HTC Legend on Orange
The latest HTC phone to feature the Android 2.1 OS has now been released on Orange, the HTC Legend follows on from the successful HTC Hero handset with improved features and technology as well as a new design.
Manufactured from a single piece of aluminium the new HTC Legend is a far more robust phone than the Hero handset which was most made from plastic, the 'chin' design is commonly thought to bring the microphone closer to the mouth during conversation for a clearer call, however its main use is actually to keep the touch screen display of the phone from touching a surface whilst laid down face first by the user.
The main features of this latest HTC phone include a 5.0 mega pixel camera, the latest Android 2.1 operating software and the manufacturers new Friendstream application which draws together all of the users friends online updates from social networking websites, their emails and text messages and organises them in one continuous 'stream' of information keeping the user updated with all of their friends activities.
The main touch screen measures a pocket friendly 3.2 inches which compared to the HTC Desire at 3.7 inches is a far more portable and manageable size, other features include access to the ever growing Android Market which now offers in excess of 20,000 new applications, Youtube compatibility for uploading video clips directly as well as watching others online content and multi-touch is available on the main touch screen for 'pinching' to zoom in on website pages and photographs.
There has been a raft of new Android mobile phones released of late that make for good rivals to this latest HTC handset, the new Sony Ericsson X10 which is now available in both black and white colour variants is a more advanced device in terms of camera specification whilst the Motorola Milestone incorporates an additional slide out Qwerty keyboard for those wanting physical text input.
For those on a stricter budget, Samsung have released their Samsung Galaxy Portal and LG their LG GW620, these two mid-range handsets offer the Android OS alongside practical features without the 'bells and whistles' to keep costs down.
If Android is not overly important there are other phones that offer similar specifications, the new Samsung Wave and Samsung Monte are two of these whilst the Nokia X6 offers the same 3.2 inch touch screen and the Sony Ericsson Vivaz also, although it also packs HD support for video clips.
This new Android phone has now been made available on Orange pay monthly deals, after initially being released on Vodafone this means that there are now double the number of tariffs for consumers to choose from when trying to match their usage requirements.
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The HTC Legend and recently launched HTC HD Mini are two of many new handsets to be released by the manufacturer this year.