Motorola Droid vs. HTC Droid Eris: Side-by-side spec comparison of Verizon’s Android Phones

Being stuck at home for the past couple of days has afforded me extra time to get things done. One thing I’ve wanted during the past week is a side-by-side comparison of the technical specs of Verizon’s new Android Phones.

I’m interested in getting either the Motorola Droid or the HTC Droid Eris as I’m eligible for the New-every-two upgrade plan and could save $100 if I upgrade when the phones come out on November 6th.

Being a strong supporter of Free Software, I’d like to be able to replace the stock Android build with an entirely Free Software build such as Replicant. Of course, it’s entirely possible that Verizon has locked down the handsets to such an extent that it is impossible for us to replace the OS running on the device. That’s why I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and see how far people have gotten in rooting the device before I make any decision.

If both look like strong prospects for OS replacement, then it’ll come down to the specs. So without further ado, here’s a side-by-side comparison. (specs that are clear winners are bolded)

Name Droid Droid Eris
Manufacturer Motorola HTC
Style Slider Ultra-slim bar
Battery 1400 mAh Internal rechargeable removable lithium-ion polymer battery 1300 mAh Li-on
OS Android 2.0 Android 1.5
CPU 550MHz TI OMAP 3430 Arm Cortex A8,
PowerVR SGX 530 GPU,
430MHz TMS320 C64x DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)
Qualcomm® MSM7600™, 528MHz
Onboard Flash 512MB
Expansion Slot microSD microSD
Removable Flash Up to 32GB (16GB included) Up to 16GB (8GB included)
RAM 256MB 288MB
ROM 512MB 512MB
Screen 854 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA, 265 pixels per inch (ppi) 320 x 480 px, 3.2-inch HVGA
Touchscreen? Multi-touch capacitive (MT disabled as shipped) Multi-touch capacitive (MT enabled as shipped)
Camera 5.0MP; auto focus, dual LED flash 5.0MP; auto focus
Video Capture? DVD-quality 720×480 @ 24fps Yes
Keyboard? QWERTY thumbboard virtual
USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, PBAP 2.0+EDR, A2DP
Cellular Bands Dual band CDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A 800/1900MHz Dual-band CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO rev. A 800/1900MHz
Dimensions (h x w x d) 115.8 mm (4.56 in) x 60 mm (2.4 in) x 13.7 mm (0.54 in) 4.45” x 2.19” x .51”
Weight 169 g (6.0 oz) 4.23 oz
SIM slots
HDMI Output Yes
Standby Time 270 hours 420 hours
Talk Time 385 minutes 300 minutes
Codecs AAC, AAC+, AMR WB, AMR NB, eAAC+, H.263, H.264, MIDI, MP3, MPEG-4, OGG, WAV, WMA AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, EVRC-B, H.263, H.264, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MPEG4, QCP, WAV, WMA, WMV
Charge over USB?
Headset jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Backlight Yes
Ringtone Codecs AAC, AAC+, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG
Sensors Proximity, ambient light, eCompass, accelerometer Proximity
Price (with 2-year contract) $199 $99
Price (no contract) $599 $499

These are all the specs I’ve been able to dig up so far. Once the phones are released today there will probably be a flurry of information and I’ll be able to fill in some of the missing pieces.

Ogg support, camera flash, higher-res display, higher-depth video recording, and double the max storage of the Eris (32GB vs. 16GB) make the Moto Droid very appealing, but I’m still waiting to see which piece of hardware is easier to hack. Once flashed with a new OS, I’m sure that the Eris would be able to playback Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora, and the 16GB storage ceiling might just be a limit of Cupcake (Android 1.5). In the end, the lighter and cheaper Eris might turn out to be the sweeter deal.

Information gathered from:


Nov 10, 2009 – I’m going to remove that note about the Droid having 2 sim slots. I haven’t heard any follow-up on it or confirmation from the manufacturer, so I think it’s probably a load of bunk.

Nov 23, 2009 – More info: Droid and Eris both have multitouch; Eris has it enabled in stock OS that shipped w/it. (from @deejoe)


3 thoughts on “Motorola Droid vs. HTC Droid Eris: Side-by-side spec comparison of Verizon’s Android Phones

  1. qubit's status on Friday, 06-Nov-09 09:36:26 UTC -

  2. I really enjoyed reading your comparison.. I too am faced with the very same dilema. I am also deciding whether to get the DROID or the DROID ERIS… pls update when you have decided… THank you.

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