HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4


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.

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.

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.

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.

HTC Surround Sample Video 1:

Apple iPhone Sample Video 1:

HTC Surround Sample Video 2:

Apple iPhone Sample Video 2:

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.



1. android_hitman unregistered

excellent comparison

2. techsican unregistered

I like the new Windows Phone. I rather see the comparison between the iPhone4 and the Samsung Focus. When is that going to happen, if at all?

3. Gabriel unregistered

Man , can you share your iphone 4 wallpaper ? thanks

6. jovel16

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

I've said it before, but you can download the wallpaper by using the "Wallpapers HD" app. Check it out, they have wallpapers optimized for the Retina Display.

4. Lazarus

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2010

iphone 4 is a clear winner

5. jeremy unregistered

Sorry, but why wouldn't you compare the Focus to the iphone? I could have told you how this was going to go strictly by the reviews of the HTC surround.

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I don't really like the iphone but i still think it wins.

8. Arturo Bandini unregistered

Obviously you should have use the Samsung FOCUS rather than the crappy HTC surround. - The Focus has a better screen. Indeed S-AMOLED is fantastic and better than Retina display, and of course better than the old LCD screen used by HTC. - The Focus has a slot for microSD cards, that allows the user to get up to 40GB of storage! Which is more than the 32GB storage of the iPhone. - The Focus, contrary to the HTC, with its quality camera allows very nice pictures and videos. A comparison between Samsung Focus v iPhone 4 would have been more honest and objective.

9. Drewidian unregistered

I agree with Arturo. The Focus is a better competitor to the iPhone. WP7 was designed in part to take advantage of the AMOLED screen. Battery life is better, as well as the contrast. A comparison to the Dell Lightning or the HD7 would have also been appropriate. Hardware aside, I think that pinned items, hubs, and data aggregation should have been covered more. Apple is just about apps and what they do individually, and has none of this functionality. App hopping has always been a problem with their platform, where WP7 looks to address that. To leave out the strengths of a platform seems to be unfair. you talked about the retina display and fluidity of both platforms; however when you got to the map applications, you left out that you could pin locations to the start screen of WP7. To anyone trying to get to a saved location or itinerary quickly, this is a huge advantage on WP7 where you don't have to open the app and then search or use a favorite or recently searched list. not to mention the other pinned items you can have. with every iPhone app you HAVE to open the app first then go to the section for the data you want. one last thing.. XBOX LIVE... nuff said.

10. JonDoe unregistered

For the length of the review it was pretty basic... I would have liked to see a review that talks about how each OS differentiate each other from the other. For instance... he never even opened up the people hub or talked about the hub strategy at all! He never mentions voice control via tellme service in wp7, nor mentioned pinning tiles. He never talks about local search, resturant reviews, whats near by in the search experience (lol or mentioned the cool effect of zooming in on bing maps). In Zune player, he never showed the cool screensaver of zune while playing music and didn't even mention the zune pass being able to access 7 million songs whenever you want! I'm not a iphone user so I'm not sure what specifc features it has over wp7 besides the talked to death ones like copy and paste and mulittasking (which the reviewer mentioned) but I assume there must be other (not hardware features but software). To be fair i think the review did a good job reviewing the hardware, although other reviews have commented that the Surround speaker isn't so great on quality... i guess its something you have to hear for yourself. All in all, i hope there are other reviews with other devices (focus, hd7, venue pro) that compare to iphone4. Like Android, the beauty of wp7 is choice! There a phone thats right for you... physical keyboards, 5-8MP cameras, 3.6-4.3 inch screens amoled, slcd screens kickstands, speakers, sd card slots etc....

11. iphone-user unregistered

I do not like the not-colorful menu of the WINDOWS 7 OS. Yes, it is different! but ... it is minimalistic-ugly and confusing. There are moments when you are wondering - is this ON or OFF, is this an option or what, etc. There are some good phones - hardware-wise - but this OS is not mature enough. For me, clear winner is the iPhone and then the good Android phones.

12. Mike unregistered

Does the Surround have a plastic screen or a glass screen? I'm considering getting the Surround or the LG Optimus 7 (Telus, in Canada), but my Vogue and TP2 had cracked LCD screens (leaving me with the multi-coloured liquid-under-the-screen-rectangle I'm sure many of you have seen).

13. drewsadik unregistered

@Lazarus why is the iPhone a clear winner? are you another fan boy? i mean windows phone 7 is clearly a more modern and innovative OS while iPhone is too prideful to change so its stuck in the past

14. drewsadik unregistered

the FOCUS would have been easier to compare and also has higher consumer interest. . . consider doing SAMSUNG FOCUS vs. SAMSUNG CAPTIVATE for android

15. GL unregistered

I miss a comparison of the soundquality out of the 3.5mm jack, using some high-end headphones. I think a lot of people uses their phones as music-players on the go. So for me, soundquality through the jack-plug matters a lot. Any thoughts on this?

16. Guest unregistered

Thank you for the VERY complete and informative review, it was way better than the first 15 comparisons I found online. Keep up the good work, and thanks again.

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