My HTC Eris was the first smartphone I ever bought, and it really never lived up to my expectations. Rooting it made it usable, but I really couldn't wait until my contract was up (which wouldn't happen until January, 2012). Still, I told myself that I would hang on until then and buy a higher end phone. Cut to yesterday. I took the day off work and went out to buy some groceries. I wandered into a nearby Verizon store and walked out with a Droid 2. So much for being patient. Anyway, it's quite a step up in performance. The only thing I'm deliberating now is whether to root or not.