Summary: The HTC surround is a unique smart phone with a slide-out surround speaker system. The speaker system makes the phone a little heavy, but to some, that extra weight adds to the sturdiness of an already solidly built phone. For music lovers, the sound is good and the kickstand is useable.
Conclusion: That boils down to whether you should go for the phone or not. As you must have by now guessed from our AT&T HTC Surround Review, we are pretty excited with the slide-up speaker and kickstand. The overall design, multimedia capabilities, applications and basic functionalities are a turn-on too. However, the below-par camera, lack of an actual keyboard, no memory slot and ho-hum UI are the areas where the phone fails miserably.
Excerpt: The HTC Surround is one of the first few Windows Phone 7 devices to hit the market in the U.S. It will be available on AT&T, and in addition to featuring Windows Phone 7, it’s got a few other tricks up its sleeve. It’s not your average “black-slab” phone that everyone else keeps releasing. That’s right, it’s got a weird slide out Dolby Mobile speaker system, with a hidden kickstand. Is this rare form-factor worth the price of admission? Read on to find out!
Pros: + Dolby Mobile SRS speakers offer great sound quality
Excerpt: It's Windows Phone 7 time! Aaron takes a look at AT&T's HTC 7 Surround, one of three WP7 devices coming on November 8th. 1 GHz processor, 3.8-inch display, Dolby speaker, and 5-megapixel camera. Aaron puts it through its paces. Part 1 of 2.
Conclusion: The HTC Surround is a solid, professional looking smartphone. Build quality is excellent and the phone feels good in hand. We have our doubts about the speaker bar not because we hate blasting music on the train or in a small room, but because it adds thickness and weight. We're just not convinced that the average Windows Phone 7 adult buyer will sign on for more bulk, though teens will likely love it.
Pros: Solid build quality, good speakers.
Cons: A bit bulky and heavy thanks to the speaker slider, call quality not as good as Samsung Focus.
Excerpt: It's Windows Phone 7 time! Aaron takes a look at AT&T's HTC 7 Surround , one of three WP7 devices coming on November 8th. 1 GHz processor, 3.8-inch display, Dolby speaker, and 5-megapixel camera. Aaron puts it through its paces. Part 2 of 2.
Conclusion: The HTC Surround’s heft and nearly unnecessary slide-up screen is forgivable, given the phone’s otherwise solid construction. Not forgivable is the Surround’s substandard camera. If you seek an AT&T Windows Mobile 7 phone, the Samsung Focus is the best choice.
Pros: Windows Phone 7 OS, 16GB built-in memory, Long battery life, Kickstand
Cons: Poor photo and video quality, No expandable memory slot, Warbly cell call quality, Unnecessary slide-up speaker
Summary: The HTC Surround is a slider phone – but it doesn’t have a slide-out keyboard. What DOES slides out is some “hi-fi” Yamaha speakers that are normally hiding behind the screen. HTC also includes a little flip-open kick-stand on the back to reinforce the illusion of this device having hi-fi speakers. As a long-time audiophile I can tell the phone sounds fine – but hi-fi? I’ll let you be the judge.
Cons: Windows Phone 7 OS, 16GB built-in memory, Long battery life, Kickstand