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.
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.
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.