A members comparision - Droid vs Eris vs Storm2
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. This is my assessment after having the phones for the last 4 days.
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
10 hours uptime
Storm2 - 70% remaining
Droid - 80% remaing (this is odd must be wrong) ??
Eris - 40% remaiing (really wtf)
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.
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.
Operating Systems: I have used every single smartphone (O.S.) and and owned most of the devices put 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.
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.
Eris: Here I will start with the Sense UI, because this is the first thing you see on the phone. Sense UI works great on the homescreens, you get 7 vs. 3 for the Droid. You get more widget options than the Droid and the homescreens scream - modern device.
The operating System is 1.5 not 2.0 and it is a bit slower than the Droid, it is on par with the Storm2 but faster than the Storm1. Rotation between landscape and portrait sometimes seem to hang but for the most part it rotates quickly. I have one annoying problem with this O.S. and that is I don't like having to hit the little button to bring up the applications.
Email intergration is done better here than on the Droid but again not as good as the Storm2. I was able to quickly add 3 of my 4 email addresses, the fourth only loads on the Storm2. (cmon)
The media player is much better on the Eris than the other two devices, easy to navigate and add things, the homescreen widget works well and I liked having my album art on the homescreen.
I am not sure why you would need to add a theme to this, the sense ui is fabulous but incase you get board you can change the basic layout of the homescreen with the scenes option. I am sticking with the standard HTC layout.
Again as an Android device the marketplace is easy to use and navigate through, it has plenty of free and paid apps.
Now the bad: I find the Sense UI on the homescreen to be easy to use but I don't like the up arrow to pull up the applications (I prefer the droids method). I don't like the settings menu (compared to the storm2), and I find the placement of the off endcall/standby button to be poor. I have put my phone into standby on more than one occassion when hanging up the phone. I also have to say that I don't like using the trackball to take pictures, it doesn't seem natural to me. At times the lag bothers me but that is only after using the Droid.
This has been both a tough and easy decision for me. Let me explain. I am very tired of the old, played out stale UI of the Blackberry platform. I find it uninteresting and lacking (for some reason which I can't name). The Droid handsets perk my interest because they are new and I like new things.
The Droid I would rate a 9/10 (for what I need & the apps I have added really completed the Droid for me)
The Eris I would rate a 9/10 (I would rate it higher but the form factor is actually too small for me, I dropped the phone 6 times in 2 days because it is so slim.) I really love the sense UI, who wouldn't.
The Storm2 I would rate a 8.5/10 (Overall it is not a bad device, it makes phone calls well, retrives and pushes emails great, but the feel is off (old).
Which phone should you get, well that depends on your needs, wants, and personal taste. After a week with all three, yep I carried around 3 cell phones everyday for a week, phones I have come to a conclusion. We are not dealing with vast differences in phones but more like shades of grey. If I need the best on device email experience I would go with a Storm2, if I wanted the sleekest phone out in a sexy small footprint then I would chose the Eris. If I want the best web experience with the largest screen plus the newest O.S. then I would chose the Droid.
Grand Finale: As it stands I have them all and one is going bye-bye and I'm keeping the other two.
So far I have decided to keep the Droid, it just fits me best of the three. I have to decide which of the two remaing phones will join the party.
Last edited by P3Designs; 11-15-2009 at 09:32 AM.
Reason: adding final results.
This is EXACTLY the comparison I am looking for! Please do update us...this is fantastic...thank you!
P3 its awesome to see that comparison side by side. I am doing same except I dropped out droid from get go due to side and slide out keyboard. As much as I can compare, in the end it all comes down to personal preference. I personally love the feel of eris as it just perfect size for my hands. Screen is more narrow by it doesn't affect anything for me. Sense UI is unbeatable! The more I use eris, the less and less I use my storm. Yes, battery life for me us about same as storm. I use my devices heavily. There are workarounds for certain things and some are bugs that were identified by HTC and are being worked on. But...with that said, p3 this is outstanding for people to see this comparison. Thank you for putting your time and effort.
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I will also do the same being that I currently have the Droid, Eris and S2.
1. RIM knows email. Let me restate this again, RIM KNOWS EMAIL. Hands down the best email client available today is RIM's push system.
2. I find the typing experience to be excellent. Much better than the Droid and just slightly, I mean slightly, ahead of the Eris.
3. Call Quality, reception and ability to hold a signal is best with the S2.
4. Weight is good feels nice in the hand I rank it #2 behind the Eris.
1. OS is slow and outdated
2. Screen not as sharp compared to the other Droid phones
3. Multitasking is pitiful
4. Multimedia is just ok
5. Oh browser why do you suck so bad. Really compared to the Droids its just a complete embarrassment.
6. App store is poor
1. Screen is the shizzle. Everything just jumps out at you
2. Multimedia especially videos are amazing. Watching shows on TV.com was an enjoyment
3. Web broswer is fantastic. Render pages fast and in desktop style.
4. Call quality through the headset and speaker is very nice
5. Tons of memory
6. The OS is blazing fast no lag ever.
7. Marketplace is very nice. 12,000 apps and growing daily
8. Everything is customizable
1. Weight was an issue for me. It's a brick for sure. Not very easy to pocket IMO
2. Call volume while on BT was pretty poor. Very soft.
3. Physical keyboard IMO is completely useless. Worst keyboard I have ever used and I gave it 5 straight days. Carpal tunnel here I come
4. The virtual keyboard is just ok. It's quite laggy and auto correction is pretty bad. I guess having a large screen can have its downsides
5. Synching music, pictures and videos can be laborious
6. Signal strength considerable worse than S2. I thought for a moment I was on AT&T
7. Email client for non Gmail accounts is piss poor. 5 minute pulls turned into 5 hours pulls
1. Form factor is spot on. Feels great in the hand and the matte finish is perfect
2. Call quality and reception much better than Droid a little worse than S2
3. Call volume both on handset and BT are great
4. Web browser is excellent and includes Flash
5. Email client works much better than Droid but S2 is the king
6. Typing on the virtual keyboard is amazing. Auto correct is spot and my typing within 24 hours is almost as fast as the S2
7. Sense UI is fantastic
8. Arguably more customizable than the Droid
1. Battery life straight sucks. Maybe there is a trick I haven't picked up on but out of the box I got 5 hours of light use before it died.
2. The OS can lag at times when multitasking. Better than S2 but def worse then the Droid
3. The end call button doubles as the sleep button...wtf
4. Some of the great apps in the marketplace do not support Eris.
5. Micro USB cord is at the bottom of the phone making typing and charging not fun
6. Lack of dedicated soft keys kind of a bummer.
So that is my qualitative assessment of the three phones. I will expand this with more use. But based on my use of all three phones here is my ranking.
2. Storm 2
I could easily make the Eris my daily driver and right now it is. The Storm 2 is a very satisfying device and does a lot of things very well. Just factoring everything together felt the Eris comes out slightly ahead. The Droid IMO is a disappointment. I really tried to like it and used it heavily for 5 days. It just does too many things wrong for me to consider this as my only phone.
Hope some of this was helpful to people.
i think you are in a small minority
Originally Posted by jlevy73
Also I don't know if droid does tabbed browsing... but eris does and its amazing. This is definitely a win over storm.
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yes...droid does windows
Originally Posted by olta777
Wirelessly posted (9530 Storm)
Great write-ups! I agree the Droid OS is fast & smooth but E-mail and typing are lacking compared to the S2 (I've not used an Eris). I "think" it's just new phone use but the battery seems to be worse than the S2 as well.
Not able to type much right now just a quickie.
Keep in mind that the Droid is light years ahead of any other of it's competition at the time of release. Just wait. Until a few more updates.
Even with the updates it won't fix the keyboard issue I so disliked on this phone.
Originally Posted by xkwwwx
That's why they call it person opinion. So minority or not I did not like it.
Originally Posted by catstide
Like the review and for me the weight of the droid
is perfect. As far as typing goes it does take getting used to. I have however installed Better Keyboard and has made a big difference. I have not used the Eris sou cannot compare. The Droid os as stated is far superior to any os out IMO. But I am still a bb guy so this is just another toy.
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I too hate the slide out keyboard, but it is great for edit cut and paste functions and also it will be nice to have in the cold to curser my way around with gloves. BBC crackman with a droid-- I don't feel so bad now.
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.
Originally Posted by sfphoenix75
IMO the Eris wins hands down. The videos I have watched on the Eris have been clear and crisp while those on the S2 are just ok. But without a doubt the huge and vibrant screen of the Droid takes the prize here followed by the Eris and S2. Once again these are all personal opinions so the only way to really determine which one is for you is to go into a store and play with them side by side.
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P3, I wish I had your battery life. Back when we were talking about signal strength I was going by bars. As it was pointed out, m now looking at db and am often near -86 to -90 which I believe is not good. The few times I remember looking at the Status Option on my S1 it was about the same. I have the brightness set to Auto and don't feel I've used the phone much today compared to the last few days. Day before yesterday I ran it down to 5% and based on JL's suggestion with my previous Storm (don't remember if it was 1 or 2) I ran it completely dead last night. Battery life is bad! I have my screen timeout set to 15 seconds, BT only on when needed (15 minutes today). Kind of bummed.
Text selection is a PIA & cannot even be done in Gmail. Typing in portrait mode sux compared to the S2 and might be where I'm killing my battery with a lack of speed. (along with a week signal).
I'm torn. There's a lot to like but these things are pushing me back towards the S2. I guess I could try Better Keyboard but weird hitting glass and not having feedback (not into the vibration option either).
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.
Originally Posted by sfphoenix75
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.
Last edited by P3Designs; 11-13-2009 at 08:15 AM.
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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