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HTC Surround Impressions

Obviously this new sliding slab of sexiness is running the Windows Phone 7 operating system.  I won’t bore you with too many details on that because I’m sure after today 7 will be your least favorite number to hear or see in printed text if you can in fact be over stimulated by a number.  Without further ado…

The HTC Surround is a “delightful” 3.8″ WVGA SLCD display with the other requisite hardware requirements.  The Surrounds primary differentiator is its inclusion of a premium speaker set-up that (hopefully doesn’t suck) slides from the side of the device to also reveal a kick stand.  This is going to be an ideal set up for mobile media but should also greatly increase the quality and usability of speakerphone in office or desk style environments so the sound can be better directed towards the user.  Regardless of its slightly smaller screen size I believe the 3.8-4.0″ screen size will come to dominate the market.  The 4.3″ is often described as too large by many (particularly one handed) users.  Touching all four corners of an HD2 with one thumb requires awkward shuffling.  The additional screen size also reduces screen DPI at the same resolution resulting in a sharper screen at smaller sizes as well.  What also separates this and many other US handsets is its onboard storage of 16gbs, giving you twice as much room as the Europeans.  Let us know what you think below.