HTC Eris: Meet the sexy sister to the Motorola Droid

If you know who Eris is, then strife and discord are the last things on your mind when you first take a long look at the second Android device from Verizon. The HTC Eris is smaller and lighter than the Motorola Droid, but offers the same range of basic functionality. We’ve had ours for over 24-hours now, here’s a brief overview, mini review, and pictures.

First off, starting Friday, you can get both the Motorola Droid and the HTC Eris at any one of the Verizon Wireless stores across the U.S. The Motorola will sell for $199.99 USD after a two year agreement and $100.00 USD rebate. The HTC Eris will sell for $99.99 USD after a two year agreement and $100.00 USD rebate. Both will require a Smartphone plan.

The Eris is smooth, and we mean that literally and figuratively. The case is solid, but much lighter than the Droid. The Eris is also a pure touch screen device so there is no QWERTY keyboard. Testing so far has earned the touch screen a solid score in our books, as we’ve not had the usual “fat finger” issues that we’ve experienced on other touch devices.

It came with an 8GB microSD card and plenty of applications loaded, but one of the first things we did was install Google Voice. With a few quick calls, the overall quality was as expected, clear with no static or tin can sounding feedback.

The display on the Eris, which is clean looking and bright, is actually a little smaller than what you get with the Droid, but considering the overall smaller size of the Eris, this is to be expected. The clarity of the Display, when surfing the Internet, is just fine, and with the tap-n-zoom feature, you can read just about anything online.

Since yesterday, we’ve used the Eris to browse the Web and download various applications. One of them was Pandora, which we used to test the sound quality of the Eris. Using just the phone itself, the sound quality was decent, but it’s a small speaker. Since there is a 3.5mm jack, a good set of headphones would serve you well.

Since we were streaming data, we wanted to test for lag and buffering, but so far the 3G has held up, and streaming audio or video (YouTube) poses no problem. However, we also used the Wi-Fi to play Pandora, and got the same quality.

There is a 5.0-megapixel camera, and as you can see below, it offers up decent images. (We found these four hanging out on the fence this morning.)



When it comes to the control of the Eris, the touch screen is not overly sensitive, but for menu navigation, the trackball helps. When it comes to space, there are six screens off the home screen to store widgets and links to applications.

Overall, the Eris earns its title of goddess, as it is a sleek and sexy version of the Motorola Droid. We’ll continue to test it and update you on our progress in the daily usage journal for the Eris, which we’ll start posting later today. In the meantime, if you have questions, leave us a comment.










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