Past Rants, Raves & Views

HTC Legend Bested by bad-ass Desire

It's difficult to say that the HTC Legend is going to be anything other than fantastic, for starters it's an HTC and it's the replacement to the Hero- a phone legendary in its own right. So imagine Phonica's excitement when HTC announced a new, higher spec product at MWC.

The spanking new Desire - the official name for the much guessed at Bravo – is a phone with some very antiquated ancestry. This phone is a direct descendent of the aspirational Google Nexus One. In HTC's traditional manner, they've realised the flaws with a Google branded product and announced a new one that's just better.

Android 2.1, 5MP camera with LED photo light, pinch to zoom, flash web pages, 1GHz processor and an optical trackball all come to the party with the HTC Desire- it's certainly got Phonica feeling a little covetous. Add to the mix the newly incorporated multi-screen view a-la Sony Xperia X1 and the Sense UI aesthetic upgrade and you have the next phone you wish you could afford.

The great news is that the Desire is reportedly going to be cheaper than the Google Nexus One and Orange and T-Mobile have already announced that the Desire will be free on certain contracts. Have HTC just killed the mobile market? Not if Samsung Bada has anything to say about it...