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Verizon ships Droid Eris, Curve 8530

updated 09:45 am EST, Thu November 5, 2009

HTC Droid Eris and Curve 8530 hit VZW

Verizon this morning preceded the launch of the Motorola Droid two expected new smartphones, including its second Android phone. The HTC Droid Eris, also known as the Desire, is Verizon's interpretation of the Hero and comes in an all-black design with touch-sensitive buttons below the 3.2-inch screen as well as a trackball for one-handed use. It still carries the 5-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi, and still uses HTC's original Sense UI layer and built-in web browser Flash.

The Droid Eris will come with an 8GB microSDHC card preloaded and will partly undercut Sprint's price for the Hero, costing $100 on contract but only after a $100 mail-in rebate. It should ship on Friday alongside the Motorola flagship.

Arriving in sync with the Droid is the BlackBerry Curve 8530. It adapts the existing 8520 to CDMA networks and brings 3G through EVDO, eliminating the 8520's primary weakness. It still touts 802.11g Wi-Fi, GPS and the new trackpad control; its sacrifices versus the Tour are a lower-resolution 320x240 display, a simpler 2-megapixel camera and the absence of a secondary GSM mode. The new Curve sells for the same $100 after contract and rebate but will only be available on November 20th.

The introductions support notions of a major smartphone push at Verizon aimed at overthrowing AT&T's self-proclaimed control of the high end market through handsets like the iPhone. As many as 15 smartphones could be unveiled before the end of 2009 depending on development and the early success of the Droid line.

by MacNN Staff



  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Droid doesn't do multi-touch

    Of course they need to precede it with the Eris, because the US version of the Motorola Droid won't even have a multi-touch screen. Great job Verizon coming up with yet another iPhone-wannabe failure.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, it doesn't do multitouch. Who cares?

    If it did multitouch, you'd be pissing on Verizon for trying to copy Apple's products.

  1. nerdbunnie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not sure if you were referring to the Motorola Droid, but the Eris does indeed do multitouch, at least for zooming. You can see this in action at

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Define iPhone wanna be

    Because I don't want my phone to be anything like the iPhone: buggy, hardware riddeled failures, one-way sync, locked development cycle, and the manufacturer decides what I can't and can't use on the phone complete with ability to kill switch a series of apps on a whim.

    I had 4 EDGE iPhones and switched to a G1. In the same period of time with the G1, I'm still using it. The touch screen is acting up, because my parrot got ahold of the phone and unsnapped most of the upper bezel around the screen. I was not impressed or happy when Apple's response was buy the 3G, they don't even pretend to make a phone that lasts two years. It barely lasts the warranty. I've seen this repeated with the 3G and the 3GS as well.

    My third replacement iPhone overheated and tried to explode, separating its touch layer from the glass, in only 4 months.

    I'll stick with the Android from HTC or Motorola, thanks. They know how to make phones, and Google knows what I want an a phone OS.

    "Plug in to sync" that's so 90s. I punch in my password and my data is pulled down from the cloud. Welcome to today. Oh and that's FREE, I don't need a $99 a year account to do that.

    But Apple people throw money away like fat people throw away veggies: often.

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