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.
Excerpt: Quote from review: "As with any phone featuring a new operating system, one must judge the engine separately from the vessel it moves. In the case of the HTC Surround, the second Windows Mobile 7 phone coming from AT&T sometime in the next couple of weeks, the operating system makes a far more positive impression than the phone.
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.
Summary: The HTC Surround features the high-quality design that we've come to expect from HTC, but the only thing its built-in speakers really add to the phone is weight. Unless you're set on the speakers, the Samsung Focus is a sleeker Windows Phone 7 device for AT&T with slightly better performance and options.
Pros: The HTC Surround features surround-sound speakers and a kickstand. The smartphone has a 1GHz processor, full wireless options, and a 5-megapixel camera. Windows Phone 7 brings a fresh and friendly user interface, great multimedia capabilities, and an improved browser.
Cons: Speakerphone volume is low. Phone is hefty and lacks expandable memory. No copy and paste yet. Limited support for landscape mode. Xbox Live games slow to load. No direct syncing for non-Exchange Outlook accounts; must go through the cloud.
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