Enterprise Mobility: HTC Surround Borrows from Google Nexus One: iFixit Teardown

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-01-12 Print this article Print
HTC Surround Borrows from Google Nexus One: iFixit Teardown

HTC Surround Borrows from Google Nexus One: iFixit Teardown

by Michelle Maisto
When the folks at repair site iFixit took a look inside the Windows Phone 7, running HTC Surround smartphone, they found a whole lot that reminded them of the HTC-made Google Nexus One. The phones share their motherboard design, as well as basically all the chips on it, and both phones address noise cancellation the same way. However, unique to the Surround, the iFixit team found, was a 16GB SanDisk microSD card—buried deep in the phone below some silver tape and two warning stickers—acting as the phone's "internal memory." The media-driven phone has a hearty sliding mechanism for its speaker grille, and while tough to repair—earning it just a 5 on iFixit's 10-point scale—Miroslav Djuric, iFixit's director of technical communication, called it a "very solid, capable phone that will undoubtedly please its users."
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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