Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
There are more similarities than differences with it comes to messaging options on the three smartphones, as all are capable of sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. On the HTC Imagio this is done with the Messaging program that is part of the TouchFLO 3D interface, while the DROID ERIS has its own program as part of the Sense UI interface. Only the Motorola DROID uses the stock Android app, though threaded messaging is supported by all of them.
E-Mails are done in a similar fashion, as once again the Imagio and DROID ERIS have their own personalized HTC apps, while the Motorola DROID uses the stock Android program. All of them support POP and IMAP accounts, as well as Exchange servers, but only the two Android devices come with a specific program for GMail support. On the Imagio it lists all your E-mail accounts on the right side of the screen, where you can select the one you want and view part of the messages on the same screen, or go directly to the inbox where all the messages are listed. With the HTC DROID ERIS there is an E-Mail widget that will show your mail directly on the desktop that you can flick through and select a specific one to read; though you can go directly into the normal Mail program where messages are listed. On the Motorola DROID, however, it displays all the accounts in a list. If you click on one directly, it takes you to the inbox for that account, but if you click on the folder icon, you can choose to view any items in the draft, outbox, sent and trash folders.
composing a message (MMS, SMS, and E-Mail) you have several keyboard options. The on-screen QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola DROID is the largest of the three smartphones. In addition, only the Motorola DROID comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under the display. Its layout isn’t the best we’ve seen, as the keys are quite small, there’s no spacing between them, and they are perfectly flat, though they do provide a nice “click” and feedback when pressed. Regardless of which keyboard you prefer, either on-screen or physical, we feel that the Motorola DROID is the easiest to use here.
The HTC Imagio comes with Internet Explorer and Opera Mobile, with the latter being the default, while the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DROID use the WebKit based Android browser. All of them show web pages in proper format and as they would appear on a PC, though only the DROID ERIS has limited Flash Lite support. We tested all three devices by loading the main PhoneArena.com page while in a EVDO Rev. A coverage area, with the HTC Imagio taking 50 seconds to completely load using Opera Mobile, the HTC DROID ERIS finishing in 35 seconds, and the Motorola DROID in 28 seconds. We tested other web sites, and the Imagio was continually the slowest in loading, while the Motorola DROID was the fastest. However, once we changed to Wi-Fi, they were all nearly the same speed, with only a few seconds between them.
Panning around web pages can be a chore when using the Imagio, regardless of the browser, as pages are slow to move around on the screen and often times show gray squares while images are loaded from the cache. The HTC DROID ERIS is better, as pages move faster, but there is still some delay. The best experience was when using the Motorola DROID, as pages can move around incredibly fast and with great ease. All three smartphones support double-tap zooming, with the HTC Imagio also having a dedicated zoom bar on the side, but only the HTC DROID ERIS currently supports multi-touch pinch zooming of web pages. Both the Motorola DROID and HTC Imagio have higher resolution screens, which make text more readable when pages are zoomed out.
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: 238; 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?