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HTC Surround Review: First look

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The Surround is a slider phone – but it doesn’t have a slide-out keyboard.  What DOES slides out is some “hi-fi” Yamaha speakers that are normally hiding behind the screen.  HTC also includes a little flip-open kick-stand on the back to reinforce the illusion of this device having hi-fi speakers.  As a long-time audiophile I can tell the phone sounds fine – but hi-fi?  I’ll let you be the judge.

On the other hand, it IS called the Surround for a good reason – there’s also Dolby Surround sound built inside to go with the HD video capabilities that bears some attention.

The handset has terrific hand-feel – a 3.8-inch touchscreen and all the features and standard software necessary for the phone to bear the WP7 moniker.  Microsoft has strict rules about what goes on – and into (down to the processor and memory) – their new phones.  They want to assure consistently great devices.  For instance:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Minimum 256 MB of RAM
  • Minimum 8 GB Flash Memory
  • 4 point true multi-touch capacitive screen
  • WVGA screen (480×800 pixel resolution)
  • DirectX GPU support
  • 5 sensors (A-GPS, accelerometer, compass, proximity and light).
  • Minimum 5-megapixel camera with dedicated flash
  • Start, search, back, camera, volume and power buttons
  • FM radio support

Because of those rules, manufacturers aren’t even allowed to change the look or feel of the start page – but they can place those features in a separate applet.  HTC’s Hub contains a lot of the items you’ve see on Sprint’s EVO 4G and other famous HTC handsets.

Read the full HTC 7 Surround review at our sister site, Know Your Cell

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