HTC Droid Eris Phone Review

Posted: November 30, 2009
HTC Droid Eris Phone Review

Holiday shopping is here, which means Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review the top gifts under $100, like the HTC Droid Eris phone for Verizon Wireless, with one-touch contacts, a 3.2" touch screen, Wi-Fi and 5 megapixel camera for only $99 with a contract.

What You Need to Know

  • The phone is only .5” thick
  • It weighs a little over 4 oz., but still feels sturdy
  • It has a 3.2” touch screen with touch-sensitive buttons and a trackball
  • Android has gotten really good at auto-complete, so it works about as well as the iPhone
  • There's haptic feedback while typing
  • Our only gripe is the slow accelerometer when turning it sideways
  • Other than that, we don't mind not having a physical keyboard
  • It isn't running the latest version of Android like the Motorola Droid and the touch screen isn't as big, but it's accurate and easy to use just like we'd expect from an Android HTC phone
  • There's even multi-touch, which the Motorola Droid doesn't have
  • The interface is quick and customizable with the HTC Sense feature; lots of home screens, widgets, and shortcuts
  • On the whole, it's not as fast as the Motorola Droid, but it's still great
  • The browser is solid; it supports Flash Lite and multi-touch, but you still might have a few problems with more intense sites
  • The 5 megapixel camera is a little disappointing; there's no flash and picture quality is mediocre
  • You can record video too
  • The Android market is growing fast and it's second only to the iPhone app store in content and ease of use
  • It has a Micro SD slot
  • The phone also has Wi-Fi


  • It's only $99 with a contract
  • You get more than enough for the price

Overall Rating

  • This is a true competitor to the iPhone; it's the same price, has almost as many features and has a better network, Verizon
  • This is a definite buy (How do we rate gadgets?)

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Comments are Closed

  • SalisburySteak

    Not yet, but it should when it updates to android 2.0

    Posted: December 30, 2009 10:27 PM
  • killahurtz

    Does the Droid Eris also have the turn by turn direction Google Maps like the Motorola?

    Posted: December 5, 2009 1:31 AM
  • klyonawesome

    not a big deal, but just so everyone knows verizon raised their early term fees on select devices, including this a the DROID. The Price to break a contract is now $350. So i wouldn't do that whole breaking contract thing. But most people can stay with the company for 2 years anyway so its not really a big deal.

    Posted: December 2, 2009 10:33 AM
  • myNando

    Good review. If I move back to the States, I will probably start using Verizon. They're getting some good phones lately. I left T-Mobile (and the States) just after the G1 was released.

    Posted: December 2, 2009 2:23 AM
  • rerat

    Can yall review the Palm Pixi? I'm considering getting one but I'm not sure yet.

    Posted: December 1, 2009 4:14 PM
  • Zorn84

    I have this phone and its badass. Everything works great on it. I was really surprised how well the touch screen keyboard works. It also comes with a 8gb micro sd card already in the phone too. The only thing is that it doesn't have Android 2.0, but you will be about to update the phone to it next year! Im glad I got this rather then the motorola droid, because this is so much more slimmer and looks better.

    Posted: December 1, 2009 12:12 PM
  • master_peterm

    Actually the droid has multitouch just not in the default apps but because of androids open nature you can replace default apps with other apps just like how the dolphin browser lets you pinch and zoom

    Posted: November 30, 2009 7:36 PM
  • mm542

    At least I can make a freaking call!

    Posted: November 30, 2009 7:35 PM
  • incredibilistic

    Good review but there's still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the Android phones.

    Verizon's CDMA network doesn't allow simultaneous voice and data, the accelerometers on Android phones are nowhere near as responsive as the iPhone and the biggest omission is a central app like iTunes that allows Android users to synch their data.

    It's hard to ignore the power of iTunes considering it's the number one retail outlet for music in the world. As good a phone as the Android phones might be at the end of the day the iPhone is still an iPod.

    Posted: November 30, 2009 7:08 PM