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General Consdiering picking up a Droid Eris and have a few ?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by woodyak, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. woodyak

    woodyak New Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 23, 2010
    I'm currently on a Blackberry 8700 that my company pays for. After picking up a Droid Eris for my wife I became extremely jealous as I realized my Blackberry is crap. I'd have to start paying for my own phone if I went with the Droid so it'd really have to be worth it.

    • When rifling through Verizon's site to add this phone and additional line I noticed there are 2 options for Web. The expensive one mentions "Corporate E-mail". Would I need this option to talk to my company's Exchange Server? (Yes, I checked with my company and they have the appropriate Exchange connector).
    • How well does this device work as a mass storage MP3 player? I know battery life is a concern with this phone but would it be usable for the commute back and forth to work? I'd be getting the 32G SD card for storage.
    • How good is the GPS? Could I use it for tracking and mapping my mountain bike trips? I don't care if it's super accurate but it would have to be usable?
    • Are there are any VPN apps? I know the Iphone has a Cisco VPN client. I wouldn't mind being able to hook into work.


  2. TheSultan

    TheSultan Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    Operations Manager
    Rochester, NY
    1. Corporate Email service --in my understanding is for Blackberries that require BES services. A $30 data connection should be all you need.

    2. It works great, but I have no idea how long you travel work buddy :) You probably want to get a car charger just to be safe. I drive 7 minutes to work and I have one...it's a cheap CYA solution.

    3.The GPS is SSSPPOOTTT on incredible (no pun intended HTC fans!) You say don't need super accurate, but it IS super accurate.

    4. VPN is not an area I know much about, but from what I understand, it ain't real easy. Check this out: Android VPN – VPNC | Tech Haus
    (BTW, rooting has not yet been done on the Eris.)
  3. doogald

    doogald Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Woodyak, you may want to call Verizon just to make sure. Verizon says that Exchange requires a $45 data plan. It's required for:

  4. smacky


    Jan 11, 2010
    The MP3 player is fine, although you aren't limited to just that one. You can always download a new one from the Market that you like.

    The GPS is really good as well. My car has sat nav, but since it's cd-based, something built within the past six months does not show up on the route guidance. The Eris comes in handy there.

    There is a VPN option when you go to the wireless settings. I don't use it, and I've never played around with it.

    As for battery life, you can do some minor tweaks, but a car charger may be a solution. My car's USB port in the armrest charges the phone with the MiniUSB, so that's my charger. Gives you peace of mind so you're not worrying about quick charging the phone when you have to leave the house suddenly.

  5. screennamie

    screennamie Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    You don't need root in oder to use vpn. Just a server and an app to use. There are plenty of those in the market.

    I was looking at vpn myself just before I rooted. And I only chose to root because of wifi, and customizability plus all the roms and tinkering.. looking for a new hobby :)
  6. pkopalek

    pkopalek Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    Computer Technician / Systems Implementation Manag
    Buffalo, NY
    BTW, look in the Rooting part of the forum,
    my Eris is rooted, right now.

    VPN works on the ROM I'm using.
  7. woodyak

    woodyak New Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 23, 2010
    Thanks for the responses guys.

    I spoke with our wireless guy at work and he said that they don't support the Droid OS connecting yet because it doesn't meet their security requirements. Does anyone know if the new OS has improved security? We had a similar issue with Iphone but they support Iphone now.

    Paying extra for Exchange support would be a bummer. I'm not sure if it's worth paying that much extra.

    My office has Cisco VPN concentrators. We have both the standard VPN and AnyConnect. So I'd have to be able to connect that way.

    Anyone have experience with tethering? I noticed Verizon offers it now but for a pretty hefty monthly fee.

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