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.
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
Excerpt: Getting a hint from its name, the HTC Surround carries a mini-Dolby Surround powered speaker bar. The speaker bar can be slid open from what you would suspect to be QWERTY keyboard underneath its screen. It has a kickstand to rest the phone in landscape position when placed on a table or any flat surface. Louder than any dedicated music phone on the market, the Surround produces sounds with superb clarity and little distortion.