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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by flyinjoe13, May 19, 2010.

  1. flyinjoe13

    flyinjoe13 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    With cost being an issue so that I can't get the Incredible, it's come down to the Droid or Eris. I prefer the smaller form factor of the Eris. Is the Eris still a legitimate buy right now? Does it still perform well enough to use for somene who won't be a big power user? Mostly phone calls, turn by turn GPS and organization of appointments and contacts with some minor internet usage.

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  2. bjanow

    bjanow Android Expert

    Don't even think about it for another second. Get the Eris.
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  3. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    I say that the Eris is absolutely a great buy! It is, by far, the coolest phone that I have ever owned. You will get a lot of very picky feedback on here, but you have to keep in mind that this is a geek population with many wanting the latest and greatest.
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  4. Def get the Eris. I had one, then went to the Droid because of Eris running 1.5, Got the Droid hated how big it was and went back to the Eris and this was all before 2.1
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  5. lessit

    lessit Well-Known Member

    It's even better than a "buy", it's an excellent phone regardless of price. With 2.1 its functionality is basically the same as the Incredible only a bit slower - but still very, very usable.
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  6. buff12db

    buff12db Well-Known Member

    If you don't mind waiting a few seconds to a minute for your phone to dial a number after selecting it from your contacts, get the Eris. Or if you don't mind not being able to hear someone on the other end and them not being able to hear you, get the Eris.

    Seriously, my Eris great except when I want to use it as a phone. I don't have the no volume issue, but many here do, and I suspect many more will after the full OTA update comes to fruition for everyone.

    If I had the option, I'd go with the Incredible. If it's not an option because of economics, I'd wait a month or two to save up the money to afford it if it were me. It's a phone that you'll likely have for the next one or two years. Is it worth it to have a smartphone that doesn't properly function as a phone?
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  7. flyinjoe13

    flyinjoe13 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks all for the feedback, but Buff's reply kind of scare me. I do need the phone to be a phone more than anything so if the problems are as you describe when using the phone functions, that could tip the scales towards the Droid instead. I'd much rather have the Eris for it's lightweight and size, but I do need to trust the phone functions.
  8. That scared me, but the Eris is still under a one year warranty. I bought my Eris off

    craigslist. uploaded 2.1leakv3. had the audio loss problem. called Verizon customer

    service and they were great, replaced the phone no questions asked under the 1 year

    warranty that comes with the phone from HTC. And the fact I bought it from someone

    else was no problem.
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  9. xAusTiN

    xAusTiN Well-Known Member

    If I were you, I'd wait a little longer till more Android phones come out, but up you. The Eris is still a great phone and the only difference between the Incredible and Eris is the camera and processor pretty much, not a big deal.
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  10. HuskyKMA

    HuskyKMA Well-Known Member

    The Eris is a fine phone. I've never had any of the problems Buff is talking about. Sound quality is excellent and the phone dials within a few seconds (1 or 2) of me clicking on a person. There will always be someone who have problems, don't let it scare you.

    That said, I'd probably get an Incredible right now if I was buying a phone. Second would be the Eris. The Droid wouldn't even be on my radar screen.
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  11. Haxcid

    Haxcid Android Enthusiast

    I love the replies. Now go check out all the other threads where these same people are reporting about all the bugs with their updated Eris.

    If you can get one and keep it stock 1.5 android, then it is a decent deal. Just read the forums here and at verizon support, then decide if you want to deal with the many "minor issues" many people are having then go for it.

    Just read up before you make your purchase.
    Android Devices - Verizon | Forums and Blogs - Verizon Community

    You might want to decide fast because the Eris is being dropped from Verizons product line. The hardware in it is very old.
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  12. lessit

    lessit Well-Known Member

    There are probably hundreds of thousands of Eris' in the market. There are always a few on Forums who have problems - regardless of the technology. Don't let anecdotal reports sway you. Keeping 1.5 on your Eris, in spite of the fact that Verizon has rolled out 2.1 to hundreds of thousands, is plain nonsense (no offense). I'll go out on a limb here and say that if I got ahold of Buff's phone, in one hour I could probably have the issue identified and resolved to his/her satisfaction.
  13. truelove79

    truelove79 Android Enthusiast

    I've had no issues with 2.1. In fact my phone runs faster and more stable since the upgrade. If people are having problems, it's probably due to the fact that they upgraded and didn't do a factory reset (a mistake for any operating system).
  14. Tooleman694

    Tooleman694 Well-Known Member

    Its a perfectly fine phone for the money..

    Sure id rather have an incredible.. but with the buy one get one free deal.. it was an easy choice for me..
  15. dpatrickv

    dpatrickv Newbie

    Camera,processor,RAM, ROM, bigger screen(Physical size and resolution wise) are all in favor of the Incredible. They actually make a huge difference. The Eris is a good enough phone and if money is an issue than get it but Id either get the Droid aor DI at this point.
  16. zebug

    zebug Android Enthusiast

    Love my Eris, never have had any of the issues that people talk about here. I got the OTA 2.1 and didn't even do a factory reset and it is running along as smooth as I could hope for. Maybe I don't use it as much as others do, but I do watch full length movies on it, listen to the radio and send text and pic messages all the time. I use it as a range finder for my golf game (which needs a lot more help than a simple range finder). Google nav is freaking awesome.

    If you get the Eris and you have issues, take it back.
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  19. crsnowdy

    crsnowdy Lurker

    luv my eris, especially with the 2.1 update. moto droid cums with 16gb micro sd, eris cums with an 8. not a big deal for me. if u can swing the xtra $$$ 4 the incredible then u will b happier cause its so much faster & has the amoled screen but im satisfied & sticking with my eris. dont need the physical keyboard that moto droid has either. htc eris is still the best phone i ve ever owned. i like sense 2.

HTC Droid Eris Forum

The HTC Droid Eris release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7600 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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