Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

Over the past few years, Verizon Wireless has been known for its limited smartphone line-up, as there was little choice available to consumers, and even less of a difference between devices. Recently, that has begun to change, as more innovative and user-friendly smartphone have emerged. Today we are going to take a look at 3 of the most recent devices, the HTC Imagio XV6975, Motorola DROID A855, and the HTC DROID ERIS.

Design &Form Factor:

Both the HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS  are constructed with black plastic throughout and have a soft-touch coating with sleek lines on the exterior, though the DROIS ERIS is the smaller of the two and is lighter in weight. Because of this, the DROID ERIS is the most comfortable while holding it in-hand, and is also the least conspicuous when placed in a pocket. Meanwhile, the Motorola DROID has a more solid feeling, thanks to its metal construction, which makes it the heaviest of the three devices. It too has the soft-touch coating on the back, but due to the square corners and extra weight, it can feel like a tank while holding it, or like a calculator in your pocket.

All three devices sport a touchscreen on the front, with the Motorola DROID’s being the largest at 3.7” with a resolution of 480x854. Up next is the HTC Imagio with a 3.6” 480x800 display, and then the HTC DROID ERIS with a smaller 3.2” 320x480 display. Both the Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS use capacitive touchscreen technology, which allows them to be quite responsive and sensitive to the touch, while the HTC Imagio uses resistive technology, which requires more pressure to get a response. Images and text also look the best on the Motorola DROID, not only because of the larger display, but because it has the highest resolution and is the only one to support 16 million colors. When testing the devices outside on a sunny day, the display on the Motorola DROID is the easiest to view, since it is the brightest, followed by the HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS.

All three smartphones are equipped with a 3.5mm headset jack, which comes in handy for listening to music. When connecting the device to a PC and when charging, both HTC phones use the larger miniUSB port, while the Motorola uses the smaller and more common microUSB port. All three also have a 5MP autofocus camera on the back, though the Motorola DROID is the only one to include a dual-LED flash. For extra data storage, both the Motorola DORID and HTC DROID ERIS come with a microSDHC memory card preinstalled (16GB and 8GB respectfully).

Since the Motorola DROID is the only device to come with a sliding physical QWERTY keyboard, it will appeal more to the hardcore user that types a lot of messages, though all three devices offer on-screen keyboards as well. Despite this, the on-screen keyboard offered by the Motorola DROID is the largest and easiest to use out of the bunch.



14. drdave25

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 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: Jun 29, 2009

stupid question, but why do you say MAC? Is there a reason it's capitalized?

13. briankeith513

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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 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: Dec 02, 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.

7. MarcMaiden

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 24, 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: May 19, 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: May 19, 2009

OK, i couldnt take it any more, had to shut off gde, kept force closing itself...

5. bagsofcole

Posts: 30; Member since: May 19, 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: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 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: Oct 26, 2009

also try out before you buy the following are free---- Weather Widget / Retro Clock / Retro Date

4. LBCbbmobile

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

2. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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: Nov 13, 2008

Documents to Go. Not quite as smooth but more than adequate. I use it on Word docs a lot.

1. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

im glad to have a droid

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

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