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why did you get a droid over the eris?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by 150_cav, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. 150_cav

    150_cav Well-Known Member
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    just curious as to why you chose the Moto droid over the HTC Eris?
    the ERis was always cheaper and has sence UI and the Moto had tons of problems on the 2.0 software, was it the keyboard or the screen or advertising?
     

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  2. 150_cav

    150_cav Well-Known Member
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  3. Fadelight

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    I chose the droid over the eris for two reasons... in this order.

    1) Physical keyboard

    2) 2.0 vs 1.6


    I have had more than my fair share of touch-only phones, and to be honest... I've lost interest. Lack of physical keyboard is a deal-breaker for me. I won't be upgrading from the droid until another (better) phone comes along that has a physical keyboard that I can replace it with. And then I'll wait until it has been rooted.


    When I had decided on buying a droid, there was no advertising. Only whispers around the net.
     
  4. JoeMustang

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  5. 150_cav

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    first the eris has 1.5
    second they are all going to update to 2.1 (even the old school g1)
    third imo, the keyboard sucks when compared to the touch pro 2 or the g1
    fourth 2.0 had tons of problems
     
  6. Fadelight

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    Did you want opinions or were you just looking for an argument? Holy crap.
     
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  7. chrlswltrs

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    I bought the Eris first because it did not have a keyboard. My phone before that was an iPhone 3GS. After having the Eris for 2 weeks and really trying to like it, I just couldn't handle how slow it was, even my original iPhone from 2007 worked better than the Eris so I got the Droid for 1 reason: performance!

    I don't even know why people like sense UI. I couldn't care less about it and no one has given me a single reason to like it other than more homescreens, but I use helix launcher and still only use 3 screens, so sense UI is not a selling point, and BTW, my wife kept her Eris and I just upgraded her to 2.1 and I'm still running 2.0 on my Droid, go figure.

    Oh and one last thing, I am paying full retail to get the N1 as soon as it is available on Verizon to have a phone with the power I need and a good physical design.
     
  8. 150_cav

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    you're right, sorry
     
  9. Fadelight

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    cav you have to remember... The droid was the first phone ever released with 2.0. A great deal of people, myself included, bought it on the day it was released. Yes... 2.0 was bugged. Did I know that before I bought it? Nope.

    The hardware KB is not the best I have ever seen... true enough. But to me, a crappy physical keyboard is still better than a touch screen.

    1.5 or 1.6 didn't matter to me... it was still an outdated OS compared to 2.0.

    Lastly... 2.1 wasn't even being mentioned when 2.0 came out.


    It would appear that your major oversight here is assuming my purchase was recent, rather than assuming I was one of literally thousands who bought it the day these two phones were released. ;)




    EDIT: almost forgot. Google maps/nav was not available for the eris at that point either. That was another major selling point for me.
     
  10. Kyreba

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    I haven't chosen yet but I'm leaning towards the moto right now. The screen is clearer & larger & for my eyes that makes a difference. I originally was drawn by the keyboard but ultimately it's not going to be the deciding factor. Heck if the HTC Incredible was actually out I'd go with it.
     
  11. bigdroid

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    I actually had both before deciding to go with the Moto Droid. I really like the size and feel of the Eris, but the motorola runs faster and smoother imo.
     
  12. dmodert66

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    I had an Eris for a few weeks before I bought my Droid. EVERYTHING is slower on that phone. For me, it came down to :

    1. The screen resolution and size
    2. Tech Specs (processor, graphics, etc)
    3. Android 2.0 (I bought before 2.1 was being talked about as well)
    4. The keyboard (but to be honest, I never use it. I thought I would, but now I mostly use the onscreen keyboard or voice (I'm running a 2.1 rom))

    Another advantage that I found out more recently, if you are into customizing your phone, the Droid probably has the #1 dev community out there (in quantity and quality).

    You mention that the Eris is cheaper. While this is true (a quick search on Amazon shows the Eris for $.01, and the Droid for $19.99), I would spend $20 bucks to get a much better phone (I paid $200 for mine, and have no remorse).

    Lastly, while on the Eris, I did like Sense UI. That is the one thing I miss. But due to the dev community mentioned above, I should have a nicely running Sense UI w/2.1 in the next week or 2...
     
  13. bonerdroid

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    As much as I'd like to be, I'm not the type that runs out and gets the latest gadget. When I get a phone, I know it needs to last me two years. That said, I get the best that I can afford at the time of purchase knowing that no matter what, it will be outdated very soon. The Droid is way ahead of the Eris in terms of processing, graphics, etc.
     
  14. shadowdude777

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    I got the Droid on launch day. I picked it because:

    1) Highest performance at the time (And an overclocked Droid is STILL negligibly weaker than a Nexus One)
    2) Physical keyboard (This is the biggest factor for me; if you gave me the HTC EVO today and told me that I'd have full 4G coverage wherever I went, I'd still pick my Droid over it because I absolutely need a physical keyboard)
    3) Looks. Most people think otherwise, but to me, the industrial look of the Droid is far superior over the cookie-cutter "slim and sleek" Apple-like look everyone's going for nowadays. Give me sharp and edgey over curvy any day.
    4) Absolutely beautiful screen; the only better display I could think of to read text is e-paper. The quality of text on the Droid puts my 22" 1680x1050 LCD monitor to shame.

    Added bonuses I didn't know when I bought the Droid that would make me pick it over anything out there including the Nexus One and anything else that is slated to arrive:

    1) HUGE development community and selection of ROMs, and more importantly, RSD Lite so that we can screw with the device however much we want without worrying at all. Other phones have to worry about bricking and can't return to older, more exploitable Android versions after an OTA update.
    2) Rooted Droid rivals a rooted N1 in performance

    I could honestly go on and on about how the Droid is the best smartphone out there and will be for some time; the HTC EVO will probably beat the Droid but it doesn't have a hardware keyboard, so it'll probably be the new best choice for most people, but not for me! :)
     
  15. 3devious

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    I picked it because I wanted a keyboard (man that was probably the LAST reason to get this phone but it's OK.)

    I love the screen. I have yet to see a phone that looks better.

    I was really put off by Sense.

    I was really put off by HTC (I am still bitter about the Touch Diamond.)

    The Droid looks like a phone. The Eris looks like a suppository.
     
  16. CRPercodani

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    The Eris is basically a year old almost seeing as how it is just a re branded HTC Hero. It has a ancient ARM11 processor, the GPU or lack thereof is horrible, it has a much smaller and lower res screen, it has no keyboard, it is slow, and personally I hate Sense.

    On the other hand the Droid (at the time I purchased it which was launch day at 7:16AM) has a Cortex A8 processor, one of the best GPU's, Google Nav, huge screen with very high res, Android 2.0, physical keyboard albeit a crappy one, and it came with a 16GB micro sd.
     
  17. Lemurion

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    Reason #1: Screen. The Droid has the highest resolution screen of any device in its class - especially for text. I've already read a novel on mine and it's getting more use than my Sony Reader.

    Reason #2: Physical keyboard. The Droid's isn't the best, but it's functional. I also hate the idea of taking a gorgeous screen and wasting it to display a virtual keyboard.
     
  18. squaresailor

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    Like the Droid users above I got my Droid on launch day. I haven't looked back. I wanted an iPhone as my first smartphone but the apple wasn't going to fall from the Verizon tree any time soon so I went for the Droid. I briefly looked at the Eiris but it seemed like a toy compared to the Droid. Months later my phone is running happily and speedily on the Cyanogen rom (droidmod before that). Even when the eiris is updated to 2.1 it will still lag far behind my Droid. I did type this on that crappy keyboard. :rolleyes:
     
  19. ttaylor0024

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    + keyboard
    +Cooler :)
     
  20. Bobarazzi

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    The DROID is currently the best smartphone out.
     
  21. JUNGI

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    hahaha, i chuckled too :) +1
     
  22. UBRocked

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    I was just going to keep my opinion to myself...but after reading some of the arguments for the eris...I though...what the hell?

    The eris felt like a cheap piece of crap...pretty much did it for me! Can't really dispute build quality :rolleyes:
     
  23. grainysand

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    As someone who's never used 2.0, what are its bugs/problems or whatever exactly?
     
  24. Fadelight

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    There are none. 2.0 doesn't exist anymore. They released a patch within about a month of the Droids launch date (known as 2.0.1), so any issues with 2.0 are a moot point. Before the patch, though, one of my phones favorite past times was random reboots. The browser would randomly decide to stop working, as well. If you pulled the battery and card, then put it back together, that would buy you a day or two at most before the random reboots and constant force closes started up again. Other people had various issues as well, but those two were my biggest problems.



    lol the day I went to pick up my droid, I was the first one through the door on launch day. My hands-on experience with the eris went like this.


    VZ rep: "How can I help you today?"
    Me: "I'm picking up a droid."
    VZ rep: "The Eris was released today as well. Have you heard about it?"
    Me: "Yep."
    VZ Rep: "You want to take a peek?"
    Me: "Nope."
    VZ Rep: "Ok then..."
     
  25. grainysand

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    Ouch. Guess I should thank my lucky stars the worst I ever had to put up with was no pinch-zoom in browser (which wasn't even something I actually needed/cared about).
     

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