Price Wars! Verizon Droid Eris vs. Motorola Droid

Verizon Droid Eris a cheaper Droid

More smartphones on the way. (Verizon Droid Eris not pictured.)

More smartphones on the way. (Verizon Droid Eris not pictured.)

Everyone has heard of the Motorola Droid, set for retail release tomorrow. We’ve all seen the commercial publicizing Droid’s quest to one-up the iPhone. However, today it has gotten out that another Droid, the Verizon Droid Eris, will also be available, and for half the price.

Consumers who were considering getting same day loans tomorrow so they could buy the Motorola Droid tomorrow just want think about avoiding debt and getting the Verizon Droid Eris instead. The Motorola model costs $199 after a mail-in rebate, while the Verizon Droid Eris, also to be released tomorrow, will cost $99.

A world of Droids

The main difference between the Motorola Droid and the Verizon Droid Eris appears to be the manufacturing company. The Verizon Droid Eris is made by HTC, a company based in Taiwan. HTC certainly doesn’t have the brand recognition that Motorola has, and of course the Verizon Droid Eris lacks some of the features of the Motorola Droid.

Motorola is an American company based in Illinois. The economy may play a big factor in which Droid becomes the best-seller. Americans who have the luxury of being a tad altruistic might be motivated to buy the Motorola Droid in order to spur the U.S. economy. However, many people’s budgets are tighter than ever, and in this recession, saving  money is the new cool trend.

What’s the difference?

Naturally, you get what you pay for, and the case is no different with the Verizon Droid Eris. Some of the features the Droid commercial boasts about, including a “real keyboard,” are not present on the Verizon Droid Eris.

Naturally, in order to carry the Droid moniker a smartphone must run on the Android processing system. Verizon Droid Eriz does run on Android, but it runs on version 1.5 rather than Android 2.0. Translation: the Verizon Droid Eris is slower.

Don’t worry, we still have something to look forward to after tomorrow. Motorola has another Droid model on the way.

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