Droid Eris Review

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to upgrade my cell phone from a LG enV2 to a HTC Droid Eris. I’ve never before had a smartphone, let alone any internet capabilities. A lot of people have been asking me how I like it, so I decided to write a review of the phone (from what I’ve experienced so far).

As I said, in the past I used to own an enV2. I also have an iPod Touch that I use pretty regularly. I know that the iPod Touch is not an iPhone but because they have so many similarities I will use some comparisons.

First off, the Eris was free so that’s an awesome start. I’m on a family plan and my dad wanted to buy the Moto Droid, so we were able to use the “Double Your Droid” deal (he bought a Droid for regular price and I got the Eris for free). I would definitely recommend paying attention to these Verizon deals because sometimes they are amazing! Anyway, the Eris, with the new-every-2 is $100 less than the regular Droid. Yeah, over the course of a few years that one hundred bucks won’t really matter but it’s just a bonus for a poor, post-college student (and I wanted this phone anyway).

Second, I don’t know if you’ve seen the Moto Droid but it’s pretty hefty. I think that has something to do with the slide out keyboard which personally, I didn’t need or want. It might have some benefit, especially for people who aren’t used to using a touch screen, but I feel it’s unnecessary. Because I don’t like big, fat phones, I was definitely drawn to the Eris’ sleek, light design. I mean, the Droid advertises that “It isn’t pretty but it’s fast,” and I agree. The Eris on the other hand is pretty and cute, similar to many of HTC’s phones. All the goods and a little better packaging if you ask me! The Eris also has a little TrackBall similar to the Blackberry. Not a huge deal but it’s different, a bit useful, and you can set it up to light up when you get a text/notification.

The Moto Droid does have a bit better specs, as far as having Android 2.0 OS and flash on the camera while the Eris has the Android 1.5 OS and no flash. But from what I’ve heard, the Eris will be getting the 2.0 OS (or possibly even 2.1, like the Nexus One) within the next few weeks (speculated Jan. 20). From some of the research I’ve done, the reasoning behind having a 1.5 OS has something to do with the HTC Sense UI not quite syncing with 2.0 (which the UI is supposedly awesome) and that HTC is taking their time to make it work. Anyway, 2.0/2.1 should be up and running on the Eris soon anyway, so no big deal (the main difference from 1.5 and 2.0, or so I hear, is turn-by-turn Google navigation).

The Eris is completely customizable. Like the iPhone/iPod touch, it has sliding pages. There are only 7 pages but there is also a pop-up menu that has all the apps. Unlike the iPhone, you can decide how you want apps to look. You can make apps have little boxes, if that’s what you want — but many apps can be made bigger or shaped different based on what it is (like my Google Calendar can take up it’s own screen). Another difference from the iPhone/iPod Touch is that the Eris can run several apps simultaneously. Notifications (text messages, e-mails, Facebook updates, etc.) show up and scroll in the header, so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to read a message. So many different possibilities but for example, you can listen to Pandora while writing an e-mail and reading a text message.

One thing that compelled me to choose the Eris over a Blackberry was the Google integration. Overall, I wanted something easy, something that I could use to go online, update social media, and have apps. Both phones can do that. But I personally use Gmail, Google Calendar, and all those goods and the Eris is completely synced with these. I also liked the Eris design better than the Blackberrys that are currently on the market.

A few other quick things

  • It has a USB charger, so you can charge your phone on the computer. I guess this is the new, more common thing to happen to cell phones but it’s a big difference from my old phone.
  • It has a fun people shortcut so that you can easily text/call the people you talk to the most.
  • Information can be organized based on a person, so I can see everything that someone sent me and their info in one place.
  • I really could go on, but I don’t want to take all the fun and surprises out of getting a new phone. BUT, one more thing I like is the Google Search via voice recognition. Press a button, say “Taylor Swift” and it’ll search it for you on Google!

Hopefully that covered it. Any questions? Leave me a comment!

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10 Responses to Droid Eris Review

  1. Hey Nikki, glad to hear you’re liking your new Eris! Nice to see another Android fan out there. I picked up a Motorola CLIQ from T-Mobile a few months ago and have been pretty happy with it so far. It has a physical keyboard, which does make it a bit chunkier, but I am a big fan because I send lots of emails (way easier to crank out an email with one). I have been very disappointed by the lack of Android 2.0 (I’m still on 1.5 as well), but I hear it’s coming soon, so who knows.

    Overall great review! I hope you’re doing well.

  2. Good post on the Droid. I have a friend whose gone Driod and loves it. In April I’m upgrading to an iPhone.

  3. ninouye says:

    Tristan — Thanks for your comment! I am looking forward to getting the Android update. It’s January 2oth and still not here, so I guess the rumors were off. Hopefully, we’ll get the update sooner than later!

    Rodger — Thanks! What phone do you have now? I hear the iPhone 4G will have a lot more similar specs to the newer Droids (apps being able to run in the background, removable battery, and more). And perhaps opening up to different carriers? I think all of these upgrades will help boost the iPhone’s popularity and worth. Only time will tell!

  4. Angela Seits says:

    Niki, your review inspired me to try out the Droid Eris and I love it! It can do so much more than my old Blackberry and unlike my old phone, it’s fast, intuitive and great for multi-tasking. Thanks for the post!

    • ninouye says:

      Hi Angela! I hope you are still enjoying your Eris and I hope you are doing well! Thanks for your comment — I’m glad I helped inspire you.

  5. Sam says:

    I am actually posting this from my Eris. I love everything about it except for the keyboard. It may just be my massive fingers, but I have trouble with typing speed and accuracy. I love the predictive and fixing that it does though. Maybe its just me. Maybe its a lurking cirve. I don’t kbow. Hopefully I will get better at it and love it even more!

    • ninouye says:

      Hi Sam! I’ve heard similar stories — I actually inspired my boyfriend to get an Eris, and I know he has a little trouble typing. I also find that sometimes for me, I press too hard or too many times, and I end up spelling a mess of letters. Luckily the predictive text usually fixes it all, and I’ve noticed that I’ve definitely gotten better texting since the beginning. Thanks for your comment and I’m glad it’s working out for you!

  6. Dani says:

    I love the Eris– I’ve had mine for about a year now, as well, and I love it. My husband has a Blackberry– but even trying to call someone on his phone seems… lesser. I can’t imagine my life before my Eris! Thanks for being an advocate for one of the best phone on the market!

  7. Sarah says:

    I have had my Eris for about 1 1/2 now. I hate it. It’s SO SLOW. This problem started about a year after I got it. And, of course, my plan is 2 year renewal, soo…. I have to wait for an entire year before I get a different phone. A friend of mine also has the Droid Eris and they don’t like it either….

    • ninouye says:

      I agree. I loved it when I first got it, but I can barely use it now. It’s slow and doesn’t function correctly… I’m hopefully getting an iPhone 5 next week. If you’ve had your phone for that long, your plan may be up sooner than you think. I know that Verizon’s two-year plan isn’t actually a full two years. I got mine in January of last year, and I can get an upgrade tomorrow (1 year 10 months?). Look into it! Good luck.

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