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Video review: HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 on AT&T
      #39108 - 11/12/10 12:28 AM

Yes, it's Windows Phone 7 week here at MobileTechReview since Monday was the official launch date here in the US. Today we take a look at the HTC Surround Windows 7 phone that's available from ATT for $199 with contract (same price as all the launch phones). The specs are no surprise since the manufacturers stuck with Microsoft's minimum requirements:

3.8", 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch display
1GHz Snapdragon CPU
16 gigs of storage
576 megs of RAM
5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
GPS, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth with headset, handsfree and A2DP profiles
3G HSPDA 7.2Mbps

What sets the HTC Surround apart from its brethern, including HTC's own HTC HD7 on T-Mobile is the slide-out speaker bar that turns your phone into a baby boom box. HTC decided to embrace the Zune phone aspect, and make a phone that makes a nod to that capable player and ecosystem. Dolby Mobile is on board at the press of a button and audio is indeed a louder and a bit sharper than other Windows 7 phones. There's also a kickstand so you can set the little noise-maker up on your desk to listen to some tunes or watch a video when you really should be working. Not into sharing your tunes with an unwelcoming world? The Surround also makes a great GPS with louder and clearer spoken navigation that you'll get with most phones.

Otherwise, it's business as usual for HTC: attractive and understated finishes that avoid looking plasticky, a solid feel in the hand and considerable heft thanks to the slider design.

Here's our video review, and be sure to read our full HTC Surround review.


Lisa Gade
Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview

Edited by LisaG (12/09/10 10:03 PM)

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