Nor is a budget cellphone. Instead, it walks the mid-range corridors hoping to pick a fight with something smaller and less powerful than itself. Enter the Motorola Droid 2, which (sadly) is neither…
The Droid 2 is a CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A phone with added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. The Legend, meanwhile, features 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Again, triple-band Wi-Fi gives the Motorola phone an edge.
Size & Weight:
Set the two phones side-by-side and you’ll see that the Legend is slightly skinnier than the Droid 2 with a chassis that’s only 11.5mm thick. The Droid 2 is wider, measuring 60.0mm to the Legend’s 56.3mm. As for weight, the Motorola Droid 2 weighs 169g, while the Legend is a svelte 126g.
The Droid 2′s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and DVD quality (720×480 resolution) video recording. The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Legend also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording.
Headlining the Droid 2 is a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Motorola has also paired the Droid 2′s screen with a QWERTY keyboard, which is a big improvement over the keypad in the original Droid. The Legend’s touch-sensitive AMOLED display is less roomy, measuring 3.2 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution too – 320 by 480 pixels.
These days, speed is crucial. The Droid 2 packs a TI OMAP chip, rated at 1GHz, while the Legend boasts a slower 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor. The Droid 2 runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) with a customised Motorola skin. The HTC Legend uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI.
The Droid 2 incorporates 16GB of storage versus the 384MB-worth of space in the Legend. Plug a bigger memory card into the Droid 2′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 40GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Legend bumps up the capacity to 32GB.
Battery performance will vary, but the Droid 2 weighs in with 9.5 hours of talktime; the Legend in comparison boasts a mere 6.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby, Motorola’s phone can last 315 hours, while HTC’s model boasts 560 hours.
The Droid 2 also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and mobile hotspot feature (5 devices). The Legend features Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a sexy aluminum unibody design.
The Motorola Droid 2 wins!
The Droid 2 emerges as the winner of this fight (7-2). It’s a few months newer than the HTC Legend and the technology is better – triple-band Wi-Fi, the best all-round camera features, a 16GB chunk of memory, plus a bigger, higher resolution display. What’s not to like? The newly redesigned keyboard is a bonus.
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