HTC Surround Phone Review

Posted: November 3, 2010
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.

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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Comments are Closed

  • suryu

    um did she call him bill but he do loook like one of the cops from super toopers

    Posted: November 12, 2010 8:19 AM
  • prinny_hero

    WHAT! WHAT! WHAT! haha

    Posted: November 6, 2010 7:34 PM
  • wizardfingers

    no wayyyy play with an xbox user! that A!!!!!!

    Posted: November 6, 2010 2:43 PM
  • OutlawFirebird

    So do the acheiements actually add to your regular gamerscore that you would have from xbox live or pc?

    Posted: November 5, 2010 12:34 PM
  • InHumanMarine

    More competition is great.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 10:19 PM
  • SpyHunter07

    I give Chris Hardwick's mustache a 5 out of 5.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 8:47 PM
  • lhunter1130

    I also want a WP7 really bad but im on sprint only paying 62 a month when tmobile quoited me $99 a month for service for the WP7 =( also can you review other WP7 models and maybe find out why the 2 largest cellular providers in the US are getting the shaft? I dont want to touch At&T since no one thinks they have good service,

    Posted: November 4, 2010 7:24 PM
  • DaBigFatCow

    I have now decided that I need a Windows 7 Mobile phone! Still stuck with my KRZR for a while longer though...

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:54 PM
  • InuYugiHakusho

    I want to get a Windows Phone 7, but I'm not sure which model is right for me.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 5:57 PM
  • JustTheBeginning

    The stash actually looks good on him but what is up with the 5" shark fin on his head lol.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 2:48 PM
  • smiley2d3d

    thats was awesome hardwick...you get a 4 out of 5 stars.
    I would have given you a five but you came with that Man-stash

    Posted: November 4, 2010 1:11 PM
  • smiley2d3d

    Dude Nice stash....YOu look like a skinny Jake plummer

    Posted: November 4, 2010 12:38 PM
  • vulgora

    nice phone

    Posted: November 3, 2010 7:52 PM