HTC Hero and HTC DROID ERIS: side by side

Interface and Software:

The two devices are literally the same in this regard.  They are both running HTC’s custom Sense UI atop Android 1.5.  Both devices will be getting an Android upgrade; Sprint has confirmed 2.1 is coming while Verizon has not committed to a version but stated it “will be upgraded to a newer Android operating system software in first quarter 2010.”  Both devices have noticeable lag at times, but the similarly spec’d Motorola DROID runs much quicker on Android 2.0.  We are hoping that the lag is due to 1.5 and not to Sense UI, so that the upgrade will make these two devices much speedier.  Giving us some hope is that the Samsung Moment, also on 1.5, has a significantly beefier processor (800MHz) than any of these three and still lags at times.



The only software difference between the two is the carrier-specific software.  Sprint includes their NFL and NASCAR apps, as well as SprintTV, Sprint Navigation and their visual voicemail service.  Verizon includes visual voicemail at a price, but users are left to third party applications for navigation.  They run identical media players and both have the same 5 megapixel auto-focus camera.



Both the HTC Hero and DROID ERIS use the Qualcomm MSM7200A processor at 528MHz with 288MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM.  They offer 3G cellular data over the carrier’s EVDO Rev. A networks and have Wi-Fi b/g support.  Bluetooth 2.0+EDR allows for local file transfer, and both use a miniUSB charging/data port instead of microUSB.


Performance:

Again, the phones performed pretty similar although the Hero came out slightly better all around.  On the HTC DROID ERIS callers rated us at an 8, saying that we sounded good overall and they had no issues hearing us, but we sounded slightly muffled.  To us they sounded pretty good, but a touch distant.  On the Hero they said there was a little more clarity and rated it an 8.25 because of that.  For us they were again just a touch clearer.  The test calls were placed back-to-back in a similar reception area for both carriers to eliminate as many variables as possible.  In fact, both phones were pulling an identical -89 dBm signal.  As noted earlier the Hero has an extra 200mAh in the battery, which is good for an extra half-hour of talk time.  Neither phone had stellar battery performance.  While we could usually get through a typical day any extra usage would prompt a mid-day recharge.


Conclusion:

Not unsurprisingly the HTC Hero and DROID ERIS came out pretty even with one another.  We preferred the design of the HTC DROID ERIS better, but the Hero comes out ahead on battery life and- by a hair- on phone performance.  The extra software is a positive in our eyes too, specifically Sprint Navigation.  What sets these phones apart the most is the price tag: $180 is a fair price to pay for the Hero, but at $79.99 the DROID ERIS is hands-down the best value in wireless right now.




HTC Hero CDMA and DROID ERIS: Side by Side Video Comparison:



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3 Comments

1. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

i think my hero looks way better then the eris

2. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

Keyword there is "Think" Thats a personal oppinion, not a fact.

3. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I like the look of Eris more myself.

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