Tech Review: HTC Surround


Posted November 4, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

HTC Surround Phone Review »

Windows Phone 7 has arrived, and Chris Hardwick has a first look at the HTC Surround with Alison Haislip, a smartphone that boasts a 3.8" touch screen, Microsoft's new OS, MS Office, a 5 megapixel camera and even Xbox Live games. Find out what rating they give the phone that sells for $200 with a contract.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need to Know

  • The Surround is a little thicker and heavier than we're used to, mainly because of the slide-out Yamaha speakers.
  • They are loud and sound better than most phone speakers.
  • Pressing the button gives you "Surround" sound, but it's not amazing.
  • We would almost rather have a slide-out keyboard.
  • The kickstand on the back along with the speakers makes it a little home theater system.
  • The screen is also big and bright, but still doesn't have the resolution of the iPhone or the vivid colors of Samsung's Galaxy phones.
  • This is the first time we've really gotten to use the latest version of Windows Mobile (Windows Phone 7) at length after Microsoft gave it a complete reboot.
  • The menu system is immediately intuitive, well laid out, and has an overall clean look.
  • You might have to scroll or swipe a little to get to the item you want, but Microsoft made it so you don't have to keep diving into menus.
  • The touch screen keyboard is also just as good as any other phone we've tested.
  • You can pin apps, contacts, and other items to your start menu, so that way, when you press the Windows button, it's all at a glance.
  • The more items you pin, the less the start menu looks organized, so you have to be careful.
  • It also has a 1 GHz processor.
  • Launching apps is super quick, and it easily compares to the iPhone and Droid.
  • The interface itself just feels fast; the touch screen is as smooth and sensitive as the iPhone, and even more sensitive than Android.
  • There's background multi-tasking, but no way to switch between tasks.
  • Windows Mobile is completely re-designed, so that means that all the features have been re-designed, like Internet Explorer.
  • It's quick to load most pages, supports pinch and zoom, and you can even pin your favorite pages to the start menu; no Flash yet, but we know they're working on it.
  • You can also play Xbox Live games right on your phone.
  • Playing titles like The Sims 3 and Earthworm Jim is really cool, since you can unlock achievements. Microsoft is also working on directly playing against another player that's on an actual Xbox 360..
  • You can also check your friends list or change your avatar.
  • Loading times are long, but we think it's worth it.
  • The Marketplace is well-populated with a lot of useful apps, but we still want the premiere ones like Angry Birds or Evernote.
  • The camera isn't the best, since pictures looked a little dark even with the flash on and recording video also had a little trouble focusing.
  • It syncs with Zune software, so you can get all your music and videos from the Zune marketplace.
  • The phone has 16 GB of storage, but no Micro SD expansion.


  • $200 with a contract

Overall Rating

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Tech Review: HTC Surround


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