Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Droid Eris

Like many others, I have been captivated by Verizon's onslaught of commercials promising a new era of phones that will make us forget how jealous VZ subscribers have been of the iPhone. The phone in question is the Droid, manufactured by Motorola and powered by the Android operating system from Google. The more I read about the Motorola Droid in the weeks leading up to its launch, the more intrigued I became.

When the day came (November 6th), I went to the Verizon store and took a look at this heralded device. After several trips to the store to play around with the Droid, I am pleased to say that I am now the proud owner of an Android powered smart-phone...but not the one we've all seen plastered on TV. I ended up with the Droid's little brother: the Droid Eris (shown at right). The Droid Eris runs Android 1.5, where the Droid runs 2.0. It has a slightly smaller screen at 3.2 inches to the Droid's 3.7. The Droid Eris is also slightly slower, though I haven't felt it lagging yet. Despite the fact that every person wearing a Verizon shirt desperately seemed to want to convince me that the Droid is the superior choice to the Droid Eris, I just didn't fall in love with the bigger Droid the way the commercials had prepared me to.

After spending most of the day with the Droid Eris, I can safely say it is the greatest mobile device I have ever owned! It is very fast, the Internet loads well, and I am connected to my email, Facebook, Twitter, and every other possible electronic information pathway I am involved with. There is also an impressive number of free "apps" available in the Android Market for immediate download.

All in all, it seems like Verizon made the right choice partnering up with Google on this one. I am excited to get to know this phone better and even more excited to see what else Google comes up with as Android matures.

So glad I waited and resisted the many times I was tempted to jump ship to AT&T for the iPhone.

Droid does.