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    Xwera,

    I had very poor battery life on my droid the first two days, then I ran it down until it asked to be plugged in. I charged it overnight and now my battery life is stellar.




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    Quote Originally Posted by sfphoenix75 View Post
    Man - the thread I've been looking for. Thanks to P3, Olta, and JLevy for some keen insights. Here's a question for the 3 of you:

    How does the Eris do with video playback compared to the S2? (We all know the Droid will be top dog in this area).

    I'm torn between the Eris and the S2. I'll be using the phone to watch movies and TV episodes while I'm on the road so this feature would be key.

    Thoughts?

    There is no comparison the best video is going to be the Droid, I watch tv on it and am blown away. The Eris bests the Storm2 in video as well but not by as much as you think. The last in this category is the Storm2. This is just my opinion.
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    Thanks all for the candid reviews. Some I have seen lately are laced with the users own personal bias. These draw one conclusion to me no device is perfect for everyone but each could be perfect for someone. Its all about personal preference. Its nice to have a choice.
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    Thanks for the input on video guys. P3 - I look forward to reading the rest of your findings on the 3 devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3Designs View Post
    Okay I currently have all three and am putting them through their paces today. They all have the same account information on them, including sms. On the Androids I am using Handcent instead of the stock sms messenger. I will give you a full assessment tonight or tomorrow but here is my mid day comparision.
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    Battery life: All phones were charged, turned off, overnight and taken off the charger at 5:30 am MST.

    Right now with light usage (32 emails, 2 phone calls, 1 sms message, 46 twitter updates) The Android phones are set to pull email from 4 different accounts every 5 minutes.

    6 hours uptime
    Storm2 - 80% remaining
    Droid - 80% remaining
    Eris - 70% remaining


    Battery update
    10 hours uptime
    Storm2 - 70% remaining
    Droid - 80% remaing (this is odd must be wrong) ??
    Eris - 40% remaiing (really wtf)

    Battery update
    14 hours uptime
    Storm2 - 50% remaining
    Droid - 40% remaining
    Eris - Had to be put on charger (warning came on)

    So far for me the Eris is pulling up last in the battery test. I am really concernced about this because today is a light usage day and what would happen on a heavy usage day. The Storm2 and Droid are both performing very well in the battery department.
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    Size: I will admit that I like a phone with some body on it. Having said that.

    Storm2 - feels great in hand, nice design plus good weight
    Droid - feels good in hand, takes some getting used to the keyboard, and great weight.
    Eris - feels too light, and the narrow design caused me to drop it once.

    Pocket Test: I normally will carry my phone in my front pocket so this is important to me. (I carried each of these phones in my pocket for 2 hours)

    Storm2: A bit bulky and on the heavy side, you know its there but it is not a problem.
    Droid: Its a brick in the pocket, you will know where it is at all times because it is just heavy in the pocket.
    Eris: You will not even know its there, this is the best feeling smartphone that I have ever carried around in my pocket, it may be the best phone of all time.

    If I were buying a phone simply on the pocketability factor the Eris would win hands down, then the Storm2, and last the Droid.
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    Operating Systems: I have used every single smartphone out in the past two years, not tested but owned for an extended period of time.

    Storm2: Familiar, Slow, and Clunky. Those are the three words I would use to describe this OS. Yeah it looks like and acts like a blackberry, all blackberrys for that matter.

    But I find the OS to be a bit slow and clunky in doing things. I did not feel this way when I moved over from WinMo 6.0/6.5 but now I feel that it needs an upgrade/change of direction.

    The media/video players are bad to terrible, they lack functionality and design elements are missing. Its just bare bones.

    Personalization, not easy to do it yourself for most this means finding or purchasing a theme to do this for you.

    Browser is just pathetic, really it is unusable now that I have tried the other two phones.

    The upside for the Storm is email, enough said. But also Blackberry Messenger. There is nothing else out there like BBM.

    Applications are lacking and the app world is just a real pain in the ____ to use. Not to mention the constant need to reboot when installing or uninstalling apps is a big drawback for the Storm2.

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    Droid: The operating system is new and fresh to me. I think that the basic screen is easy to navigate but the many different options makes it a little difficult and as my wife said intimidating. I personally like this and am looking forward to the challenge of setting up my phone the way I like it.

    The operating system is just plain fast, transitions are instantaneous, landscape to portait and back is instant as well. Of the three phones this is the fastest I have seen a phone move. I had the iphone and thought it was fast but this is faster than that phone as well.

    The stock media player is usable but nothing to write home about. Luckily there are many free options in the marketplace to replace the stock players.

    Email intergration is just so/so on this device. I am not sure why but I was able to set up only 2 out of my four accounts automatically, the other two imap accounts I had to manually set up because they would not take. ??? (WTH droid)

    The most striking feature of this phone is its screen, it makes viewing the full webpages a joy. It is the best I have ever seen. I watched Matrix 2 on all three devices and it was simply amazing on this phone, nothing compares to it right now.

    The marketplace is a joy to use and is loaded with useful free apps, and prices are low for paid apps, cheaper than the appworld. And some paid apps on the blackberry are free in the marketplace. (WTF RIM)

    Now the Bad news: the on screen portriat keyboard is difficult to use due to its size, the slide out keyboard is usable but after 5 days of use, I prefer the onscreen landscape keyboard. The email functions are limited, mine keeps loading old emails that I have read, and batch deleting is tiring.

    Next: Thoughts on the Eris.


    Thats it so far, more to come later.
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    INCREDIBLE FREAKEN JOB:hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::hail::hail:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rellims View Post
    Thanks all for the candid reviews. Some I have seen lately are laced with the users own personal bias. These draw one conclusion to me no device is perfect for everyone but each could be perfect for someone. Its all about personal preference. Its nice to have a choice.
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    You said it perfectly. Each person has their own personal bias towards what they do or don't like. The only way to chose is to try each one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlevy73
    Quote Originally Posted by Rellims View Post
    Thanks all for the candid reviews. Some I have seen lately are laced with the users own personal bias. These draw one conclusion to me no device is perfect for everyone but each could be perfect for someone. Its all about personal preference. Its nice to have a choice.
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    You said it perfectly. Each person has their own personal bias towards what they do or don't like. The only way to chose is to try each one out.
    True Josh, I wonder if I'm giving this Droid a fair chance. I tried Better Keyboard but while the buttons can "look" like SureType in portrait, they don't function quite like SureType.

    @P3
    Three days in a row now I've gotten the charge battery message and charged it over night. Still discharges super fast.

    Looks like I'll be going back to an S2. Could be worse, I could be back on a WinMo phone. LOL

    Today will be my final tryout with the battery. I like the speed but typing & battery life are important too. As well an the somewhat crappy e-mail capabilities compared to the Storm's.

    -X

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    Quote Originally Posted by xwera43 View Post
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    True Josh, I wonder if I'm giving this Droid a fair chance. I tried Better Keyboard but while the buttons can "look" like SureType in portrait, they don't function quite like SureType.

    @P3
    Three days in a row now I've gotten the charge battery message and charged it over night. Still discharges super fast.

    Looks like I'll be going back to an S2. Could be worse, I could be back on a WinMo phone. LOL

    Today will be my final tryout with the battery. I like the speed but typing & battery life are important too. As well an the somewhat crappy e-mail capabilities compared to the Storm's.

    -X
    I agree that everyone should use the device that best suits their own needs. That is why after all this time and the above review I will be using the device that best meets my needs as well.

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