Here's how I would make the decision: consider the pros/cons and these important points:
- Remember that an average smartphone only lasts approximately 2-3 years. So, you're not investing in something that you'll be keeping "long-term." The Motorola Droid is $199 and the HTC Droid Eris is now only $79. The delta is $120 and I'm sure you could use that cash somewhere else. You could even save that towards your next smartphone!
- If you're dependent on a physical keyboard (or thumb board) to type and enter text, then get a smartphone that has a physical QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Droid is the only Android smartphone on Verizon that currently has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
- If you plan to watch videos, movies, and TV on your smartphone, then get the device that has the larger screen (Motorola Droid).
- Are you a power user? Do you need a super-fast processor? Then get the Motorola Droid.
- Want a small and slim smartphone that you can easily place in your pocket? Go for the HTC Droid Eris.
- Plan to use your smartphone as a GPS navigator? Currently, the Motorola Droid offers turn-by-turn navigation through Google Maps and we don't know if this feature will become available on the HTC Droid Eris. (you can always purchase third-party GPS navigation software for any Android smartphone)