Completely torn between the Droid and Eris
11-06-09 11:39 AM
- I plan on getting one of them come launch day, but after having a chance to play with both I really don't know which one I want.
The Droid is fast. Really fast. It also has a physical keyboard and Android 2.0. The screen on this thing is gold and easily the best I have seen put on a phone. Browsing the web looks like a home computer due to it being widescreen and is a very enjoyable experience.
However, it is one ugly phone (imo). The physical keyboard is sorta awkward because it is off center and the directional pad is useless. The camera is pretty meh for being 5.0 megapixels. It is also very heavy. The default android UI isn't very hot either and is rather bland looking. No multi-touch support.
The Eris isn't quite as fast (though don't get my wrong, as long as you have an app killer it is no slouch). It is using HTC's Sense UI which is beautiful. The form factor is much better on this one and it feels great in the hands. Multi-touch support means the "pinch zoom" gesture works for web browsing, which I feel works better than the Droids double tap. The Eris is also half the cost of the Droid at $99.99. The camera seems to work better on the Eris than on the Droid.
But, with the Eris I feel like we are getting last years hardware. The screen isn't nearly as sharp as the Droids and Web Browsing/Youtube videos don't look nearly as good. And while it isn't a slow phone by any means, The Droid runs circles around it.
So ultimately it comes down to Performance vs. Style. I was leaning more towards the Eris before I typed this (call me petty, but one factor was I don't like getting what everyone is getting, and most people will be picking up the Droid on Friday). After writing all the pros and cons down, though, I think I might be leaning more towards the Droid, but this is going to go back and forth like 30 times before I finally decide.11-05-09 01:53 PM
- 11-05-09 02:06 PM
Worst touchscreen phone on the market.11-05-09 02:13 PM
Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com11-05-09 02:14 PM
- The Droid does have multitouch. You can use it on photos ect, its just the browser that doesn't support it (yet). It will by Q1 2010 supposedly.
I personally love the specs on the droid, and what it represents. However, it is fugly. f@#$(*% ugly! Personally I'm going to wait for the next phones like the X10 and beyond and see what comes out. But the droid is a huge step in Android phones so I'm liking this.
Last edited by dtboos; 11-05-09 at 02:37 PM.11-05-09 02:34 PM
Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com11-05-09 03:34 PM
- 11-05-09 03:38 PM
I just came from a Verizon store and played with the storm2 and to be honest, I don't think they have improved on anything. It is faster, but the screen is not as good as mine (after sending it back 5 times and adjusting the screws myself, mind you) I like the click now. The 2 I used in Verizon felt really stiff to me and since the software is the same, it basically the same phone. If I don't get the Droid, I will just wait it out, but I think unless BB comes out with a slider or a clickless storm that this will be my last Blackberry
Last edited by citi; 11-05-09 at 05:21 PM.11-05-09 05:14 PM
- I think it comes down to how nice do the widgets look on the droid (we all know the sense UI looks very nice), and how quick and easy email and messaging is on either. We all have read so-so reviews on the droid keyboard and I think I read android 1.6 virtual keyboards are not the best. I dunno, need to play with both and hope the once just clicks with me.
I have a storm1 and like the basic, simple contacts list, messaging list and email list. Its set up simply and easy to use and efficient. I dont want composing a message to take a long time or to be hard to find.11-05-09 06:10 PM
- 11-05-09 06:40 PM
- I tried out both phones yesterday. Then I went home and read the FCC reports. What did it for me is that the Droid has a far stronger radio than the Eris (close to 25dbm peak conducted power output versus close to 23), and yet a lower SAR rating on CDMA 800. Clearly, Motorola are in another league when it comes to radio and antenna performance. So that's the clincher for me.
The other problem for me is that I found the Eris quite difficult to type on. The accelerometer is sluggish -- oddly so, since everything else about the phone is slick and fast -- and the virtual keyboard, especially in the portrait mode that is required for dealing with contact information, is simply too small for me to use my thumbs. The Droid, on the other hand, is the first touchscreen other than the BB Pearl mode on the Storm that I could type accurately on. I can't even deal with an iPhone without a barrage of typos.
It's a shame because, more than almost any other mobile I've ever played with, the Eris feels solid and tightly put together, comparing favorably not only with the HTC Imagio but also with the Blackberries and even the Droid. But if I can't get a call out and I can't type on it, it rather defeats the purpose of having a smartphone.
Also, I need the unified mailbox in Android 2.0. As I understand it, 2.0 will be a free upgrade on the Eris -- just as soon as HTC gets around to reskinning it with Sense UI.
If these caveats don't bother you, however, don't worry about Android 1.5 on speed; accelerometer aside, it's plenty smooth and it deals nicely with Google Maps; just not yet with the 2.0-only navigator.11-05-09 06:59 PM
- I'm coming from a Storm1 upgraded to 5.0:
I just came from a Verizon store and played with the storm2 and to be honest, I don't think they have improved on anything. It is faster, but the screen is not as good as mine (after sending it back 5 times and adjusting the screws myself, mind you) I like the click now. The 2 I used in Verizon felt really stiff to me and since the software is the same, it basically the same phone. If I don't get the Droid, I will just wait it out, but I think unless BB comes out with a slider or a clickless storm that this will be my last Blackberry11-05-09 07:04 PM
- Walmart in my area has a dummy Droid out for handling...and have to say, after holding it and opening and closing the keyboard, and inspecting the outside hardware, I am not liking it.
There was already a bit of silver showing through on the edges of the casing itself, as if the black was wearing off of the metal, revealing the silver metal underneath.
The keyboard seemed somewhat useless. The phone itself was heavy to hold and seemed very clunky.
Now granted, I did not get to try out the software...but, more and more I'm thinking I might like the Eris or something else that will come later. Maybe even the Samsung O2.
But, I can confidently say I will not be spending that much on the Droid. I'm glad I had the chance to see it before I ordered.11-05-09 07:05 PM
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