The successor to the popular HTC Hero, the Legend is a solidly designed phone. Shaped from a single block of aluminum, the Legend has a seamless, smooth surface with separate front and back pieces. The Legend has a gorgeous 3.2-inch AMOLED display, which is an upgrade from the Hero's 3.2-inch LCD screen. The display nicely showcases the new HTC Sense, which runs over Android 2.1 (Eclair). Like the Hero, the Legend has a 5-megapixel camera; it took pretty decent photos at the show.
As RIM did with its most recent BlackBerry models, HTC made the switch from a physical trackball to an optical trackpad. This is a welcome update, since trackballs tend to get dirty or fall out. I found the trackpad nicely responsive, letting me scroll quickly through the Legend's menus.