Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
All three smartphones offer different ways of interaction, some being more user friendly than others. The Imagio runs on the new Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system, but comes with HTC’s familiar TouchFLO 3D interface that takes the guess-work out of many tasks that normally can be daunting on a Windows Mobile device. The DROID ERIS uses the Android 1.5 OS, but HTC also adds their Sense UI interface, which is very similar to TouchFLO 3D in the way it simplifies things for the user, but is also very customizable with 7 home screens. The Motorola DROID runs on the latest Android 2.0 OS, but lacks any further “add-on” UI enhancements, such as MOTOBLUR, but still remains relatively easy to use, though it only has 3 home screens and isn’t as customizable as the DROID ERIS.
As expected, adding a contact is primarily done by saving them directly to the phone, but each device does allow for some syncing. With the HTC Imagio you are limited to sync contacts from Outlook or an Exchange server, while the HTC DROID ERIS can sync contacts from your Google account and Exchange server. This is also true on the Motorola DROID, but it adds syncing of Facebook contacts as well.
There are also differences with the calendars, but they all basically do the same thing. It starts off by showing the current month with day selected. From there you can add multiple events to each day. On the Imagio, you can sync and update the phone’s calendar with events from Outlook on your PC, while on the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DROID; you can update the phone’s calendar directly from your on-line Google account. Once again, it comes down to the consumer’s choice as to which device and method is best for them, though we feel that Google syncing is the easiest way.
For social networking, the HTC Imagio only allows you to link saved contacts to their Facebook profile. Then whenever that person has a change in status, it shows up on the phone, but clicking on it opens the Facebook page in the Opera browser, as the Imagio doesn’t come with its own Facebook application out of the box, but you can easily download it from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. On the HTC DROID ERIS you can also link contacts to their saved Facebook profile, but the device has its own Android-based Facebook app that opens up. The Motorola DROID is similar; except that you can actually import contacts from Facebook directly and then view them in the dedicated app. Google Talk and Peep (Twitter app) is also included on the HTC DROID ERIS, but only Google Talk comes with the Motorola DROID, though additional apps can be downloaded from the Android Market.
Because of the differences with the interface and operating systems between the devices, each one is targeted to a specific audience. The Imagio is more for the business professional who needs (or is required) to have a Windows Mobile device because of their job, mostly due to the integration and syncing of the phone to a Windows-based PC with Outlook and Exchange server. The HTC DROID ERIS is more for the casual consumer who has never owned a smartphone before and wants something easy to use, yet offers plenty of features and customization. While the Motorola DROID fits right in with consumers who are more familiar with smartphones and want a more powerful Android device.
15. swm4motoQ (unregistered)
im glad you're glad to have the droid... having a moto droid is not a right, its a priviledge. it is not something to be taken lightly. I remember when I first held ... nevermind this thread is too old. gomoto
2. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)
Impressive! Personally I would go with the Imagio, only because of the Windows Mobile, I can open and edit in Word and Excel. :)
3. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)
Documents to Go. Not quite as smooth but more than adequate. I use it on Word docs a lot.
4. LBCbbmobile (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)
well i actually have the Imagio. Its a nice phone but kinda slow. The placement of the arrow keys when text messaging in portrait or landscape mode is horrible. For example when im typing and i try to hit the space button i accidentally hit the left arrow button (which is rite underneath the spacebar) and then all of the sudden im typing in the middile of a word. Also the butttons on the keyboard in landscape mode are very small and hard to type on, pretty much useless. i enjoy the phone but im pretty sure im gonna switch to the droid. but the screen on the imagio is amazing when watching videos even from youtube. Probably the best ive ever seen. And the camera is amazing, especially when you can take panoramic shots. very cool feature. hope that helped anyone out.
5. bagsofcole (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2009)
I've had my droyd for about a week and it has reallygrown on me. I was sure I was going to trade it in for the passion/dragon, but I'm begining to see the advantages of a real keyboard(nesoid) even though its not the best designed keyboard out there. Android has so much out there to customize the phone and waste time with silly games. Sure the market isn't as vast as the app store, but with time it'll get there. What I need to know is how do iget the flippy-clock-weather widget that is on the droid in this coparo? Thanks...®y
6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
There is an app in the Android Market called BeautifulWidgets, but it cost about $1.50 to purchase. It has the Widget with the clock/date/weather.
9. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
also try out before you buy the following are free---- Weather Widget / Retro Clock / Retro Date
7. MarcMaiden (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)
I think the 3 phones are cool for their own reasons...which is good. I like it when you have options! seems like the Doid is the power house of the bunch, but hopefully, there will be an APP or update that allows droid users to have 7 home screen pages like the HTC Eris. That is the only thing that the Eris has that the Droid doesnt.
8. bagsofcole (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2009)
There is an app for that. Its about 90% stable but its so customizable it's worth it for now. It is gde home and its
10. bagsofcole (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2009)
OK, i couldnt take it any more, had to shut off gde, kept force closing itself...
11. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
IMAGIO/WINDOWS PHONES For easy use, and if you don't have an EAS (exchange active sync) service. You can use the free google exchange to do contacts and calendar wirelessly. You can also use microsoft MyPhone to edit your contacts and calendar online from myphone.microsoft.com so I think it is unfair to say that the Imagio lacks syncing capabilities. You can never have too much back-up. I use cable syncing with outlook, myphone back-up, and google EAS and they are all free (well if you already have outlook).
12. JDubbs115 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
Those are good points they forgot to mention. Adding on to that, the Imagio (and all Windows Phones for that matter) support contact syncing with Windows Live, so if you already have a Live/Hotmail account, all your contacts can be synced there. And the Imagio also supports facebook contact syncing as well, though I think it's just for caller ID pictures and status updates. Besides that minor omission, it think it's cool that Verizon can finally shed its reputation of not having any cool smartphones. And now the variety increases by 1, since the Omnia II came out today.
13. briankeith513 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Apr 2009)
Just wanted to mention, the guy who was talking in the video said that the Motorola Droid uses Moto Blur. This is false, and I'm surprised at this false info, given all of the web attention and advertisement of the Motorola Droid.
14. drdave25 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2007)
The Android and Eris are very sleek (albeit with modest learning curves, not as friendly as the iPhone) - but they won't sync with MAC computers either. Verizon is still the network to have. If I could sync contacts, calendars, photos (and iTunes) with our MACs I would definitely try the Eris or the Android.
16. IHeartVZW (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)
stupid question, but why do you say MAC? Is there a reason it's capitalized?