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

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Motorola DROID, HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS: side by side
Both the HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS come with a 528MHz processor and with 512MB ROM / 288MB RAM, while the Motorola DROID is equipped with a slightly beefier 550MHz processor, though the RAM is less at 256MB.  Despite these differences, the Motorola DROID not only has the fastest boot time, but is also the quickest when opening programs, switching between them, and performing different tasks.

Call quality is about equal on all three smartphones, though voices did sound somewhat better on our end with the Motorola DROID, as it lacks the distinct background “hissss” that could be heard through the earpiece speaker on the HTC Imagio and DROID ERIS. Also, people that we called, who were using a landline, said our voice was clearer and less “hollow sounding” when we were talking to them using the Motorola DROID. The signal reception was the same across the board, with 3-4 bars of 3G EVDO and 2-3 bars of 1x showing in high-coverage areas, and no dropped calls while in use in south Florida. The Imagio stands along as the only one to support GSM Roaming while in other countries and has a preinstalled SIM card.

The HTC Imagio comes with the largest battery of the bunch, rated at 1500mAh, which was able to provide us up to 5.5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge. The Motorola DROID comes with a slightly smaller 1400mAh battery, but we were able to get almost 7 hours of talk time on it, though the 1300mAh battery on the HTC DROID ERIS got a measly 3.5 hours of talk time. Regardless of the device, while it is operating with mixed usage (talk, web, email, programs); you will only get about a full day before needing to recharge it.


All three smartphones are the newest for Verizon and have a wide variety of features, such as large touchscreens, updated user interfaces, connectivity, and multimedia capabilities. Because of this, there is no true winner here, as different types of consumers will gravitate to the device that closely matches their needs. The HTC Imagio is geared more to the business professional that is familiar with the Windows Mobile environment and needs a powerful smartphone for use with their job. The Motorola DROID is for the more advanced consumer, who has used smartphones before, but wants a device for more personal use. Finally, the HTC DROID ERIS is closely matched for the novice smartphone user, or someone who wants  ease-of-use and extra customization.

Currently, Verizon has the HTC Imagio and Motorola DROID priced equally at $199.99 after a $100 rebate with a 2-year contract, while the HTC DROID ERIS comes in at $99.99.

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


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)

im glad to have a droid

posted on 18 Dec 2009, 17:24

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

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 10:00

2. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)

Impressive! Personally I would go with the Imagio, only because of the Windows Mobile, I can open and edit in Word and Excel. :)

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:01

3. Fan_of_Fanboys (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2008)

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

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:20

4. LBCbbmobile (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 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.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 14:11

5. bagsofcole (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 May 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

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 14:19

6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 18:09

9. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 14:43

7. MarcMaiden (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 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.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 17:29

8. bagsofcole (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 May 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

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 20:44

10. bagsofcole (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 May 2009)

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

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 13:03

11. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 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 myphone.microsoft.com 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).

posted on 02 Dec 2009, 21:31

12. JDubbs115 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 23:19

13. briankeith513 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 13 Dec 2009, 08:54

14. drdave25 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2010, 12:58

16. IHeartVZW (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)

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

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