I’ve been pretty excited about the HTC Surround since it was officially announced back in October. I mean, what’s not to like on this device? Powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 and loaded with some pretty awesome specs like: Quad-Band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), Dual-Band UMTS/HSPA (850/1900Mhz), a 3.8 inch WVGA capacitive screen at 480×800 resolution, a Qualcomm 1Ghz processor, 16GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel camera supporting HD video (720p) with autofocus and flash. It weights in at 165 grams and measures up at 119.7mm x 13mm x 61.5mm. And of course, the feature that gives the device it’s name – Surround, slide-out dual speakers powered by Dolby Surround technology!
I’ve been very critical of popular music focused phones that have horrible external speakers on them. So I was really excited to see HTC step up and make a smartphone with an external speaker that is powered by Dolby Surround technology. At the same time I was concerned that the speaker might not live up to it’s billing, and that would be a huge disappointment. So the first thing I did once I had the HTC Surround in my hands was load up some music and let it rip!
The speaker is actually pretty loud – much more than I was expecting. It’s hard to describe how loud something is, and I don’t have a anything to read the decibel levels produced. You’re not going to walk into a night club and overpower the DJ or anything like that. You will find it to be more than enough for sitting in the office or in your room doing homework while listening to the music. And of course, the built-in kickstand makes it really easy to prop up the phone while you sit back and enjoy the music. (more…)