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Call quality was quite good on the HTC DROID ERIS, as voices sounded clear and natural on our end, but there was a slight “hissss” that could be heard in the background at all times during calls. When using the Motorola DROID, we did not experience this background noise. People that we called, that were using a land-line, said we sounded good on both devices, through we did sound more natural when using the Motorola, as the HTC was more “hollow” sounding. However, the speakerphone on the HTC DROID ERIS is a pleasant surprise, as it didn’t exhibit the crackling distortion at high volumes that we heard while using the Motorola DROID. Signal reception was nearly identical on both, as we had 2-3 bars of 1x and 3-4 bars of 3G showing in high-coverage areas and didn’t drop any calls while in use around south Florida.

For some reason the HTC DROID ERIS only comes with a 1300 mAh battery, while the HTC Hero comes with a 1500 mAh battery and the Motorola DROID is 1400 mAh. Because of this, the HTC DROID ERIS is rated to get up to 3.5 hours of talk time, but we were able to get 4 hours of continual talk time in our tests. Still, this is significantly less than the 6 hours and 45 minutes of talk time that we achieved with the Motorola DROID. When using the HTC DROID ERIS under normal mixed conditions (talk, web, emails, apps) we got roughly a day on a full charge, slightly less than the Motorola DROID. So be sure to plug it in to charge whenever you get a chance.


When everything is said and done, the HTC DROID ERIS is a worthy smartphone, as it has a lot of features packed into a slim and attractive device. The Sense UI makes it unique from the Motorola DROID, as it allows for more customizations, but the lower resolution display and lack of a physical keyboard may keep some from going to it. We feel that the HTC DROID ERIS is good for consumers who are new to the world of smartphones and want a more personalized and user-friendly experience. However, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, and have some extra cash to spend, then it might be worth giving the Motorola DROID a try.

HTC DROID ERIS Video Review:



  • Sense UI customizations
  • Device feels comfortable in the hand
  • Good call quality and signal reception
  • Produces nice looking photos


  • Display shows pixelation with text in the web browser
  • Lag when opening or changing between programs
  • Not as much talk time as the Motorola Droid
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. xcalibur (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 May 2009)

The passion or dragon whateva can't come soon enough, hopefully there is an android htc device with physical keyboard somewhere not far down the road.

posted on 17 Nov 2009, 13:07

2. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)

How can you make a negative that it doesn't compare to a different phone?? I'm calling shenanigans on this review. I'm sorry PhoneArena, but you shouldn't review one phone and compare it to a phone that it isn't meant to compare to.

posted on 18 Nov 2009, 06:49

4. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

How is it not meant to compare to the Eris. I know with me and my Hero I compared it plenty to the Moment (the other android device on Sprint)... Many people pick an OS they want then have to weight the pros and cons between the devices offering that OS or experience. Pretty soon the Eris is also supposed to have 2.0 according to HTC so then little differences like battery life do make a huge difference. Also, what other phone should they be comparing the talk time to. At least they picked another Verizon phone. They could have went and said "not as much talk time as a blackberry curve", which would be way out there since Blackberry is a completely different OS and not even a touch screen. I am surprised it only got an 8 when the Sprint Hero got a 9, but I do suppose dropping the battery size really does hurt the phone, and also that the Droid is available on Verizon as well.

posted on 17 Nov 2009, 13:23

3. jacksp (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)

The Eris is an amazing phone. I have it my wife has the Droid and I dont plan on changing. The Droid does have a bigger screen, but the phone is like carrying around a TV remote or something. The Eris slips right into my pocket. The Sense UI to me is better then whats on the Droid. It runs smooth. I use the Advance Task Killer, and use it throughout the day and it helps my battery.

posted on 19 Nov 2009, 18:17

5. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)

Motorola Droid with Open Home. Best. thing. ever.

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OS: Android 2.1 1.5
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm MSM7600, Single core, 528 MHz
0.3 GB RAM
Size4.45 x 2.19 x 0.51 inches
(113 x 56 x 13 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 3.56 hours talk time

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