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Trade Droid for Eris?

Discussion in 'HTC Droid Eris' started by noles200, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. noles200
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    I posed this in the Droid forum and thought I'd post here to get the thoughts from those of you using the Eris. Love to hear your comments.

    OK, so I've had the Droid for almost a month and my son is slowly convincing me to switch to the Eris, especially since it will most likely get 2.0/2.1 updated in the next few months.

    Here's why:
    Can still get Exchange Email
    Better Keyboard
    Apps work the same
    I don't use the physical keyboard
    Call/End buttons for ease of use (I made a call to my home today and exited out of the phone, couldn't get back in, VM picked up and I just couldn't hang up the thing - really annoyed me. Sure there is a simple way that maybe someone here can give me to hang up when exiting out of phone but a simple call end button is nice).
    Pinch Zoom (used to that from iPod Touch)
    Sense UI

    Some more I didn't add so this isn't too long.

    Of course, on the flip side I said to him:
    Love Navigation - his answer - it's coming w/in a few months
    Love the bigger screen - his answer - but you wanted something thinner and lighter so you have to go with smaller screen if that's more important
    Like the screen resolution - his answer - dad, you're old so can you REALLY see a HUGE difference - that was pretty funny answer.
    Will the exchange mail work as good - his answer - why wouldn't it.

    Again, probably more but just don't want this to be too long.

    So, is it worth it to save $100? Is anyone else feeling the same way?

    BTW, what is the processor on the Eris? It can't be as fast as the Droid, right?

    Thanks for weighing in all.

    Now we are an Apple family and I can say that if Google keeps things up I don't think I'd every lust for an iPhone again.
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    First of all, I'd like to ask why your son is so adamant in trying to switch you to a Eris? There has to be a reason... Does he want the BOGO (buy one get one free) deal with the Eris, because I've read reports that you can still take advantage of this offer with the droid. Buy a droid get an Eris free. lol ;) I'm a son too and I try to get things... lol

    My responses are below your bold-ed points (Just as a disclaimer I am a droid owner so I might be biased but I tried hard to keep it even lol):

    Eris= Nice HTC sense UI (but memory/resource intensive), better form factor, smaller screen, slower processor.

    Droid= Stock android 2.0 UI (not as pretty but atleast it doesn't take any extra remory and resources and there are apps to make the experience better), blocky form factor but feels "solidly built", Bigger Crisp screen, faster processor.

    I think the first thing to think about is if your really unsure maybe you should go have another look at the Eris, from reading your post it seems like Eris might be a better fit for you. But from my experience I tried the Eris and to me it just didn't feel right. It was cluttered kinda laggy. Then I tried the droid and knew it was the one for me. So definitely go back to the store, and see if you get that "this is the one for me" moment lol Of course (as a fellow droid user) it's also better to have more on the team! ;)

    Please do tell what you end up doing! There both great phones, so either way I don't think you'll make a bad decision lol.
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    Seems a matter of personal preference. What I love about the android OS is that someone right now is probably working up an app to solve whatever problems I may have (ahem, no speeddial and crappy music players...) I'm also loving the droid, so obviously I'm biased.

    That being said, I think you and your son's preferences are pretty clear. Best case scenario? See if you can take advantage of the BOGO offer to get him an eris alongside your droid. :)

    And yeah, from what I understand, droid has the faster processor.
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    I did trade the Droid for the Eris. I found the Droid too large, both keyboards uncomfortable to use and overall I was not "feeling the love". I really like the Eris's size, design, functions and onscreen keyboard. I am happy to wait for the updates and 2.0, trusting that they will fix some signal weakness and battery life issues. I don't mind a slower processor. I'm glad I made the switch... got a refund for the difference too! :)
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    JonKyu thanks for your insight. Greatly appreciated. First off, I don't think 40 is old! My 15 year old might but I don't - LMAO - Ok, maybe it's a little old. Next, all your points are dead on. Just like anything else I've ever purchased, there is no one perfect device and I understand that. I also get that next month there will be something better (being an Apple guy I am all to familiar with this!) I guess I want a combination of the two. :) His reasons - hmmm, I think he's in HS, loves to debate and is pretty frugal (for his own reasons though - "Dad, you can save $100 and that's almost 2 new XBOX games for me." - :) ) Great kid.

    Shade - I too love the fact that "there's an app for that" either out already or probably coming out soon to fix minor issues.

    lowtech - nice to hear you switched and are enjoying the Eris. You said there is "signal weakness." I guess it's not too much of a concern for you but has it been bad? Dropped calls and such? I've got to say the signal on the Droid in my area has been stellar. Do you notice a difference with the slower processor? I guess that's my major concern. As I add apps and such, will this get bogged. Also, wonder what the software update will do with regards to the slower processor. One thing I know for sure, never going back to BB! Sorry RIM.


    For those of you wondering, I called yesterday morning and have an Eris in the mail for him as part of the BOGO (no charge, no rebate, no nothing - great deal) so if you bought an Android phone prior to this weekend I can tell you for sure you can get the BOGO. It's a great Christmas present for any thinking about it as long as you can afford to pay the extra data plan every month (be sure to check and see if your company has an agreement with VZW. I get a 22% discount so the data plan is only $23.40/mo).
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    "lowtech - nice to hear you switched and are enjoying the Eris. You said there is "signal weakness." I guess it's not too much of a concern for you but has it been bad? Dropped calls and such? I've got to say the signal on the Droid in my area has been stellar. Do you notice a difference with the slower processor? I guess that's my major concern. As I add apps and such, will this get bogged. Also, wonder what the software update will do with regards to the slower processor. One thing I know for sure, never going back to BB! Sorry RIM."

    Yes, I have had some dropped calls, and difficulty calling out in some places. I am hoping this will be corrected by updates, new version, etc. It is not unusable, but is can be annoying. My Treo had no such issues, so I am spoiled... but I do love the Eris, so I am staying positive about the future of the phone.
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    droid to eris

    I just switched to the ERIS from my DROID I purchased release day..... not one single regret....the DROID has a 550mhz processor vs 528 on the ERIS I have well over 50 apps, 683 songs and 5 full length movies..... I have very very minimal lag when running more then 6 apps at a time.... my emails, Facebook, and the HTC weather as well as weatherbug elite, callfilter, screeble, shakeit, advanced task manager on auto kill and lookout mobile security either running full time or updating at 15-30 mins between updates with no issues. My battery on average lasts a day and half. The keyboard Is a ton better. I do miss the flash on my camera, and can't wait for 2.0 and Google nav. But all in all. I like the design, size, and sense UI of the ERIS more... very happy with my decision.
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    rcklss1 how did you put the movies on to your eris? what program you use to change the size or you just take it stright fromt he computer to the memery stick? what app you using to run the video? thanx
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    Either way you go, you can't go wrong. They are perhaps the 2 best Android phones, period.

    Eris is definitely more user friendly with SenseUI and its soft keyboard is certainly better. But there's no doubting the performance increase on the Droid, and for some the physical keyboard is a must. The droid also has a much better screen, considering size, resolution, and quality.

    If you simply prefer the Eris experience, then why not? I actually talked my girlfriend and mother into getting an Eris because I feel the bare-bones experience of the Droid would be overwhelming for them. They love their Eris', and I must admit, they are great pieces of hardware. Having said that, I would not want to replace my Droid for one.
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    OK, I made the switch to the ERIS. I've had it two full days now.

    Some observations:

    Overall a little more lag than the Droid (but nothing that is terrible and very easy to live with since I came from BB).
    The battery life on this is really inferior to the Droid. rcklss1, I don't know how you're getting 36 hours out of your battery. I can't even get 10 to 12 hours out of it. I am working on "training" the battery and have now discharged twice. I'm hoping it helps but this is a real downer. Could be enough to go back.....unless I can find a cheap battery somewhere.
    SenseUI is as good as it gets. Blows the Droid away. I also have GDE and like Sense better.
    Screen resolution is perfectly acceptable. No question the Droid is sweet but this is just fine.
    Haven't missed the flash on the camera at all because I don't use the camera that much.
    Exchange email is actually cooler on this. I love how you can have the widget that just lets you flick up or down to get quick looks at emails without opening them.
    Love the size and weight of this. Big issue for me was the weight of the Droid. The Eris is so light. Can't even tell it's in my shirt pocket. Also feels good in hand.
    Keyboard is much better. Pinch to zoom is great.

    I could add a few more. Overall it has more pros than the Droid but the biggest con so far is the battery. Such a big con that I may have to switch back. I noticed that the update that's being pushed to our phones over the next few days mentions nothing about improving battery. This could be such a big con that I may, reluctantly, revert back to Droid. I know many will say just give it a charge during the day when you can but I am not in one location long enough to do that and the phone is a critical part of my business.

    Thanks to all who gave your thoughts on this phone. Hopefully you'll give your thoughts on how to get more life out of the battery. I know many that I worked with that had the Moto Q years ago and the battery on that really blew but at least they sold a larger battery with longer life. I hope that happens with the Eris. Until then any tips you have to improve battery life would be wonderful.
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    Try turning off WiFi, if you're not using it. There's a program (Y5? Not sure if that's the name) that will automatically turn wifi on, if you're near a location where you previously used wifi, and turn it off when you leave that area.

    WiFi is one of the biggest users of battery life. Next, GPS also uses battery life.

    Also, turn the screen down as low as you can, while still being able to view the screen.

    I'm amazed at the battery life for the Droid. Considering the size of the screen, I'd expect it to be lousey, but I used it from about 8am until returning home today, around 7pm, and I used it a LOT (had a minor auto accident, was rear ended by the guy behind me, who was rear ended... ) and still had about 40% battery life left!

    The Droid is a monster when it comes to battery life! (I came from a G1 and myTouch, both of which would be on their last legs when I returned home late at night...)
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    Thanks for the tips Shel. I manually turn on/off WiFi, BT and GPS. Didn't have WiFi or GPS on all day. Used BT 3 times today (turned on/off when needed). Have not turned the screen down. May try that but shouldn't have to turn it way down.

    What you are saying about Droid battery is exactly what I was getting. I'd get down to 40% by the time I was going to bed and charging it. Eris though went on (I had it completely off) at 7am this morning and was at 15% by 3pm. Yuck.
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    hi,

    I have insurance on the phone but all in all i just hate blackberry storm heard the droid is better from some people guess everybody different but all i want to no is if they would be so nice ad let me trade for the droid
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    I started with the Droid Eris and loved it. After a few people at my work got the Moto Droid and were bragging about it I started wondering what I was missing. So I went and upgraded another line and tried the Moto Droid thinking I would just sell my Eris. Im taking the Moto Droid back tomorrow and I have already switched back to my Eris.

    Pluses that I will miss on the Moto Droid: the larger screen and screen resolution and the camera flash. Thats it.

    Minuses: I hated the bulkiness/heaviness, I hated the way the gallery was set up, I hated the slide out keyboard ( it was easier to touch text than to use the keyboard), even the touch text was harder than the Eris.

    I didnt see THAT big of a difference in the processor speed, and althought the battery life was a little better on the Moto Droid, it really wasnt THAT much better. I bought an extra charger that I keep in my purse and I have a car charger in my car but I usually dont have to charge my Droid until later at night when Im about to go to bed anyway, and I use my Eris alot for the apps and texting and occasionally listening to my music.
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    New Eris

    I have a brand new 3 day old Eris I will trade you. I had the Droid originally and everyone talked me into getting the Eris... after 3 days of use I wish I could go back. Let me know! :)
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    I have the eris, and live in the country not once has a signal dropped, im very happy with my eris, someone posted earlier its a personal interest. Everything in life has pro's and con's, we (people) adapt. lol...
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    Isn't it great how many choices we have - and more coming all the time! I know I'll never find the "Perfect" phone... (or anything else)... but I love trying! :) Really, something for (almost) everyone!!
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    I'm torn between the droid and eris. I have the eris at the moment, but part of me wants to try out the droid. however, after reading this thread, i might just stick with the eris, especially if the updates are coming sooner than later as far as the os and gps go.

    The battery as already said, is probably my biggest complaint overall with the phone. I use my phone like crazy and I've gotten to where I have a charger in my house, my office, my truck and will carry one with me if im not gonna be in the office or truck cause it goes dead that fast.

    I do have a specific question for you noles if you dont mind. You stated you get a 22% company discount. I'm curious as to which company you are with. I'm in the Marine Corps and am only getting 15% lol.

    This thread was super informative, thanks all!
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    I have a Droid and my wife has an Eris. The Eris has lousy battery life compared to the Droid, it drops so much, even when in Standby. I've also noticed the Eris has a lower signal (dBm) than the Droid when they are side by side. Even the Wifi reception is weaker on the Eris.

    My wife loves her Eris despite the battery performance though. ;)