The wait is over: Verizon Wireless is now offering the Motorola Droid, the new flagship of the Android OS. It also just put the HTC Droid Eris on sale, a less expensive model running the same operating system.
The Motorola Droid is a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It has a 3.7-inch, 854-by-480-pixel (WVGA ) capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback, and uses Google’s default user interface.
The HTC Droid Eris, on the other hand, has an 3.2-inch HVGA screen and an on-screen keyboard rather than a physical one. It uses HTC’s proprietary Sense user interface.
Still they have much in common, including support for Verizon’s EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband service, Wi-Fi, microSD card slots, and 5 megapixel cameras.
As mentioned earlier, both these smartphones run Google’s OS, with the Droid sporting Android 2.0. The Droid Eris, on the other hand, is debuting with Android 1.6 — HTC is still porting its Sense UI to the latest OS version. An OS upgrade will be released at some point in the future.
In addition to consumer e-mail services, these devices offer Exchange ActiveSync, allowing users to access their work e-mail.
Pricing & Availability
The Motorola Droid costs $200 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. Verizon is
The Droid Eris is selling for half that, $99 with a two-year service contract and MIR. That’s less than Verizon’s rivals are asking for any of their Android-powered models.
Both these models are now available in many Verizon stores, which opened early today for the launch.
Source: Verizon Wireless