HTC Surround vs Apple iPhone 4


Regretfully, both handsets are marred with some audible static noise in the background – which is even made more prominent with the Surround's deafening earpiece. However, its louder output over the iPhone 4 makes it a bit easier to distinguish voices. And at the same time, the same thing resonates with their speakerphone performance. The iPhone 4 might be decent enough for some people, but there's no arguing it's easier on the ear with the Surround's sharp tones.

There's no hiding that some iPhone users are gripped with certain reception issues, but for our unit, it performed equally to the HTC Surround in retaining a solid connection to the network. Additionally, we didn't experience any issues with dropped calls during out testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

After using both high-end smartphones for some time, there is no arguing that the iPhone 4 is able to push out more battery life than the HTC Surround. We were able to easily achieve a good solid day of normal usage with the iPhone – primarily sending text messages, emails, and web browsing. For the Surround, we were able to get up to around the 15 hour mark before it completely required a recharge.


Based on our comparison, there is no kidding that the HTC Surround is an awesome multimedia centric handset that's probably best geared for those who want to watch videos and listen to music, due to its larger screen, kickstand and bigger speaker. If capturing photo and video content is your forte though, the Apple iPhone 4 is by far the better handset. Calling quality seems to be the same for both devices, but the Surround naturally puts out stronger tones with its speakers. And as for battery life, the iPhone 4 clearly has the advantage in this department as it edged out the HTC Surround on a day to day basis. Finally, we should not forget the enormous amount of apps found on the App Store, while the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is pretty bare compared to that. So you can obviously make the decision as to which handset you'd want to side with, but another interesting question is which user experience seems more likeable now.

Apple's iOS is a mature one that's been gradually improved since its inception, but Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is an enticing new platform that's also filled with plenty of eye candy. Needless to say, the biggest focus that both platforms exhibit is that they place performance at the top of the list – which is known with their responsiveness and lightning quick execution. The HTC Surround is a great handset that showcases the possibilities that are expected to come out of Microsoft's next-gen platform, whereas, Apple's iOS is already at the top of the hill waiting for the next thing to catch up to its success. If you completely require all the rich and vast functionality that most platforms offer, then it's a safe bet to stick with the iPhone 4 since it pretty much encompasses a wide array of features akin to the modern smartphone user. However, if you feel like you need a change and want to experience something that's utterly different, then the HTC Surround should appease your curiosities. Sure it's unknown right now how well Microsoft's platform will be adopted by consumers, but there's no arguing that its focus is to offer a rich experience that's fitting for mobile.

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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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