We loved the HTC Hero, so much so we awarded it our Phone of the Year. This accolade was largely down to the excellent people-centric HTC Sense experience. Well this service, which focuses on improving your interaction with your contacts, is to be revamped and will be rolled out in HTC's two latest and rather impressive looking Android handsets. The HTC Legend and HTC Desire both run on Android 2.1, the latest of Google's operating systems and judging by the press shots, they're both head turners.
So what's new with this HTC Sense upgrade? Well firstly there's a new application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that collaborates all of your social communication from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Flickr into one continuous flow of updates and posted photos. Furthermore, friends can be split into different categories such as friends or family, while a newsreader widget will provide an RSS like feed from your favourite websites. Users will also be able to save time with the seven-screen 'Leap' thumbnail view that enables you to jump to specific screens by simply pressing the thumbnail.
As for the phones themselves, well the HTC Legend is construed from a single aluminium block that gives the phone an undeniable pizzazz, which is enhanced by a 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA display. Both the Legend and Desire lose the trackball we saw on the HTC Hero in favour of an optical joystick, while the Desire's pièce de résistance is its 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA screen which will obviously prove a huge benefit when viewing web content and videos. The 1GHz Snapdragon processor should also help speed matters along.
T-Mobile will be shipping out the HTC Desire from March 26, with both handsets also available on Vodafone; the HTC Legend arriving in April and the Desire shortly after with Orange also announcing they will be selling the Desire on pay monthly contracts.