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

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All three smartphones offer different ways of interaction, some being more user friendly than others. The Imagio runs on the new Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional operating system, but comes with HTC’s familiar TouchFLO 3D interface that takes the guess-work out of many tasks that normally can be daunting on a Windows Mobile device. The DROID ERIS uses the Android 1.5 OS, but HTC also adds their Sense UI interface, which is very similar to TouchFLO 3D in the way it simplifies things for the user, but is also very customizable with 7 home screens. The Motorola DROID runs on the latest Android 2.0 OS, but lacks any further “add-on” UI enhancements, such as MOTOBLUR, but still remains relatively easy to use, though it only has 3 home screens and isn’t as customizable as the DROID ERIS.

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

HTC Imagio

HTC DROID ERIS

Motorola DROID



As expected, adding a contact is primarily done by saving them directly to the phone, but each device does allow for some syncing. With the HTC Imagio you are limited to sync contacts from Outlook or an Exchange server, while the HTC DROID ERIS can sync contacts from your Google account and Exchange server. This is also true on the Motorola DROID, but it adds syncing of Facebook contacts as well.

Adding contacts on the Motorola DROID - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Adding contacts on the Motorola DROID - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

Adding contacts on the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Adding contacts on the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Adding contacts on the HTC Imagio - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Adding contacts on the HTC Imagio - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

The calendar of the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The calendar of the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side





There are also differences with the calendars, but they all basically do the same thing. It starts off by showing the current month with day selected. From there you can add multiple events to each day. On the Imagio, you can sync and update the phone’s calendar with events from Outlook on your PC, while on the HTC DROID ERIS and Motorola DROID; you can update the phone’s calendar directly from your on-line Google account. Once again, it comes down to the consumer’s choice as to which device and method is best for them, though we feel that Google syncing is the easiest way.




The calendar of the HTC Imagio - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The calendar of the HTC Imagio - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The calendar of the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The calendar of the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side


For social networking, the HTC Imagio only allows you to link saved contacts to their Facebook profile. Then whenever that person has a change in status, it shows up on the phone, but clicking on it opens the Facebook page in the Opera browser, as the Imagio doesn’t come with its own Facebook application out of the box, but you can easily download it from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. On the HTC DROID ERIS you can also link contacts to their saved Facebook profile, but the device has its own Android-based Facebook app that opens up. The Motorola DROID is similar; except that you can actually import contacts from Facebook directly and then view them in the dedicated app. Google Talk and Peep (Twitter app) is also included on the HTC DROID ERIS, but only Google Talk comes with the Motorola DROID, though additional apps can be downloaded from the Android Market.

The HTC Imagio only allows you to link saved contacts to their Facebook profile - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The HTC Imagio only allows you to link saved contacts to their Facebook profile - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
The HTC Imagio only allows you to link saved contacts to their Facebook profile - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

Syncing and social networkingon the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Syncing and social networkingon the HTC DROID ERIS - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side

Syncing and social networking on the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Syncing and social networking on the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Syncing and social networking on the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Syncing and social networking on the Motorola Droid - Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side


Because of the differences with the interface and operating systems between the devices, each one is targeted to a specific audience. The Imagio is more for the business professional who needs (or is required) to have a Windows Mobile device because of their job, mostly due to the integration and syncing of the phone to a Windows-based PC with Outlook and Exchange server. The HTC DROID ERIS is more for the casual consumer who has never owned a smartphone before and wants something easy to use, yet offers plenty of features and customization. While the Motorola DROID fits right in with consumers who are more familiar with smartphones and want a more powerful Android device.


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