HTC DROID ERIS Review
The HTC DROID ERIS has many messaging options. SMS and MMS are encompassed within the messaging app, and conversations are threaded. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an included IM client for AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger, but several can be downloaded via the Android Market, and Google Talk has its own standalone app.
GMail is of course the preferred email solution, but the DROID ERIS will support nearly all IMAP and POP clients, as well as Exchange servers. Like Google Talk, GMail has its own standalone app, but all other emails, including additional GMail accounts, are checked via the Mail app. The GMail app is very nice, and replicates the web experience well, but does not support syncing to more than 1 GMail account. For that, you have to use the standard Mail App.
GMail is the preferred email solution, but the DROID ERIS will support nearly all IMAP and POP clients, as well as Exchange servers.
We found the same three virtual keyboards on the HTC DROID ERIS as on the Hero, which originated from the HTC Diamond. The QWERTY keyboard is, as you would expect, a full QWERTY. The compact QWERTY is similar to BlackBerry’s SureType keyboard, and the Phone Keypad is a T9 keypad. No matter which keyboard you choose while in portrait mode, rotating the DROID ERIS to landscape mode brings up a full QWERTY. As we mentioned earlier there is a bit of lag for this transition however. We didn’t have any problems using them for typing, but were most comfortable using the landscape QWERTY, as it has the largest keys. We also like that it has word prediction, so as you are typing, it predicts what the word will be, allowing you to select it from a list, instead of typing out the entire word. There is a bit of a size difference, as you would expect, between the on-screen landscape QWERTY used by the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DROID. Not only that, but the DROID also sports a sliding physical keyboard; something not found on the DROID ERIS, which is a clear advantage when typing longer messages and email.
The HTC DROID ERIS is a dual-band CDMA (800/1900 MHz) handset with high speed data connectivity available through 3G EVDO Rev. A or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. It would have been nice if it were a world phone, working on GSM networks alongside CDMA, but this was not expected. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR is supported with profiles for headset, hands-free, stereo audio, and phonebook access.
The browser is WebKit based and displays web sites in similar form and fashion as the Motorola DROID, except for a few differences. First off, the web browser on the HTC DROID ERIS supports pinch-and-zoom and double-tap zoom, where as the Motorola DROID only supports zooming by double-tap, or by using the on-screen zoom icons. Second, the DROID ERIS comes with Flash Lite 3.7.1, which allows some limited Flash support, while the Motorola DROID currently does not (though an update is expected in H1 2010). We tested this with the www.HTC.com/US site and it worked fine with the DROID ERIS, though several other sites with Flash-based video would not load or was choppy. Furthermore, embedded YouTube videos in web pages will not play, but instead are loaded in a separate HTC media player. Our only complaint about using the browser on the DROID ERIS isn’t really about the browser, but has to do with the screen’s resolution. Since it has a lower resolution than the Motorola DROID, you are constantly having to zoom-in so that text can be legible. This may not be a concern for some, but people who will be using the browser a lot will be more pleased with the higher resolution display on the Motorola DROID.
Content syncing can be achieved in one of three ways. The easiest solution is to simply use your GMail account, which will back up and sync your contacts and calendar. Users can also opt for Outlook sync via the HTC Sync software (similar to ActiveSync) or by connecting to an Exchange server.
1. xcalibur (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 May 2009)
The passion or dragon whateva can't come soon enough, hopefully there is an android htc device with physical keyboard somewhere not far down the road.
2. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)
How can you make a negative that it doesn't compare to a different phone?? I'm calling shenanigans on this review. I'm sorry PhoneArena, but you shouldn't review one phone and compare it to a phone that it isn't meant to compare to.
4. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
How is it not meant to compare to the Eris. I know with me and my Hero I compared it plenty to the Moment (the other android device on Sprint)... Many people pick an OS they want then have to weight the pros and cons between the devices offering that OS or experience. Pretty soon the Eris is also supposed to have 2.0 according to HTC so then little differences like battery life do make a huge difference. Also, what other phone should they be comparing the talk time to. At least they picked another Verizon phone. They could have went and said "not as much talk time as a blackberry curve", which would be way out there since Blackberry is a completely different OS and not even a touch screen. I am surprised it only got an 8 when the Sprint Hero got a 9, but I do suppose dropping the battery size really does hurt the phone, and also that the Droid is available on Verizon as well.
3. jacksp (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)
The Eris is an amazing phone. I have it my wife has the Droid and I dont plan on changing. The Droid does have a bigger screen, but the phone is like carrying around a TV remote or something. The Eris slips right into my pocket. The Sense UI to me is better then whats on the Droid. It runs smooth. I use the Advance Task Killer, and use it throughout the day and it helps my battery.
5. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Motorola Droid with Open Home. Best. thing. ever.