Last week I came back to my office to find a present waiting for my on my desk: an HTC Droid Eris smartphone!
Since this phone is being issued to me as a corporate asset, I'm required to use the phone for business purposes only. That means that the phone can only be used for business phone calls and email only. (If I need to make personal calls or send personal email, I'll have my Palm Pre for that.)
So here are some pictures of the Eris being unboxed. The first thing that I noticed when I took the Eris out of the box was how thin and light it felt; something that I will appreciate since I will be required to carry two phones most of the time. The Google Android OS is on par with Apple's iPhone OS and Palm's webOS. The Verizon edition of the Eris ships with Android 1.5 installed. If some of the rumors on the Internet are to be believed, HTC and Verizon are working on an Android 2.0 update, however, the ticking point is the porting of HTC's custom Sense UI to the Android 2.0 platform.
Unlike the Motorola Droid that I recently reviewed, the HTC Eris lacks a physical keyboard. I'll have to get used to that, but it is the price you have to pay to get a thin device.
I'll have some more thoughts and impressions on the HTC Droid Eris as time goes on.