What’s in the box:
- USB Cable
- Power Adapter
I love the fact that the prongs in the power adapter fold into the unit. This is a really good design, and it is a shame the Droid did not do the same. Obviously not a make or break feature, but well thought out.
HTC loves their oddly shaped mini-USB port. Luckily a normal cable will fit, though the HTC cable won’t fit into a standard mini-USB port. It also comes with a headphone jack. Again, I am happy to see this becoming the norm.
To be fair, I am an HTC fan. I remember the jealousy I experienced when a colleague first showed off his HTC Touch phone. The styling on this phone is reminiscent of that. It feels solid, and had the rubberized finish of other HTC phones. I was never crazy about the G1’s design, but this is a step up.
Here is a stack with the G1 at the base, and the Droid and Eris on top.
It may not seem that slimmer in this picture, but it is. Add into it the soft curves and the Eris feels a lot smaller than the droid.
I like the inclusion of the Call and End Call buttons on the phone. I never was a huge fan of the trackball on my G1, but the one on the Eris seems to work better to me.
I really miss a dedicated camera button. This is the first Android phone I have used without one. When you launch the camera, pushing the trackball serves as the shutter. Not as smooth as the shutter button on my G1 and he Droid, and you lose the functionality of a long press on the shutter to open the camera in the first place.
I sometimes forget these are phones, with all the bells and whistles. Both this Droid Eris, and the Droid phone haa great call quality. I would give the edge to the Motorola Droid, but not by much.
The Eris ships with Android 1.5, but adds the Sense UI. I really like the Sense UI, and consider this close to a wash versus Android 2.0. I am also sure they are working to update the Sense UI for Android 2.0. As I mentioned in the previous post, this is the cost of the custom UIs, you are probably going to see a slight delay on the latest and greatest OS.
The Eris has the same processor speed as the G1, but with more memory and the UI, it feels noticeably faster than my G1.
This phone does not come with a physical keyboard. I expected this to be a big deal, I have grown to like the keyboard on my G1, and never enjoyed using the virtual keyboard on my wife’s iPod Touch. I was wrong. This keyboard is intelligently designed, and a joy to use. The key is to use a light touch. The screen is very responsive, and the harder you press the wider your contact is. Here is a comparison:
I really like the fact that the Eris keyboard has a button to close it (the bottom-left) and the quick access to settings (the gear icon next to it).
I highly recommend you look at the other postings in this series, but I really liked this phone. It is not an easy call between it and the Droid. I still feel comfortable with my comparison of the Droid Eris vs. Droid. Depending on your preferences, one of these two phones may be a clear winner. I still keep going back and forth, but my deep set geek traits leans slightly to the Motorola Droid. But last week it was to the Eris, so who knows what tomorrow will bring.