HTC Droid Eris
Just ordered the Eris and now I'm wondering...
The one big thing Android 2.0 has is the free turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps. If you could use a navigation system for your car (and don't have one already) then that's a big deal. Otherwise, I don't think you're missing much.
Besides, I imagine there will be a 2.0 update for the Eris before too long.
But not a VZW customer, and its not worth it to me to switch. Good luck with your eris.
I was actually afraid of getting segmented into this place where I was used to Sense and would end up wanting a phone that didn't include it. Because of this, and this alone, I got the DROID. I don't like the external keyboard on the DROID, and the internal one is not as good as the Sense version on the Eris. I simply wanted a stock UI experience on a 2.0 device with better specs.
Unfortunately, my first DROID was a bad unit. It either had bad memory or a bad install or something. It crashed every few minutes and would hard reset when I wasn't doing anything. I was going to try to reinstall it, but I couldn't find the ROM on the Motorola site anywhere. This frustrated me since HTC is very go...
However, bear in mind that HTC's Android 1.5 is still Android 1.5 underneath the hood. Apps can be developed to Android 2.0 and require it, making them not work in Android 1.5. Most of the changes between Android 1.5 and 2.0 are under the hood, so that's where it will matter.
HTC IS working on updating Sense UI to work on Android 2.0, and has stated it will be released for the HTC Hero and Droid Er...
It's clearly evident to me that HTC is taking optimization a lot more seriously, and that's the reason why 2.0 isn't on Eris yet. They're making sure that it works properly with Sense UI before just throwing something out.
What's amusing about the Moto Droid is how many people seem to gravitate toward it due to Android 2.0 (which Eris WILL have later), full QWERTY keyboard (which gets slammed...
Just something to consider. I'm sure the slower CPU would affect other things. So far, though, I haven't actually seen it impact anything too badly.
I have a couple videos I need to convert and copy to my Eris and I will really test it out then with something of much better quality. As for video recording, I haven't really felt a need to try it yet.
The flaws people tend to point out seem to be more FUD the more I actually use my Eris. However, the flaw concerning app quality and availability is strongly apparent.
And yes, there are a lot of inaccuracies floating around about the Eris (or Android, for that matter). As far as app quality and availability, you'll find that the quality differs every bit as much in the iPhone app store. When you sift through the junk that many developers submit for either platform, you'll find that they're pretty even in certain respects.
My only real beef is that certain apps are nearly useless on certain Android devices, as too many developers rely on only one or two forms of input, rather than supporting all of the various input types (i.e. keyboard, touch screen, trackball, etc.) that're available o...
Today, 1:18 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Today Google announced that the Google Maps Navigation -- the software if first provided only to devices running Android 2.0 -- is available to devices running Android 1.6. Google Maps Navigation offers free turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions between two points. Google Maps Navigation for Android 1.6 also offers support for more layers. The new application is available for free in the Android Market to customers in the U.S.