Excellent hardware design
When I first powered up the HTC 7 Surround I was pretty blown away by Windows Phone 7. It's the first time I've been able to say that a Microsoft mobile operating system feels hip and cool.
I've found myself typically using Android for the most part these days. But I really wanted to dive into Windows Phone 7 and decided to make the Surround my primary device for a while. There's a lot to love, such as the home screen and the zippiness of it all.
Dynamic aspects of the homescreen
Based on our initial experience with Windows Phone 7, it's clear to say that Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on its presentation â?? which is evident with its heavy usage of transition effects and dynamic tiles. Although it showcases plenty if stunning visuals throughout the platform, the constant theme of responsiveness reverberates throughout every aspect of the platform; from the smooth kinetic scrolling to the lightning quick pinch gestures.
sound recording was impressive due to the phone's enhanced microphones.
Well, we've seen the Samsung Focus, which specializes in the best touch screen display with its Super AMOLED screen. Then there's the Quantum with its ample sliding QWERTY keyboard for the texter and avid Word document scribe. Then along comes the HTC Surround, which is abviously the entertainment aficionado's phone of choice, offering the ability to prop the phone up on its kickstand and take advantage of portable Dolby stereo sound with exceptional quality for a phone.
sharp, smooth video
The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it.
text and pictures were easy on the eyes.
The HTC Surround is what happens when a company has to be creative within a set of specific limitations. While we applaud HTC for creating an innovative design with its slide-out speaker, the phone as a whole doesn't fully deliver as a multimedia-centric device. If you're looking for the best possible Windows Phone 7 device on AT&T, the Samsung Focus costs the same as the Surround ($199 with a two-year contract) but is lighter, has a brighter screen, and longer battery life.
Solid build quality
The HTC Surround is a solid, professional looking smartphone. Build quality is excellent and the phone feels good in hand. We have our doubts about the speaker bar not because we hate blasting music on the train or in a small room, but because it adds thickness and weight. We're just not convinced that the average Windows Phone 7 adult buyer will sign on for more bulk, though teens will likely love it.
The HTC 7 Surround is one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices with a special focus on multimedia playback.
Overall, the HTC Surround should be considered an 'Average' rated smartphone, and not on the higher side of that 'Average' rating either. The idea for the HTC Surround sounds a bit sketchy on paper but there's that feeling that it just might work out, but in practice, it really falls flat. Microsoft's limitation of hardware and software forces the HTC Surround to only have the soundbar as the distinguishing feature.
Long battery life
As with any phone featuring a new operating system, one must judge the engine separately from the vessel it moves. In the case of the HTC Surround, the second Windows Mobile 7 phone coming from AT&T sometime in the next couple of weeks, the operating system makes a far more positive impression than the phone. The HTC Surround's conceit is its slide-up horizontal speaker with a "surround enhancement" button to activate Dolby or SRS surround sound, and a rear kickstand.
Keyboard is better than the DROID Pro, but still a bit stiff
The XPRT is the first Motorola CDMA device Sprint has carried in quite some time and marks the beginning of a renewed relationship between the two companies. While it may be an older device on the market, it is a good one and is needed in Sprint's lineup.
great pictures and videos
If you're looking for one of the best overall smartphones, let alone Sprint's most powerful Android business phone, the Xprt should be the first stop on your visit to the Sprint store. The phone was surprisingly fast, exhibited a fantastic battery life, adorned from head to toe with IT security and corporate email options, and showed us that a business phone could also take some great pictures and videos as well.
Tiny keyboard, display not among the best.
If you're looking for a QWERTYbar Android smartphone, and perhaps are weaning yourself from a BlackBerry, the Motorola XPRT offers excellent build quality, a more comfortable and less finger-print loving back than the Droid Pro and a decent keyboard. The keyboard can't compete with RIM's better BlackBerry keyboard, but it's passable and allows for a more pocketable phone vs. the Samsung Epic 4G and other side-slider QWERTY Android smartphones.
Massive battery power
The time that's passed since the Motorola XPRT's cousin the Droid Pro was released, and the changes that have been made in the Sprint version, make it even more the machine that it was originally designed as--a companion to business travellers. The Droid Pro's biggest drawback, it's rather shallow battery life, has been dealt with in spectacular fashion, leaving the XPRT with a healthy battery surplus.
The Motorola XPRT easily ranks in as a 'Good' smartphone for business level users. While RIM is slowly trying to make its return with the BlackBerry, signs are pointing to a possible slow death. For BlackBerry users looking to hop onto Android, the Motorola XPRT is a solid choice. Motorola did a great job making the XPRT a business oriented phone, with the small nuances such as the notification light, to the extremely helpful security features such as encryption and remote wiping.
It may not be a top end phone it's where top tier devices were 6-8 months ago
This here is what we'd call the business Android phone. While it may not be a top end phone it's where top tier devices were 6-8 months ago and will make any user happy. If you want a physical keyboard without having a large slider phone this is your device. If you are in it for browsing the web or gaming I'd highly suggest you look elsewhere but for the business minded this is perfect.
Good call quality and battery life
Overall, the Motorola XPRT is a good performer with good call quality and battery life. There is almost no background noise, callers sound natural and clear, and the speakerphone is definitely of high quality. The battery should last from 7 to 8 hours of continuous talk time, and about a solid day of mixed usage.
Fine design & construction
First and foremost, we're glad to see that the Motorola CLIQ 2 received some reasonably upgraded specs over its predecessor - like its high resolution display and 1GHz processor. Secondly, it's far better in terms of design and construction with its refined choice of materials. Additionally, we easily like that the keyboard has a decent look and feel to it over the original which adheres to the needs of messaging oriented users out there.
The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. The Cliq 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original Cliq with a superb keyboard and some very useful features, but if you take a lot of pictures with your phone, you'll be disappointed with the mediocre camera. 4G goes mainstream with the HTC EVO Shift, an inexpensive Android...
very good voice quality
The Motorola Cliq 2 is a pleasant surprise: we didn't expect much from the Cliq line, but the new Cliq 2 is in a league of its own with a large, high resolution multi-touch display, Android OS 2.2 and Froyo. If you're looking for a well-made QWERTY Android smartphone with fairly high end specs at a budget price, the Cliq 2 is a solid choice.
Overall the Motorola Cliq 2 ranks in as an 'Average' phone in today's highly competitive market. Motorola has been on a rampage launching some amazing smartphones but the Motorola Cliq 2 would not be considered a part of that machine. The Cliq 2 seems to be a break from the harder hitting smartphones, which could be why it's being released on T-Mobile's network. The Motorola Cliq 2 doesn't have access to T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+) network, which could have been a big differentiator for the phone.
Compared to its predecessor, the CLIQ 2 is a huge improvement. The display and build-quality are particular stand-outs, as is the performance from the 1GHz processor, and we prefer MOTOBLUR when it's not so all-encompassing. Unfortunately, it's still not the perfect smartphone: the QWERTY keyboard falls short of the usability you'd expect, and we prefer the board from the T-Mobile G2.
Multitude of entertainment and enterprise features
When the first Cliq launched, I was impressed by how accessible it made Android. It wasn't a super phone by any means and given today's standards for super smartphones, it is on par with a cheap feature phone. So now that Android is fully mainstream, Motorola had to make the next-gen Cliq accessible enough for the everyday user, but with the brawn to compete with other top notch phones out there.
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