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HTC Surround hands-on (photos)

Available from AT&T this holiday season, the HTC Surround features slide-out surround-sound speakers. Intrigued? Check out CNET's hands-on photos.

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Bonnie Cha
Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.
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HTC Surround for AT&T

Along with the LG Quantum, the HTC Surround will be available this holiday season as part of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 line. The Surround carries a price tag of $199.99 with a two-year contract.
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Design

HTC has always made solid hardware, and the Surround is no exception. The phone features a 3.8-inch touch screen and has a slim profile while still feeling very solid in the hand.
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Surround-sound speakers

What's unique about the HTC Surround is that it features slide-out Yamaha speakers with surround sound. Though we were in a noisy room for the launch event, we could still hear music coming from the speakers. We'll have to wait till we get the phone in for testing to really judge the quality, however.
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Kickstand

On back of the speakers, there is a kickstand, so...
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Kickstand

...you can place the phone on a flat surface and enjoy music and video without having to hold it in your hand.
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AT&T U-verse Mobile

All three of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices will include U-Verse Mobile, an app that allows you to download and watch TV shows from your phone. The service, however, costs $9.99 per month.
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Bing Maps

Bing Maps is tightly integrated into Windows Phone 7. You can use voice search to find businesses close to your current location. It also offers aerial maps and turn-by-turn navigation.
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Internet Explorer 8

Windows Phone 7 brings a much improved mobile browsing experience with Internet Explorer 8. Though we found it rather slow during our technical preview, the Surround did a pretty decent job of loading CNET's full Web site.

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