Totally loving the A855 Droid. Checked the HTC, but it kinda felt like a toy to me. I think maybe it's the joy of having the QWERTY keyboard! That, and the fact that this Motorola feels like a real piece of gear...very solid.
For me the physical keyboard was a major requirement, too much trouble with certain activities (telnet/ssh sessions, etc.) on a virtual keyboard. It didn't help that the first time I heard that the Eris existed was when I walked up to the counter on launch day and had the salesman ask "which droid do you want?"
The HTC Eris has very comparable statistics and ratings to the Motorola Groid on cnet. you can look at them here:
HTC Eris: HTC Droid Eris (Verizon Wireless) Smartphone reviews - CNET Reviews
Motorola Droid: Motorola Droid (Verizon Wireless) Smartphone reviews - CNET Reviews
The HTC Eris actually currently has a higher average user rating than the Motorola Droid... and of course the 100 dollar price tag to most people makes a ton of difference. So don't knock it just because it doesn't have 2.0 and the specs on paper don't look as good (I'd still go with the Motorola though!).
Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.
I am not a fan of track balls on phones so I would have to pass on the HTC. I did play around with one at the Verizon store while I was waiting and it seemed slow to me?
I have a Droid, my daughter has an Eris. There are definite advantages to both. Many of the Droid advantages have already been mentioned: faster processor, higher res screen, QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.0, etc. However, some people (women?) feel the Droid is a bit big, heavy, and clunky. It's a matter of taste. What some people see as "solid, quality" others see as "clunky"... And while some may feel the trackball of the Eris is "unnecessary", it does make editing on the onscreen keyboard a snap. Anyway, I love my Droid and wouldn't want an Eris. My daughter loves her Eris and wouldn't want a Droid.
Choices. It's a good thing.
Agreed, I'm not usually one for stereotyping lol, but I bought the Eris for myself and the Moto for my husband and we are both very happy with the choices we made. The Moto is heavier, bulky, square...hence more masculine. I didn't need the full keyboard, and I am very happy with the virtual keyboard so far. Maybe because I am "learning" on the Eris too, but I find it much easier to navigate. My brother in law on the other hand likes my Eris better, and his hands are probably as big as my head, lol. But he also has owned a G1 too. They are both awesome phones.
lol...I am a pretty big guy and I LOVE my Eris! I really am new to smart phones and I sat in the verizon store for a long time playing with both phones. I originally wanted the Moto Droid because of the physical slide out QWERTY. But after using the virtual keyboard and you dont even have to spell the word right just get in the ball park and it fills it in for you. I think I can text even faster? I am not sure if they are the same as far as sleep modes go, but I LOVE using my phone as my alarm and it seems that once this phone is in sleep mode my alarm is non functioning....So far only complaint (other than shoter battery than I would like, but I have been using it ALOT because its a new toy).
I was checking out the Eris at a local Best Buy. Seems like an excellent alternative to the Droid. I really liked it. My sister is in the market for a smartphone and I told her to check it out. She sees how an Android phone runs from playing with my Droid, and now she's set on the HTC Eris.
Droids are taking over
Mike - Droid running stock 2.2