HTC Surround Smartphone Review & Giveaway!

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Windows Phones are a great idea for a gift this Father’s Day! They offer several advantages over other smartphones including being connected to Zune and Xbox LIVE as well as a simple to navigate interface and integrated Office Mobile tools! Xbox LIVE let’s dad relax and get his game on while playing fun titles like Need for Speed or Guitar Hero 5! Then dad can pull up his favorite tunes with Zune or get a Zune Pass subscription and stream unlimited music ever month for the price of just one CD. Then, for those days he needs to stay connected with work on-the-go he dad can create Excel, Word, and other Office documents right from his phone! He will love customizing his start screen that allows you to pin your favorite and most important apps, webpages, email accounts and more to be able to access them quickly!

HTC Surround

I received this HTC Surround Phone for review. It runs off the Windows 7 operating system which I love the layout of. This particular phone has some difference from the Samsung Focus I previously reviewed. It slides out about a half an inch revealing a high quality speaker and a kick stand. This lets you enjoy movies, music and more with really nice sound quality and hands free. I wondered if it really make that much of a difference so I started some music on the phone and listened for minute, then slid the phone open and was amazed at how much better the sound quality was! I can see the kick stand really coming in handy as well! Having used the Windows platform for a couple of months now I have to say I still think it has such a great layout with being able to move the items you want right to your homepage display and rearrange as needed. Everything feels simple to access which helps save time and keep you organized!

Windows 7 has some great apps in their marketplace available that will make this phone a great gift for dad. Some of these great apps include BigOven that is a recipe search for the cook in your life, Easy New York Times app that lets you browse The New York Times by categories including World, US, Sports, Politics, and other quickly and easily. You could also grab some apps for a Sports fanatic dad including ESPN ScoreCenter that lets you quickly browse scores for multiple sports and teams or ESPN Radio to listen to live games! Or maybe the man in your life loves Golf and could use a handy app like FreeCaddie to track your distance and courses. Fit4Life can help dad keep in shape by tracking his weight and goals for weight loss while Level ++ can help the handyman as a portable level!

Right now AT&T is offering your choice of 4 different Windows Phones for FREE with a 2-year contract. A data plan is required with the phones. HTC Surround and Samsung Focus are both included in the choices.

Win It!

One A Mom’s Take readers will win
a Windows Phone and 30-days Unlimited Use!!
*Phone is free to keep. Usage plan will expire after 30 days and can be renewed on a pre-paid basis or added to a cell phone plan*

Ends 6/23/11 at 9PM ET. Open to US Only.


Disclosure: I received a HTC Surround Smartphone for free in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site. Thank you to the sponsor for allowing me to review their products!

About Janel

Hi, I'm Janel! I'm the owner and lead blogger here at A Mom's Take. I have five little boys age 8 and under. I am a Phoenix based mom blogger and love the sun. I love to travel and have been known for planning trips specifically to hit the roller coasters! I enjoy digital scrapbook and design and I'm obsessed with board games.


HTC Surround Smartphone Review & Giveaway! — 515 Comments

  1. Love that you can use it for programs like Word & Excel. This is like a PDA and phone all at once!