Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Even though all three smartphones come equipped with a 5MP camera, the ease of use and image quality varies between them. The HTC Imagio takes generally sharp images outside, while the DROID ERIS is not as sharp, through with both devices, the colors are a bit off and bright areas are highly overexposed and lose all detail. The Motorola DROID does somewhat better here, as images have finer detail than the HTC DROID ERIS, and also exhibit more accurate colors and are not over-exposed in bright areas. Unfortunately, all of them go downhill when taking pictures indoors and under low-light conditions, as more grain is shown and there’s a change of them looking blurry, but the Motorola DROID does have a dual-LED flash, which is quite bright, and has a decent range of about 12 feet. Video recording is also supported by all of them, but only the Motorola DROID is capable of recording at 720x480 resolution, which looks good even on a PC or when uploaded to YouTube.
For video playback, each device will support MP4 videos with H.264 encoding, though the Motorola DROID and HTC Imagio can play higher resolution videos because of the display, which obviously looks better. The Imagio also natively supports WMV and MP4/H.263 encoded videos, as well as DivX and XviD when you download and install the stand-alone player from the DivX web site. Furthermore, the Imagio is the only smartphone to stream live TV through Qualcomm’s FLOTV network, though there are only a handful of channels to view, and quality isn’t that great once the video is enlarged to fill the 3.6” screen.
Applications & Software:
Both the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DROID can download a wide variety of applications from the Android Market, almost anything that you can think of, including games, tools, productivity programs, even other E-Mail and messaging programs. One of our favorite downloads was the Google Sky Map, which uses the GPS and magnetometer to show where stars, planets and galaxies are in the sky. Both devices also come equipped with Google Maps, which displays your location based on GPS and can plot driving directions, but only the Motorola DROID has the free Google Maps Navigation program, which will show turn-by-turn directions while you are driving and provide audio prompts. VZ Navigator is included on the HTC Imagio, which does basically the same thing, but requires a monthly fee for usage. You can also download programs on the Imagio from the Windows Mobile Marketplace, but the selection is limited, and you have to pay for most of the apps.
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: 30; 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: 30; 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: 30; 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?