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HTC Surround

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and camera. The sound and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the reception and connectivity get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Surround is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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HTC Surround Review

 

The HTC Surround is part of the first batch of Windows Phone 7 devices to arrive on the U.S market. [...]

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HTC Surround

 

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...

Windows Phone 7 OS ; 16GB built-in memory ; Long battery life ; Kickstand

Poor photo and video quality ; No expandable memory slot ; Warbly cell call quality ; Unnecessary slide-up speaker

Beefy speakers help the HTC Surround cough out a bit more sound, but don’t justify the extra weight or subpar camera.

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HTC Surround (AT&T)

 

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...

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.

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...

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HTC Surround

 

This Windows Phone 7 device has an innovative design with a slide-out speaker, but it's not the best vehicle for Microsoft's new OS.

The HTC Surround is what happens when a company has to be creative within a set of specific limitations. While we applaud HTC for creating an innovative design with its slide-out speaker, the phone as a whole doesn't fully deliver as a...

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HTC Surround (AT&T)

 

As a voice phone, the Surround didn't perform particularly well in my tests. The Focus consistently connected calls in weak-signal situations, where the Surround failed. Voice quality, however, is solid. The earpiece sounds good, and transmissions...

Huge slide-out speaker. Kickstand for watching videos. Windows Phone 7 looks great

OS doesn't really work in landscape mode. Big speaker can't be used as speakerphone. Short battery life

The HTC Surround promises a big entertainment experience with its kickstand and huge slide-out speaker, but Windows Phone 7 just isn't up to the task.

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HTC Surround Review

 

Looking back at it now, it's clear that HTC was one of the prominent mobile handset manufacturers that somehow defied the odds by providing some attention to Microsoft's Windows Mobile. Even though they didn't have the notoriety back then versus how...

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HTC Surround Review by Taylor | PhoneDog

 

The HTC Surround is Microsoft's latest mobile software, and I can honestly say that as soon as I turned on the Surround for my review, I was sold. Windows Phone 7 made its debut on AT&T here in the US on November...

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

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;...

The HTC Surround is a solid device, hardware-wise. The issue I have with it is Windows Phone 7. I want to like the OS, I really do. Out-of-box, it's great. But once you start using it, you have to slow yourself down, or you will get frustrated. Between...

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HTC Surround Review

 

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...

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HTC Surround Review

 

The HTC Surround, released on November 8th, 2010 on AT&T's network is a new attempt at a familiar device. The HTC Surround has added a slide out soundbar instead of a slide out physical QWERTY keyboard. It's an interesting and curious addition to a...

Overall, the HTC Surround should be considered an 'Average' rated smartphone, and not on the higher side of that 'Average' rating either. The idea for the HTC Surround sounds a bit sketchy on paper but there's that feeling that it just might work out,...

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HTC Surround

 

One unique feature with the Surround is the slide-out speaker and kickstand, turning this into a useful standalone music player. Other than that, the Surround is a fairly standard Windows Phone 7 device.. and when you understand that all Windows Phone...

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