HTC Droid ERIS cellphone: Refining the Hero?

HTC is a Taiwanese company that was to begin with an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) but later started selling its smart phones under its own brand name. Companies like T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, i-mate and other companies have often used re-branded HTC phones, a prominent example is the T-Mobile G1, the first Android based phone. The HTC Hero was the first phone to really kick-start the Google Android craze, and here we have what some might call its updated version, the HTC Droid ERIS.

Its fairly obvious that the HTC Droid ERIS smart phone and the HTC Hero are very similar and while the ERIS is not officially an updated version, we feel that it is fairly reasonable to label it so. Regardless, the HTC Droid ERIS mobile phone is not to be treated as an HTC Hero with various improvements, it is sufficiently different to merit its own name.

For starters, one will find that the HTC Droid ERIS is somewhat smaller and lighter than the Hero mainly due to the smaller battery used in the ERIS (1300 mAh compared to the 1500 mAh in the Hero).

A more interesting change is that the buttons at the bottom of the HTC Droid ERIS are capacitive and the arrangement has been changed so that the Home, Menu, Back and Search buttons are now in a row above the Send and End-Call buttons as can be seen in the image above.

This in our view is a clear improvement over the Hero whose physical buttons where somewhat annoying and the layout was rather cluttered.

The 3.2″ HVGA display with a resolution of 320 x 480 is sufficient and functional but nothing amazing. Other technical specifications for the HTC Droid ERIS include a Qualcomm 528 MHz processor, 5 MP with auto-focus (useful but not amazing), Bluetooth, 8 GB microSD card, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and it has support for dual band CDMA and the EV-DO revision A.

The proximity sensor featured in the HTC Droid ERIS cellphone is fairly useful feature which the Hero surprisingly lacked. Other than that the HTC Droid ERIS also has an accelerometer and A-GPS which can be used with the pre-loaded Google Maps application. Performance wise the HTC Droid ERIS does pretty well. Sound quality at both ends of the line is very good although not quite crystal clear.

To conclude we find that at its current price ($79.99) the HTC Droid ERIS is pretty much a bargain and is more than worth the price.

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  1. Alen says:

    The new HTC Hero is a stylish cell phone. It has a display with a resolution of 320 x 480 and 8 GB microSD card.

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