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The HTC Droid Eris is the second Android-powered device announced to run on Verizon Wireless, after the Motorola Droid.

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Pros

WiFi

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5MP camera

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open Android OS

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microSDHC memory expansion

9 agree

affordable ($99 after rebate and with contract)

9 agree

3.5mm audio output

8 agree

HTC Hero-like trackball for navigation

8 agree

cellphone capabilities integrate with Google account

8 agree

Wide variety of apps, many free

8 agree

improved HTC keyboard is superior to the stock Android one

7 agree

multi-touch pinch to zoom functionality

7 agree

December 2009 firmware update fixes bugs, improves functionality - but still not Android 2.0

4 agree

HTC Sense equipped

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Great GPS reciever

1 agrees

Received Android 2.1 in mid May ('10), fixing numerous bugs, boosting it's performance, and to an extent expanding it's capabilities

1 agrees

Excellent build quality

1 agrees

Equipped with haptic feedback

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Trackball is used as an alert beacon (like the Hero)

1 agrees

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Google Navigator now available as of the Android 2.1 update

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Cons

mail in rebate, arghh!

7 agree

old ARM11 core at only 528MHz (stable platform but mediocre performance)

6 agree

only Android 1.5 at initial release (even the G1 is already updated to 1.6!)

6 agree

no physical QWERTY keyboard

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Battery life totally sucks, only lasts 4-6 hours generally.

2 agree

Battery cover has to be removed to access the micro sd card

1 agrees

small screen size

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Can only shoot video in landscape mode

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No camera flash

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Even after being upgraded to Android 2.1, it still lacks some of the OS features possessed in higher-end hardware

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The HTC Droid Eris is the second Android-powered device announced to run on Verizon Wireless, after the Motorola Droid. It is meant to be a more affordable, lower-end device priced at $99 after rebate and with a Verizon contract. Not all specifications are known at this point (October 2009), but it is known to feature dual-band CDMA (800/1900MHz) with EVDO Rev. A, a 5MP camera, and microSDHC flash memory expansion. It looks to be running Android 1.5 (Cupcake), although this might be updated even after its initial release. The processor is the same old ARM11 core at 528MHz already employed on the G1 (Dream), HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Motorola Cliq and Samsung i7500.

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Posthaus
05/09/2010 02:58

Verizon is finally going to give this phone Android 2.1 before it's EOL. That can only make it better phone that it is.

Wimberlyj1
02/24/2010 01:20

Love the apps and size, but the actual phone struggles badly, especially if you use the battery saver app.

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