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Video: HTC Legend Drop Test

The HTC Legend was just released and the design is really elegant – very similar to the HTC Hero that we saw TELUS release a few months ago. We took a quick look at the hardware in our first review but promised we’d show you another video specifically with a drop test. The Legend looks sleek with it’s 3.2 inch display and one piece aluminum case. The only plastic are the keys on the front and a couple small areas on the back: one is door cover for the battery, SIM and microSD card and the other for the speaker and camera.

You’ve got to think long term with these devices mainly because we have the dreaded 3-year contract and they’ve got to last (or you can buy this no contract). With everything so flush I decided to do a drop test because the Legend looks so delicate and I wanted to see if it shattered when it hit the ground. After 4 quick tests and the last one I launched the Legend from about 4 feet off the ground and threw it another 3 feet… only a few scratches on the case. Pretty durable. Check it here

Update: People have been asking if the Legend turned on and if it still works. The answer is yes with no problems. The aluminum case only has a few scratches and all the parts that flew off went right back on.


Virgin HTC Legend Unboxed & Hardware Review

Virgin launched the HTC Legend and it’s a great addition to their lineup. Over the past few months – ever since Bell took complete control of them and hopped onto HSPA – they have insanely started to offer better devices. A few to mention are the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Pearl 3G, Apple iPhone and now their first Android-powered device.

We got hold of a Legend and did a quick unboxing and hardware review. The overall design looks almost identical to the HTC Hero, but a main difference is that the handset is made from one piece of aluminum. This certainly makes it more appealing to look at. It also feels great in the hand and only weighs in at 126 grams – but I’m honestly scared to drop this thing as I feel it’ll shatter on me. We’ll actually follow up with a drop test video and report back. The Legend has a 3.2 touchscreen display that has a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480.

In the box you get the standard stuff like warrant, quick start guide, wall charger/ Micro-USB connector, earphones. When it comes other aspects of the hardware… you’ll see in the video that there are minimal buttons: volume rocker on the left side, Home, Menu, Back and Search on the front along with a optical trackball that’s flush to the device. In addition this comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack. On the back it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and can shoot video. The Legend also has a 1300 mAh battery. To insert the SIM and microSD card you slide the rubberized bottom cover on the back down.

Overall very impressed with the hardware – super slim. It’s probably best to get a case of some sorts. In the next review we’ll go more into Android OS 2.1, HTC Sense, Friend Stream, Android Market etc…


Win the Android you want Contest!

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We’re back with another contest and thought we’d work with you instead of dictating which phone and what carrier. This time we’re giving away an Android device of your choice. You tell us what device you want and we’ll pick it up and ship it to you. Easy, simple and to the point. No strings attached. We just want to spread the Canadian mobile love!

So many Android-powered devices to choose from: Hero, Nexus One, Liquid E, Milestone, Dext, Galaxy, Legend, Desire, Dream, Magic+, Backflip, X10, Eve, Quench… which one will you choose?

In order to win this contest all you have to do is one of the following: follow us on Twitter, become a member of our Forum or enter your name in the comment section below.  The contest ends Thursday, June 24th at 11:59pm.

There will only be one winner… Good luck to all who enter!


Bell HTC Legend pops up at Best Buy before official launch

Thanks to our friends over at Best Buy for again confirming the upcoming Android-powered Bell HTC Legend. This is officially hitting Bell stores on June 16th but as you can this is showing up via Best Buy. The prices are $79.99 on a 3-year and they have the no-contract listed for $50 more than what Bell will sell it for at $399.99. (more…)


G8 & G20 Summits coming to town to jam streets and cellphones signals

The world leaders are infiltrating Ontario later this month with both the G8 Summit in Hunstville and the G20 in Toronto. Wireless carriers have been informed that cellphone signals may be jammed, but not told when.

The Integrated Security Unit is responsible for the security during these Summits and they aren’t saying much about when or who how will be affected. Sgt. Leo Monbourquette of the ISU said “We use a lot of different techniques in ensuring security to deal with possible threats and we never share those techniques, we don’t make them public”. (more…)


Future Shop selling Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 for $24.99 on 3-year

Future Shop has a good deal going on this week. If you want to sign a long 3-year contract with Bell and thinking about getting the BlackBerry Bold 9700 they have this “Dad Approved” sale at the low cost of $24.99. They say it’s a savings of $125 but it’s actually only a savings of $75 as Bell just did a price drop.


TELUS warns customers of new phone scam

alA new phone scam has been alerted by some TELUS customers apparently receiving calls from a 905-395-XXXX number with this recorded message: “Hello, because you are a valued TELUS customer you will receive 3,000 travel dollars. To accept press 1.”

If you do press 1 you’ll be re-directed to a sales rep claiming they work for TELUS who asks you for your personal info. So don’t press 1 – if you hear it hang up. TELUS states that if you may have given your info by accident then call the police or TELUS’ fraud team at 1-877-567-2062. (more…)


Video: WIND, Rogers & Mobilicity talk competition and unlocking phones

At the Canadian Telecom Summit earlier this week the final panel of the event was called “Advanced Wireless Service”. It was an open discussion moderated by the Globe’s Telecom Reporter Iain Marlow. The panelist were CEO of Wind Mobile Ken Campbell, EVP Marketing of Rogers Communications John Boynton and President & CEO of Mobilicity Dave Dobbin.

Over the hour conversation they talked a great deal about the recent wireless spectrum auction and if carriers paid to much for spectrum (total amount was $4,254,710,327) , should their be a spectrum cap, unlocking cell phones, customer loyalty, bundling and competition. In the video below you’ll see a short clip from each carrier respond to the question “How long can Canada support more carriers with a much smaller population?”. Each carrier had a different answer: (more…)