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Review: HTC Surround with Windows Phone 7

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The Windows Phone 7 platform supports capacitive screens. No more styli, thank GOD!!! The HTC Surround's screen and user interface are amazingly responsive. We're talking nearly iPhone fast (which remains the fastest UI). The screen responds to every touch, flick, and swipe with no delay. I found it to be accurate, and never had to double press anything.

While we're talking about the display, lets be sure to mention the keyboard. WP7 has a fantastic built-in software QWERTY keyboard. Third-party keyboards aren't supported, but I hardly think you'll need one. The predictive software that Microsoft has developed for the WP7 platform is truly fantastic. It corrects as you go, offers suggestions when there are multiple possibilities, and learns without the need to manually add words to the dictionary.

The Surround, and all Windows Phone 7 devices, lack cut-and-paste. This is an odd omission out of the gate, but Microsoft assures that the functionality will be added to WP7 devices with a major system update planned for early 2011.

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