Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

Summary: Nine phones are lined up worldwide for Windows Phone 7, but the major differences come down to mobile providers and the physical characteristics. The HTC Surround certainly stands apart, and here's the hands-on review.

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Nine phones are lined up worldwide for Windows Phone 7, but the major differences come down to mobile providers and the physical characteristics. The HTC 7 Surround certainly stands apart, and here's the hands-on review straight from the Microsoft showcase in New York City.

What makes the Surround so special? The source of the name: a slide-out surround sound speaker with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD technology.

There are good things and bad things with the power of this feature. I generally prefer bad news first, so I can just see this being annoying in public places when the user decides to dump (or maybe forgets) the headphones, using the external speaker in their place.

[Image Gallery: Hands-on with the Windows Phone 7 smartphone collection]

Nevertheless, having a portable speaker is convenient in the case of picnics or other small social gatherings where a little background music would be delightful.

While getting a listen of the audio playback on the HTC Surround, I could still manage to hear lyrics and the bass line of the songs when on full blast in the midst of a noisy showcase room. It's not a replacement for portable speakers on your desk or even a few other wireless speaker docks on the market, but it's a useful feature that makes this handheld unique amongst a sea of smartphones.

The HTC Surround is headed for AT&T this fall and set to priced at $199 on contract.

Topics: Software, HTC, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Sorry, but...

    this one answers a question no one was asking.
    rynning
    • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

      @rynning Always prefer Windows system phones. iPhone's the most un-user friendly gadget I've ever used.
      moborisn
      • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

        @moborisn
        if that's the case how you managed to type out that message i'll never know.
        blindside0
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    Assuming that its security is as good as Blackberry's.... Can I access my microsoft-based network in an emergency by using this phone as a remote access device? Chek a server's log? Reset a password? This is the only thing a Microsoft phone should be able to do better than the rest and entice me switch me from blackberry.
    tkaroutsos@...
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    Gee, There's been speakers in every Windows mobile device since way back in the Pocket PC days. Don't keep up much do ya?
    Alsteen
    • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

      @Alsteen Surround-effect speakers? No. You're the one who doesn't READ.
      moborisn
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    Yawn...
    ITOdeed
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    That's all you have to say about seven new phones?
    jnheroy@...
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    Wow....for the same price as an iPhone 4, I can get a winphone (that apparently only claim to fame is a lame surround speaker)? Sorry. I'll pass.
    dabble53
  • RE:ally?

    Who cares if you can play music through that speaker!
    If you do, you don't really care about the music anyway (or your battery life)
    I'd be much more interested in whether this outperforms the speakerphone on other phones. That's a use that people might actually utilize.
    geolemon
  • RE: Hands-on review: Windows Phone 7-based HTC 7 Surround

    I phones are just as good as microsoft phone 7, and android is a wonderful software system. There is enough room for everybody. So just relax and be grateful you have a choice. Choice wisely.
    jjnewb