Live images of the HTC DROID Eris and its Sense UI

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Live images of the HTC DROID Eris and its Sense UI
The recent announcement of the Motorola DROID didn’t make you forget about the HTC DROID Eris, right? We really hope it didn’t, since what we have now is a number of live images, revealing probably the second Android-based smartphone for Verizon. Just in case Motorola’s offering doesn’t suit your style (and you don’t feel like shelling out that $200), but still want to be a part of the Android experience, the HTC DROID Eris looks like a decent solution. When is it expected? November 6, of course, that’s not official yet. At what price? According to the rumors, it should cost $99 after rebate. Sounds good to us, even more when you throw that sweet Sense UI into the deal. Anyway, check out these not-that-high-res, but still quite intriguing photos.

HTC DROID Eris Preliminary Specifications

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The DROID Eris is said to be the second Verizon Android phone coming
The DROID Eris is said to be the second Verizon Android phone coming
The DROID Eris is said to be the second Verizon Android phone coming

The HTC DROID Eris's box


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30 Comments

1. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

im thinking about getting both the motodroid and eris.

2. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Seems a little redundandt unless you have 2 lines.

3. MikeG77

Posts: 425; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Honestly the Droid is OK. From a design standpoint they camera is OK, no customized UI and the kicker for me is the terrible keyboard. My only grip is that it could have had a flash but other then that i think youll be better served with the Eris.

7. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Yeah, the droids keyboard reminds me of an htc device from 5 years ago. Im suprised, almost everyone prefers the Eris over the Droid, I guess a good design trumps better hardware.

27. MikeG77

Posts: 425; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

oops i meant "the camera"! Yes sometimes good design is all you need to have a so called better device. Quemical its not even even 5 yrs more like 2 years lol.

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm happy verizon has two android phones to fit everyone's different needs. :-)

5. eddysson

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 23, 2009

Honestry I very very HAPPY too fanman

6. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

The Eris is more my style. I like the Sense Interface than the stock 2.0 interface (and yes I know there are other interfaces you can get for Android.)

8. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

I like the design of this phone over the Droid wish this one had a keyboard the keyboard on the droid broke my heart, I know people are saying just use the onscreen one but my thing is if i'm paying for something I wanna use every damn thing on it.

12. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

My thing is I'd prefer to have a thinner profile phone if I'm not gonna use the keyboard.

9. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

The Droid is a faster Android phones! I have already played with both of them and even though I swear by HTC, I think I will have to go with the Motorola Droid instead. The Processor is a lot faster and it will run Android 2.0!

10. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

how much lag is there on the HTC phone compared to the Droid?

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Ummm.... the processor is a whopping 22MGz faster... woopie! 550 to 528 is not a deal breaker for me. But honestly, the moto droid looks cool, but my fingers don't like physical keyboards... the Suretype [qw][er][ty] is waaaay easier to use for me and a lot faster for me as well, so the Eris is for me... But the reason VZW is releasing two at the same time is to satisfy a larger chunk of the market that wants android at the same time. Some prefer physical (my wife) and some prefer touch screen (me0. Either way it is a win win for everyone. But the larger, higher res screen is tempting... If only moto made a keyboard-less "DROID" that was thinner and call it the "droid" i may be swayed from my loyalty to HTC.

13. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Aren't these processors from different architectures? It clocks 5% faster but the real-world peformance is leaps and bounds better than that, especially with a dedicated GPU. That's not to say the Eris won't be fine, but the Moto Droid isn't even close in hardware to the Eris.

24. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wait so the Moto has a designated GPU or the HTC. I know HTC is big on graphics processors to run TouchFLO on the WinMo Phones and Sense UI is TouchFLO for droid. So are you saying the Moto Droid is better hardware or the Eris? Please respond someone who knows b/c I am interested.

14. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

I'm probably just going with the Eris as it's a more compact, sleek form that meets my needs. The fact that it's getting updated to 2.0 is a deal setter. I'd be inclined to wait for the HTC Passion but I seriously question whether it's something Verizon is even gonna get. Oh well.

15. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

mtotorola droid

16. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

HTC PPc6800..Sprint Mogul I think is what Mike G77 is thinking of..This phone looks too much like an HTC Hero..minus the chin

26. MikeG77

Posts: 425; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

LOL jrcrow79 i would agree with you on the 6800. I had 1 in 2008 before i got an Omnia and i could'nt stand the keyboard. At least it wasnt as cramped and didnt have that stupid directional pad.

17. rath

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 14, 2009

Both Droid and Droid Eris may match the iPhone on hardware but no match on Apple Apps 100,000+ and iTune sync.

18. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

the iphone is garbage man we dont need another iphonesucker like you on here

22. faster123

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

The whole iPhone thing isn't even an argument any more. With WinMo 6.5 and Android that can run on any manufacturer's hardware, there are already several phones 10 times more capable of well...everything. Oh and about iTunes- music playback has to stop so the phone can let you know you got a freaking text message. The Droid can run 10 or 20 apps at the same time without blinking an eye, and there are already thousands in the Android Market. I guess the sheep who buy iPhones are only capable of comprehending one app at a time.

23. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You are comparing apples to oranges to peaches to pears here... it is an entirely different phone. Don't insult the Android phones by comparing them to apple, windows, palm or RIM and all the different ways to rearrange the comparissons to (4+3+2+1 is 10 different ways). They all do similar things for different people with different needs. I personal prefer windows mobile (rebranded now as Windows Phone) but am tempted by android and Palm's WebOS. I don't care for RIM's blackberries at all, and I am a down right hater of apple waaaaay before PDAs were common and PDA phones existed. Like Doakie said in another topic, "Apple earned my hate." Subsequently, I will never own an iPhone, EVER! To each their own and be happy. If you have an apple computer, buy iTunes and sync with your apple mail, why not buy an iPhone? If you love Gmail, Google Maps, iGoogle, Google Docs, and the 1000 other intuitive and innovative Google products, by all means YOU NEED AN ANDROID PHONE! If you have a Hotmail/Live/MSN email, need to create/edit Microsoft Office Docs, and like Microsoft, BUY A WINDOWS PHONE! They all do great things, and like I said, I prefer windows.

28. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i thought the droid can only run 6 apps at a time??

29. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I can only run like...3. That's cool for me.

19. shaunieo

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

Anyone know if it will ship with 2.0 out of the box? Cuz that would sell me on it for sure. I like the droid's screen, but the thin and tacky keyboard interface doesn't make me very excited..............

20. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Android... lololololoLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLololOLOLOLOloLOlOLOlOLOLOLOlol

21. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

HTC needs to make a Touch Pro2-esque Android phone for verizon.

25. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

I agree TP2 like phone capacitive screen htc passion gut's with a camera flash stronger vibration cause htc phones are weak in that department, and android 2.0 i'm sold..... but then again we live in the real world and we probably won't see anything like that for some time.

30. Thieves Dont

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I recently switched from the G1 to an iPhone unlocked on T-Mobile. I really liked the G1, but the lack of efficient updates from Google made the phone feel really out dated. The g1 community really made that phone worth it. That combined with the SLUGGISH performance(the phone really lags bad), and the tiny internal memory made me switch over. I'm not a fanboy, but so far I prefer the iPhone. Until another phone comes along that tops what I like best, it will be my phone of choice for awhile. Not really interested in the Droid, but the Eris looks like an awesome phone. I've always been intrigued by the HTC Sense UI and REALLY wish a faster running European-model Hero would of came to the U.S. It might have made a difference in my purchase. I'm sick of hearing these brand-fan boys bashing other phones on the market, they all do GREAT things and it's all about PERSONAL PREFERENCE.

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