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HTC Surround vs. Samsung Focus

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October 14th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • Background: Windows Phone 7, the new operating system from Microsoft, will hit the marketplace running on Nov. 8, 2010. One of the first phones out of the gate will be the Samsung Focus, which bears a family resemblence to Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line of Android phones. Another Windows Phone 7 phone that arrives around the same time will be the HTC Surround, which makes a strong statement about sound quality from a mobile device. With a slide-out loudspeaker array, the HTC Surround promises a high-quality listening experience to go along with its 3.8-inch LCD display. HTC has packed the Surround with Dolby Mobile, SRS WOW HD and a sound enhancer app to deliver unexpected sound from a small mobile device.
  • Operating System: Both the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround run on Windows Phone 7, which was developed by Microsoft. A clean break from the previous Windows mobile operating systems from Microsoft, Windows Phone 7 promises a simple and intuitive way to interact with both work and personal requirements.
  • Availability: The Samsung Focus and HTC Surround start shipping on November 8, 2010.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC Surround Samsung Focus
HTC Surround Samsung Focus
Highlights
Operating System Windows Phone 7 Windows Phone 7
Display 3.8″ LCD, 480 x 800 Pixels 4″ Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 Pixels
Wireless
Capabilities
3G Capable Yes (EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA) Yes (EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA)
Processor 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8250 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8250
Memory 16 GB internal 16 GB internal
Camera 5 megapixel stills; 720p HD video 5 megapixel stills; 720p HD video
Mobility
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes
Physical Features
Size 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
Weight 5.8 ounces 4.1 ounces
Battery Li-ion 1,230 mAh, replaceable Li-ion 1,500 mAh, replaceable
Productivity
Outlook Support Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes
Apps Microsoft & developers Microsoft & developers
Music Player Yes Yes
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Cost
Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $199.99 (announced price) $199.99 (announced price)

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5 Responses to “HTC Surround vs. Samsung Focus”

  • Scott Simms
    December 29, 2010

    Thats right. The Focus comes with 8GB of internal memory, not 16GB. I think im gonna go with the HTC surround. Personally, I think the design looks nicer and more expensive. The kickstand and slide out speaker is what really pushes me toward the Surround. This, Combined with HTC’s sound enhancer and Zune music player, makes this phone possibly the best music phone out there.

  • Scott Simms
    December 29, 2010

    Thats right. The Focas comes with 8GB of internal memory, not 16GB. I think im gonna go with the HTC surround. Personally, I think the design is nicer and more expensive looking. The kickstand and slide out speaker is what really pushes me toward the Surround. Combined with HTC’s sound enhancer, and the Zune music player it makes this phone is possibly the best music phone out there.

  • Is there any information on:
    1. their (HTC & Samsung)compatability and functionality with MS OutLook 2007 “synicing” folders (Calander, Contacts and MS OneNote; as well as other MS Office software products (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point and PDF documents?
    2. Are their “Memory Expansion” slots on both phones?

  • John Mackain
    November 7, 2010

    150 plus per month after taxes and fees x 24 months vs walmart 70 month x24 =. 840 vs 1800 AT&T plus activation = one month salary no words

  • Ed Ordonez
    October 28, 2010

    The Samsung Focus comes with 8GB of Internal Storage not 16GB which is what the HTC Surround has.

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