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.
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.
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: 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, released on AT&T, on November 8th, 2010, is a curious addition to a highly competitive market. One of the first ever smartphones released in the U.S. with Windows Phone 7, the HTC Surround is also the first smartphone to have a slide...
Excerpt: It's all about the sound. The HTC Surround is a music cell phone with deep and intense sound that isn’t found in any other cell phone. This cellular device features a slide-out speaker that offers virtual surround sound with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. If you want to watch videos with amazing audio or listen to your music collection on a frequent basis, the audio on this device is tough to beat.
Summary: Being part of the first-generation of Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC Surround sets some pretty high standards for generations to come. Unfortunately, between the very long load times and headache of getting everything setup the first time, I'm not sure it's “...designed to get you in and out and back to life,” as Microsoft claims it to be. I was in love with the operating system at first, but the more I used it, the more the rough edges started to show.
Pros: Build quality is top notch; loud, high quality speaker; beautiful display; slick user interface; kickstand for watching videos and projection when listening to music through the Dolby speaker; one of the best mobile web browsing experiences to date.
Cons: No microSD card slot or room for expandable memory; bloated with animations; apps can take up to ten seconds to launch, sometimes more, then you have to wait on the information to load; hard to locate settings for apps sometimes; poor battery life; difficult to find some apps in the Marketplace; initial setup can turn into a major pain; auto-hides signal and battery status info.