HTC Legend vs HTC Hero: Features
Because the HTC Legend was released in Europe, it runs on HSPA/WCDMA band at 900/2100 MHz and GSM band at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. In Asia it runs on the HSPA/WCDMA networks at 900/2100 MHz and the GSM network at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; unfortunately, the Legend is not banded for use in the USA, but it would be nice to see it sometime. The Hero, on the other hand is a US smartphone and runs on the HSPA/WCDMA networks at 900/2100 MHz and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz.
The HTC Hero also has Bluetooth 2.0 EDR with A2DP for using wireless stereo headsets and is compatible with Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11 b/g, just as most are. The Legend sports compatibility with Wi-Fi standard 802.11b/g as well and supports a better Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR as well as A2PD as well as FTP and OPP file transfer and other profiles.
What is special about the Hero is that it uses the HTC ExtUSB port, meaning it has a USB 2.0 port and an audio jack in one as well as an audio jack separately. The Legend also has USB ports, but not Hero’s ExtUSB; just a USB 2.0 port with a separate audio headset jack, standard 3.5mm. The Legend certainly wins out this one, however a USB/audio jack in one is nice to have, it just depends on personal preference.
The Hero’s audio capabilities include playback for: MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9 with no recording. The Hero’s Video capabilities include support for MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9 with video recording at a resolution of 352 x 288 and frame rate of 15 frames per second, which makes video playback dicey. The Legend supports audio playback for .AAC, .AMR, .OGG, .M4A, .MID, .MP3, .WAV and .WMA formats as well as .AMR for recording. As for video, Legend supports 3GP, .3G2, .MP4, .WMV for playback and recording, format compatibility with 3gp, making playback of the recording again very dicey with low frames rates and a lot of jumpy video. In either case, do not bother with the video recording; it is not worth the time.
The cameras, however, are a different story altogether. The Hero sports a 5.0 megapixel camera that comes with autofocus, but no flash or editing. The Legend comes with a 5 megapixel camera as well, but it also has autofocus, a flash, widescreen capture support and Geotagging support as well. The Legend is the clear winner here. As for extras, the Hero includes support for scenes, which allows a user to switch between completely different desktop types, for example, one for travel, one for work and one for play. There are six scene settings altogether, where the user can change the wallpaper, widgets and more. The email and messaging features include support for home screen widgets, including some for photos, email messaging, Twitter, YouTube and more.
The Legend, on the other hand has much more feature rich support, offering applications for viewing photos and video, an FM radio, GPS and of course, the Friend stream, which melds the Facebook, Twitter and more all into one screen; separate widgets are also available for these as well. The Legend also offers automatic back up of some information, which the Hero does not. The Legend is the overall winner when it comes to features; however, they are about the same in other areas.