Verizon introduces its second Android, the HTC DROID ERIS

Verizon introduces its second Android, the HTC DROID ERIS
It is now official that Verizon has collaborated with HTC for the development of the second Android phone to run on its network. Just as it was rumored, Big Red has announced that the Sense-powered HTC DROID ERIS will be available, starting tomorrow with a price tag of $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The HTC DROID ERIS will be a great alternative to those Verizon customers who would gladly get themselves an Android phone, but would rather bypass the stock interface of the operating system. Its main selling point (in addition to the more affordable price) is the manufacturer’s Sense interface, which offers some nice integration with Facebook and Flickr. Users will be able to do stuff like link their contacts with their respective Facebook profiles and view Facebook and Flickr galleries directly from the phone’s built-in application. To learn more about the Sense UI, check out our review of the HTC Hero for Sprint.

As for its hardware goodies, the HTC DROID ERIS will sport a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5MP camera, microSD slot (comes with a pre-installed 8GB card), 3.5mm jack and Wi-Fi.

Expect our hands-on with the HTC DROID ERIS soon!

source: Verizon

Verizon introduces its second Android, the HTC DROID ERIS
Verizon introduces its second Android, the HTC DROID ERIS


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18 Comments

1. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I hope this isn't supposed to compete against sprints hero... Hero looks better and has cheaper plans. No reason to go eris over hero. Unless your that much of a vzw fan.

2. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

the eris is cheaper that the Hero.

3. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

yeah, the Eris is cheaper the Verizon's network is better and it covers more area. I just hope the Eris will get the 2.0 upgrade when it comes out.

4. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Sorry, I mean... "the Eris is cheaper and Verizon's network is better"

7. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

another plus is the Eris comes with a 8gb mem card the Hero comes with a 2gb card

14. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

The Eris looks better, is cheaper, and if you're on a family plan, Verizon is cheaper than Sprint.

5. vnewton09

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 09, 2009

In my opinion the Eris looks WAY better then Sprint's Hero. Verizon has a better network and the phone does the same exact thing that the Hero does you just get it @ a lower price (More 4 your money). That's a WIN, WIN 4 me personally. In the long run you come out better getting the phone from VERIZON!!!

6. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

PhoneArena, a correction needs to be made. the Eris is $99.99 after $100 rebate, not $50.

8. wishbone

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

For a company and network like Verizon whos so confident in there product and service, it sure seems odd that they would strap people to a $350.00 early buy out. Are they just not so sure about there new smartphone lineup?

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It's because kids would sign up for service, take advantage of that contract deal, especially those bogos, short after, sell the phone close to retail price, pay the old EFT, and pocket the rest of the money they 'earned' , which would be a pretty killer amount if they did that whole bogo thing w/ VZW. Wireless carriers shaft us, but they don't like to get shafted, so VZW, as a wireless carrier, raised its EFT because they were getting shafted...

10. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

The reason why they upped the ETF to $350 is because people were buying 2 phones for the price of one, for example when they had the 2 for one sale on the blackberry storm. Then they would cancel the second line and sale the free blackberry on ebay or something and Verizon would lose big on those sales. It makes sense that they would want to prevent people from taking advantage of those kind of promotions.

11. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

LOL...ya what artz1986 said..We posted our comments about the same time. I just didn't realize you had posted until i posted my comment and my screen refreshed.

15. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Yeah, with the Verizon network, I don't care what the ETF is because I'm not leaving. The only ones that should be complaining about this are the scammers.

17. wishbone

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

2 years is bad enough,,,,,good luck getting 3, especially for a second rate smartphone

12. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

btw, D. Eris looks 1000x better than Sprint's Hero. At least there's no crappy fake metal on this, it's simple and to the point. Sprint's Hero looked like they tried too hard to make it look stylish...

13. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I think this is a DAMN good looking phone! Style wise I prefer this much more to the Moto Droid. Sucks it doesn't come preloaded with @ 2.0, but I'm sure an upgrade will be imminent. Not to mention the price point is FAR better than what VZWs asking for the Droid. Not a huge fan of physical keyboards on touchscreen devices, but only time will tell. I def have to play with both these devices to make my final decision.

16. homemadehitshow

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

The $350 buyout is because people keep jumping to the latest and greatest smartphone, simply buying out their old deal and getting a new discount on a new phone this is a deterrent. I guess this will require a data plan ?

18. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

If anyone thinks the Sprint Hero looks better than the Verizon one your on drugs.

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