Placing it side by side with its older sibling, we noticed the HTC Legend is slimmer with a gentler incline design below the screen. The Legend also looks extremely stylish as the phone is made of a single block of aluminium, which also makes it rather sturdy. (We did drop a few times accidentally and found no scratches or dent).
The HTC Legend has four black buttons (Home, Menu, Back and Quick Search) flushed to the screen’s bezel, while the Hero has six.
Below the display, the Hero features a trackball for ease of navigating the menu options and settings, though that is replaced with a flat optical trackball on the Legend. The elder sibling uses HTC ExtUSB (Mini-B USB) while the newer Legend is equipped with a standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0).
Looking from the top, both phones feature a 3.5mm audio jack, though the Legend has an additional power button. Boot up took 30 seconds which is faster than some phones that takes a minute or more.
The volume control is conveniently located on the left of the HTC Legend, same as the Hero.
Even though the HTC Legend looks like its completely aluminium, it does has a removable bottom cover for you to access the battery compartment, as well as the microSD and SIM card slots. The battery compartment has a door to hold the battery in place. The bottom cover and the rubber pad are available in either red or brown.