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Verizon Wireless launches HTC DROID ERIS, affordable touchscreen Android smartphone


Snapshot by Brian James Kirk on Thursday November 05, 2009.

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HTC Droid Eris
HTC Droid Eris

Verizon Wireless has announced the DROID ERIS by HTC, the carrier's second Android-powered touchscreen smartphone. The affordable ERIS handset features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera, along with 3G data connectivity and WiFi support.

ERIS features HTC's custom Sense user interface for Android and, with the manufacturer's new "Scenes" feature, users can create multiple homescreens layouts that show personalized widgets and shortcuts.

The phone's 3.2-inch display should react well to light touches, since it uses capacitive touchscreen(INFO) technology. Users can snap pics and video with a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera and share the media easily with friends. With centralized contact aggregation, text messages, emails, phone calls, and social network updates appear within a contact's card.

The Eris includes microSD card support and comes with an 8GB card bundled in-box, for storing pictures, movies, and music. Users will likely appreciate Bluetooth support for use with wireless headsets and headphones. GPS is on-board as well, and a digital compass will let users know which direction they are facing.

The DROID ERIS' 3G data connectivity and WiFi functionality provide access to high-speed data connections from anywhere, which should quickly load media on its web browser. The browser comes complete with Flash Lite for viewing Adobe Flash media online.

The HTC DROID ERIS will be available from Verizon Wireless November 6 for $99.99 after a two-year customer agreement and $100 mail-in rebate.


Specifications for the HTC DROID ERIS
Operating System Android 1.5 with Sense UI
Processor 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7600
Band CDMA 800/1900MHz
Data 1xRTT/EV-DO Rev. A/WiFi
Size 114mm x 56mm x 13mm (4.5in x 2.2in x 0.5in)
Weight 119g (4.2oz)
Battery Life 3.5 hours estimated usage time
15.5 days estimated standby time
Main Display 3.2-inch 262k colors HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) TFT touchscreen
Camera 5.0 megapixel autofocus
Video Record/Playback
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM
Email IMAP4/POP3/SMTP/Exchange
Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR with A2DP
Memory 512MB ROM, 288MB RAM, microSD card slot
Other 3.5mm audio jack, 8GB microSD card included, speakerphone, visual voice mail, Flash Lite 3.7.1, Google Search, Google Maps with Latitude, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube, Android Market
Availability November 6, 2009

 

retta @ 7:02:34PM EST on Saturday November 14, 2009

where do i go on the internet to find the users manul for the droid eris?

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Brian James Kirk
Brian is a former news editor on MobileBurn.com that freelances in Philadelphia. You can follow him on Twitter as @BrianJamesKirk.

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