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HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4

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Cover flow with the iPhone has long been the king of the hill among music players since it just looks so darn pretty to this day – and there have been few to emulate its success. As we've seen some manufacturers follow in a similar manner with their own offerings, the HTC Surround goes on a complete tangent with its near breath taking presentation with the full Zune experience. In reality, it completely steers of course from the traditional path as it radiates one of the best looking interfaces we've seen on a mobile device. And adding to its stellar looks is the fact that the Surround's Dolby Mobile and SRS surround capable speaker easily blows away the audio emitted from the iPhone 4's speaker. It's clearly evident as the Surround's speaker is able to emit some heavy bass tones that make the iPhone 4 sound mute.

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The music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4
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Music experience on the HTC Surround - HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4
Music experience on the HTC Surround - HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4
Music experience on the HTC Surround - HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4

Thanks partly to its larger sized display and kickstand, the HTC Surround would be the better of the two in the video playback experience. Granted though, both handsets are able to play high quality videos without any problems, but it's the ample screen that will win over some people. Topping things off, of course, is the fact that you can experience a decent movie with the Surround's heart pounding speaker emitting tones fitting for the occasion.

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The video player of HTC Surround - HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4

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Try as they must, the Apple iPhone 4 still continues to excel in the photo taking department thanks to the stunning details and color reproduction its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce. Although it still manages to do an admirable job in taking photos, the HTC Surround's camera quality is still lacking versus the iPhone 4. Granted their outdoor shots come out with a really comparable quality (both handsets perform well), a difference is clearly visible in low lighting situations as the iPhone 4's back-lit illuminated sensor shines far better than the Surround. And to round things off, the flash performance with the iPhone 4 manages to retain some clarity and color balance, whereas the Surround's flash casts a bluish hue. With no question, it's a clear indicator that the iPhone 4 reigns supreme in this category. Aside from that, it's also nice that the front-facing camera found on the iPhone 4 makes it so simple to take self portraits.

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For all of their high-end specs, it's not too hard to fathom seeing both devices sporting 720p video capture. But similar to the outcome we've just seen with their cameras, the iPhone 4 once again comes out on top partly due to its faster capture rate. Tallying at an impressive 30fps, it's instantly noticeable that it's smoother looking than the 24fps capture rate with the HTC Surround. Moreover, the low lighting video capture performance of the iPhone 4 continues to show off its prowess since the Surround's frame rate capture decreases immensely to a choppy 8fps. So if video recording is more in line with your liking, then you may want to stick with the iPhone 4 for this one.


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The HTC Surround comes with 16GB of internal storage which should suffice for most users out there. On the flip side of things, the iPhone 4 is available in either 16GB or 32GB options – but naturally, both the 16GB iPhone 4 and HTC Surround are priced at $199.99 with a contract.

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