HTC Surround (AT&T)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: SURROUNDATT
- Bottom Line:
- 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 for AT&T with slightly better performance and options.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 10/20/2010
- Released on: 11/08/2010
The good: 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 improved browser.
The bad: 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 bottom line: 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 for AT&T with slightly better performance and options.
Quick, Extreme organized, Win7 has room for improvement
by Anthony-Lampert on April 23, 2011
Pros: Phone felt very solid and has a bit of weight
Very slick UI with impressive speed
Brilliant colors and a beautiful home screen
Battery life is just OK
Messaging is very nice with the conversation mode
Camera and video camera are amazing
Cons: The phone is not as customizable
It lacks multitasking
Summary: When it was time for a new phone, i did my research and i was looking for an Android phone by HTC. When i went to the store, there were ...
Summary: When it was time for a new phone, i did my research and i was looking for an Android phone by HTC. When i went to the store, there were no phones that met my criteria, so the employee suggested the Surround.Update New Link
Out of the box, the phone felt very solid and has a bit of weight to it (which i liked). The screen was more than enough too look at, with brilliant colors and a beautiful home screen.
The interface was extraordinary, i expected nothing less from HTC. The 1 gigahertz processer does its job perfectly, no lag and everything runs smoothly. After having the phone for 2 months, i have never needed to shut down the phone due to freezing.
The battery life is just OK. Probably because of the processor, the battery life suffers. I always need to charge it each night, but that fine with me.
As for the Windows OS 7, it has its pros and cons. First of all, it looks amazing. Whenever i have a friend who takes a look at it, they are always amazed at the look of it. The whole operating system is extremely organized and simple. You have your main screen with the tiles, and 1 flick to the left is all your programs and apps all lined up. Which brings me to the apps. Being that the Windows OS is pretty new, the app marketplace definitely suffers. It has your basics, but some of the super-popular apps on iphone and android are missing on Windows (ie: Angry Birds, Words With Friends) There are equivilants to those, but i have no friends who play "Spell it". I know these things will come with time, but it lacks at the time being.
The other complaint i have is that the phone is not as customizable as i would have expected from Windows. Mainly, you are stuck with the 20 (ish) standard ringtones. Even my old 4 year old slider phone allowed me to transfer ringtones from my computer to phone via bluetooth.
A cool thing Windows did with the contacts is they integrated Facebook and your contacts. This way, you can go to your "People" and see their latest Facebook updates as well as their Facebook picture and their contact info you input. Calling a person requires a little more effort than just scrolling down to their name and pressing call, but i guess that is expected from a smartphone.
Messaging is very nice with the conversation mode, i have no issues with that.
As for the media and entertainment, all i can say is i hate Zune. Maybe im just used to iTunes and my ipod, but it just seems a little complicated in syncing and taking off videos and pictures. Besides, the Zune program screwed up my Windows 7 laptop, so now i have to run it on my XP desktop. In any case, im getting used to it.
The camera and video camera are amazing. It takes beautiful 5mp pictures and decent 720p video. I the slide out speakers work perfectly and have amazing sound. The little stand has come in handy too for showing friends videos. \
Overall, a great phone, just a few improvements that i think Windows will take care of soon enough. The app market will grow with time.
Some suggested free apps: Youtube, Adobe Reader, Chicks and Vixens (Equivilant to angry birds), Bubble Birds, ebay, ScoreMobile (For sports fans), Shazam
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Updated on Oct 12, 2011
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17 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Better user experience than with Samsung Focus
by urr_quasdim on December 12, 2010
Pros: Build quality, touch-screen response, non-slip back, very fast CPU, good size and nice color display
Cons: lacks cut & paste (for now), app count small and repetitive (but growing), camera lacks anti-shake, mail client doesn't open all attachments and syncs Inbox folder only
Summary: I had the opportunity to compare the Samsung Focus to the HTC Surround, both being WP7 devices. Aware of the fact that the former was better rated than the latter (...
Summary: I had the opportunity to compare the Samsung Focus to the HTC Surround, both being WP7 devices. Aware of the fact that the former was better rated than the latter (even made it to the top 10 CNET choice for 2010), I nevertheless tried to compare the two without any preconceived ideas. I was surprised to find the Surround's touch screen response MUCH more accurate than that of the Focus's. While making lots of typing mistakes using the Focus, I hardly made any while using the Surround. Thus the user's experience with HTC's device is better than with Samsung's! There is also considerable advantage to the Surround in terms of build quality and feeling while holding it, not least thanks to the non-slip back side. I found the screen size difference (4.0" (Focus) vs. 3.8" (Surround)) insignificant and both screens are excellent. I don't find the Focus's AMOLED screen better; deeper colors but not really a better screen. Both have very fast CPUs and (unscientifically) I couldn't tell that one was faster than the other. The Focus seems to have a better camera, including anti-shake capability (which, incredibly, turns itself to its default "off" state when leaving camera mode) but I find the Surround's camera quite decent. Both currently suffer from missing features like cut, copy & paste, a meager Marketplace app count and some mail client hick-ups, but these are supposed to be corrected/improved by early 2011.I forgot to mention: The Surround is much less of a fingerprint magnet than the Focus. I believe it has an oleo-phobic coating which the Focus may or may not have. Smudges are much easier to clean off the Surround's display than from the Focus's.
In conclusion: Unlike the CNET reviews, I find the HTC Surround a better device than the Samsung Focus, mainly in terms of touch-screen response accuracy and overall build quality - and I haven't even mentioned the Surround's Dolby/SRS HiFi speakers and its kick-stand.
Updated on Dec 13, 2010
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Mediaphile's Dream
by talbertp on November 27, 2010
Pros: --Built like a tank, unlike the Samsung Focus, which feels like an empty demo phone.
--ZUNE and XBL integration are 100% perfect. No issues whatsoever.
--Texting/Email with virtual keyboard is better than with tactile keyboard.
Cons: --Dolby mobile isn't 'true' surround sound.
--Doesn't have an AMOLED display.
--Would like an 8MP camera instead of 5MP. Oh well.
Summary: Straight out of the box, it worked like a charm. Had absolutely zero issues setting anything up. If you have MS Exchange email for work (like me), you will need ...
Summary: Straight out of the box, it worked like a charm. Had absolutely zero issues setting anything up. If you have MS Exchange email for work (like me), you will need help from an IT admin, but aside from that, importing ANY other email is absolutely seamless (Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo, any ISP, etc). Hotmail sets up automatically when you sync with your Windows Live ID, as does your XBL and Zune accounts, if they are tied to the same Windows Live ID. Honestly, a trained monkey could set this device up.
Wifi setup is as simple as turning it on and putting in your WEP/WPA/WPA2 security key (unless your network is unsecured).
Browsing in IE is seamless both in portrait and landscape modes.
I never want another tactile QWERTY keyboard (sorry LG Quantum), as typing on the virtual keyboard is a pleasure (hard to have a key stick on you if there's no key).
The slide-out speaker absolutely rocks and doesn't sound tinny at all. Still trying to figure out the 'surround sound' part though (have only had phone for 2 days). Kickstand rocks.
I can type without issue with just my thumb while holding the phone in portrait with little to no typos (buttons are a bit small, but I don't have issues, and I'm a pretty big guy).
Zune integration is 100% perfect. It's like Microsoft took a ZuneHD and added all of the other features to make it a smartphone.
You owe Microsoft another chance. Pick up a WP7!
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very nice phone.
by cashnsam on November 15, 2010
Pros: Call quality, sound, and Windows phone 7 Features.
Cons: Battery life, Windows phone 7 limitation (currently)
Summary: I started with a Samsung Focus and as awesome as that phone was it just seemd very fragile. It was too light and the SD card issue was annoying. I ...
Summary: I started with a Samsung Focus and as awesome as that phone was it just seemd very fragile. It was too light and the SD card issue was annoying. I figured I would try the Surround out despite the reviews here on CNET.
I love it. The sound is much nicer than I anticipated, and it is plenty loud enough to annoy the people eating around us as my Daughter watches Princess and the Frog for the 1000th time. The slide out speakers and and kickstand are OK but not the highlight. The weight of the phone is nice and seems very sturdy. The camera is very nice and works very well. I traded from the Iphone 4 and as much as I loved my Iphone4 and my apple products, Windows stepped it up and made something worth while. the quality and layout of the OS is great and the phone is a real plus. I am very surprised by the quality and durabilty of the phone and really think its a great phone. It can use a better battery, and I really hope windows comes out with a big update soon. Though I'm not a huge copy and paste user, I do miss it. The little things that the Iphone was able to do that this phone doesnt do, wont deter me from keeping it but it would be nice to have that soon. Overall great phone.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Much better than they say.
by djstriker02 on November 13, 2010
Pros: Windows Phone 7, Surround Speaker, HTC Quality
Cons: Software Limitations
Summary: I work for AT&T in the tech support department and I got my hands on this phone right at release, I gotta say this is one of the ...
Summary: I work for AT&T in the tech support department and I got my hands on this phone right at release, I gotta say this is one of the best phones I ever held. Now alot of people are complaining about the weight but myself personally I gotta state I like the feeling of it existing in my hand. It does not feel like a platicky piece of junk like most phones you get your hands on anymore, it actually has weight and is solid and I don't feel like I have to have kid gloves to use it. As far as performance goes this phone is off the map, its snappy and very responsive doing everything you want and performing well while doing it. The internet loads quickly on both 3g and 802.11n which I use at home. The hub content and live tiles of Windows Phone 7 make for a enjoyable easy to understand and use update center, I would almost say the layout and user friendly nature of the device rivals iOS in many ways. The sound on the phone is excellent while maintaining battery life, the call quality has been very clean has very little distortion and the signal quality is 10 fold that of the Iphone 4. I have yet to get a single dropped call vs the iphone that I had before this device. I definately recommend this phone to anyone who is looking to break the chains apple has held on the Smartphone market as well as to step up to a unified platform without all the garbage that android allows companies to do to there phones.
In Closing the only thing I disliked about the phone was the landscape vs portrait but thats not HTC's fault as much as it's a current (and hopefully soon fixed) fault of the Windows 7 Phone platform.
4.5 out of 5
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Better than the review!
by shysi on November 8, 2010
Pros: Windows 7, HTC quality, Good Sound and easy to use.
Cons: Surround button on the speakers
Summary: I love windows 7 and I love this phone.
My greatest apprehension before buying this phone was the review from cnet, I do not know what phone they were reviewing ...
Summary: I love windows 7 and I love this phone.
My greatest apprehension before buying this phone was the review from cnet, I do not know what phone they were reviewing but this phone is great. I made the decision to buy this phone after buying a new PC with windows 7, I was blown away by the new operating system for computers, I decided Windows mobile 7 would be something great too. It is
I purchased the phone this morning, I am confident that I have it under control (No embarrassments with a client on the line.) It feels well-built and no, not too heavy ( I have been using HTC Tilt II ) it is lighter than my last phone and not as bulky. The sound quality on the phone is excellent; I like the call quality better than Tilt II and cnet called that above average. I set up my outlook email and Yahoo email in a matter of moments and I signed in for Live Windows, that?s when the fun began, All of my Facebook contacts filled in, all of my photos from FB began to show in the photo section, after reviewing one it asked if I would like to add to my phone.
The lack of a qwerty keyboard was also an apprehension for me, so far I am typing fine with the screen keyboard and I am getting to like it.
I then started to play with the most controversial feature on the phone, the speakers, how are they? Good. Not awesome but good. I found this to be an attractive feature because I travel for a living, hotel rooms and cruise cabins and it gets old listening to headphones everywhere, it is also easy to share some music with friends, not a file but the experience of hearing music together. I have already uploaded a few cds on to phone from Zune (Another great innovation.) The button you push on the speaker is worthless (maybe for books?) it does make the music tinny.However, the free Sound Enhancer HTC ap is nice, it adds to the experience. I have been playing Cannonball Adderley on the regular setting and it sounds very good for a portable device.
Its too early to talk about the battery?s , I will have to see what I get, regardless I am use to charging nightly and I expect to do the same here.
I have ATT u-verse TV at the home and now on the phone, it runs well but it can only be used with WiFi. That?s a little limiting but I can also program the tv system to record at home from the phone, no biggy because I can do that from the computer too.
I have been using HTC phones for the last few years and I am loyal to the brand, they have not disappointed yet. I played with the Samsung in the store and yes it looks nice too, the operating system is a big plus for both of these phones. Everything runs quickly and without lags or locks ( I have not played X Box.)
When I fall into any pitfalls I will update my review, in the meantime I am pleased with my purchase and I believe I bought one of the best phones on the market.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
its premium build and a overall good phone
by indiantechie on October 22, 2010
Pros: the way its built feels high quality, and its good sized screen and new os overal simplicit of use make it a good runner up
Cons: the speakers i've noticed that whenever a reaaly good phone comes out the only bad part is something superficial....... and usually something the company decided to change these slide out speakers just dont work
Summary: this is a good phone ans certaintly a decen choice if your phone contract is expiring or in the market for a pone, but the speakers will instead appealing to ...
Summary: this is a good phone ans certaintly a decen choice if your phone contract is expiring or in the market for a pone, but the speakers will instead appealing to more people turn off peopleContrary to my old thing, while this may be the phone, for media addicts, that really the only demographic this phone is meant for.
Updated on Nov 29, 2010
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Smartphone for Media, Great Workplace Companion!
by macjr82 on January 26, 2011
Pros: WP7 is best media OS. Best on-screen keyboard. Easiest one-handed thumb navigation. Zune,Xbox Live,integration is seamless. HTC exclusive apps are excellent, better than Microsoft's own(i.e. youtube) Kickstand and Speaker make it good desk companion.
Cons: Landscape mode not supported on the home screen and some apps. Bad App store set-up. All negatives are sue to limitations of the software, and even HTC has done some things to improve on these.
Summary: My previous device was an iPhone. My work device is a Samsung Captivate (Android). In that light this review chiefly contrasts the HTC Surround and Windows Phone 7 with those ...
Summary: My previous device was an iPhone. My work device is a Samsung Captivate (Android). In that light this review chiefly contrasts the HTC Surround and Windows Phone 7 with those devices and iOS and Android. HTC Surround was not even an option for me. I was deciding between a Focus and a Quantum due to the keyboard, but when I saw this for $1 at best Buy, I couldn't pass it up. My most wanted device would be the Dell Venue Pro, but it's not available on ATT. Anyway, this is about the Surround. I find the weight and size to be a plus, not a negative. It makes my Captivate feel like a toy. I imagine the focus would feel the same way. Also, it feels surer when I hold it. I have yet to have this phone slip out of my hand or drop it. Unlike my Captivate. I once said comparing the iPod touch is better entertainment device, Zune is the better media device. This comparison still holds true for the iPhone vs WP7. The navigation is more elegant and even easier for one handed use than the iPhone. It's reminiscent to how you navigate around Xbox and definitely the ZuneHD. Some app developers have even incorporated this aesthetics into there apps. For instance, you navigate the IMDB and Facebook apps on WP7 by swiping and tapping, vice the dragging and holding of the other mobile OSs. The integrated Xbox Live, Facebook, and Zune apps are seamless. The OS is actually easier to operate/navigate than even the iOS. It also included an FM radio, and streaming from the Zune Marketplace for Zune Pass users. Also any videos you've purchased on the Zune marketplace are available on your phone,as well as your Xbox and PC. I find the Zune better at Music discovery than iTunes and Smart DJ better than Genius. It's nice to check what friends are on live without going to my PC or booting up the Xbox. Halo waypoint is on here as well. It's fun getting achievements on your phone. This may be specific to the surround but it has a sound EQ, plus Dolby Mobile and SRS. It has a kickstand a la' the HTC EVO. Unlike Android, (and like the iPhone) it has a Netflix streaming app. The combination of the sliding speaker with the stand and sound quality make it the perfect desk app. I now have netflix playing all day when I'm at my PC at work. All not perfect in WP7 world though. There are markedly less apps when compared to the other marketplaces. Especially outside of games. The marketplace, though easy to navigate, is harder to find what you're looking for. I know it sounds contradictory but true. This has even given rise to apps on the marketplace that are for searching the marketplace. In direct contrast to iPhone, I find it easier to view the marketplace on the pc than the phone. I think the problem is they basically adapted the music/video marketplace to the app store and it doesn't work as well for that format. There is lack of cut and paste. Though everything is so smartly done, i haven't needed it. The phone kind of anticipates want you want to do. I'd still prefer to have it though. It is supposedly going to com in an update. Also there is no multitasking, though I haven't had any issue with this as well, just as I didn't on the iPhone. The resume state works well. The view on the home (tiles) page as well as the apps page are portrait only, which is odd. Though once inside the view changes with the orientation of the phone, as you'd expect. Zune software is used to sync apps, movie, and music. It works the best out of the three and even includes wireless syncing. It also has more memory than the Focus, 16gb vs 8gb, and a dedicated camera button. The button can launch the camera from a locked screen. It does 720p video recording as well. Better than the Focus, from what I've told.My honest score would be a 4-4.5 but I rated it a 5 to help off set a certain troll review by an Android fanboy.
WP7 is a great break from windows mobile, it has the best multimedia experience of the three OSs I've referenced, and if you are already in the Microsoft ecosystem, it is the most integrated. It is also the most intuitive in it's operation, IMO. Also, of the 3 Wp7 phones currently on AT&T this one is the most media centric and excels at making the OS shine.
Updated on Jan 26, 2011
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Easy, Peezy, Lemon Squeezy
by NikNakTak on January 27, 2011
Pros: Can do everything easily, simply, and quickly
Cons: Marketplace(so far)
Summary: My previous phone was an iPhone 4,I've benn an Iphone user since 3G. May it was just getting old, but I feel this phone blows iPhone out the ...
Summary: My previous phone was an iPhone 4,I've benn an Iphone user since 3G. May it was just getting old, but I feel this phone blows iPhone out the water. Too bad the app marketplace kind of blows right now! :p
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by rpez3 on January 22, 2011
Pros: Easy to use. Lots of features. Sturdy.
Cons: None at this time.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: SURROUNDATT
- Description: Slide out the speaker and surround yourself in sound. Share your favorite music and videos with your friends in virtual surround sound with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. For added dimension and volume, just hit the surround sound button and take the party to another level. The Sound Enhancer delivers equalizer sound effects for a richer listening and viewing experience. Equalizer presets automatically mix bass, treble and vocal levels for maximum effect, whatever your type of music. The HTC 7 Surround is designed to entertain with a fold out kickstand for hands-free viewing and hands-in-the-air fun.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone (Windows OS)
- Form Factor Slider - Touch screen
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.7 in
- Weight 5.8 oz
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 7
- User Interface HTC Hub
- Application Software Microsoft Office Mobile,
Microsoft OneNote Mobile
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch) , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Facebook
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
- Mobile Services Zune,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
- Bluetooth Profiles Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Built-in stereo speakers
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
- Supported Digital Video Standards VC-1,
- Type QUALCOMM QSD8250
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- RAM 448 MB
- ROM 512 MB
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p)
- Digital Video Formats MPEG-4
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T Navigator,
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 3.8 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Connector Type Micro-USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1230 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 240 min,
Standby - up to 264 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Stereo headset,