The Verizon HTC Droid Eris and the RIM Blackberry Curve -- namely models 8530 and 9330, respectively -- are two smartphones based on the Verizon carrier that were introduced concurrently in 2009. These phones were part of Verizon's new crop of phones that year to challenge AT&T's dominance in the high end phone market.
The Blackberry Curve 9330 is a version of the Curve that was released in 2010; it differs from the 8530 by being more lightweight, with higher internal memory storage. It also received slightly higher ratings than the 8530 from "PC Magazine." The Droid Eris measures 55 mm by 113 mm by 13 mm and weighs 109 g, while the Blackberry Curve 9330 weighs in at 105 g, measuring 4.3 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.55 inches. The screen size for the Eris is 3.2 inches, whereas the Curve's screen is 2.5 inches. Form-wise, the Curve is a candybar phone while the Eris is a slate.
Battery, Memory, Specs
Both phones have lithium ion battery capability, with 1150 mAH capacity for the Curve 9330 and 1300 mAH for the Droid Eris. Memory for the two phones are both internal and removable: the Eris has 512 MB of internal memory and 288 MB RAM, while the Curve 9330 has 325 MB internal memory and 512 MB RAM. Both phones have a maximum external memory capacity of 32 GB, with the Droid inclusive of 8 GB additional memory. The Eris is based on the Android operating system, whereas the Blackberry has its own OS.
The two phones have varying types of features: the Droid Eris has an accelerometer, which is a device that measures tilt, orientation and motion on your phone; both phones have built-in cameras but the Curve does not have a flash; both phones have GPS and a video camera but the Eris has a touch screen whereas the Curve does not.
While Verizon is the carrier for both phones, the Blackberry Curve also operates through Sprint. The 2G and 3G networks the Blackberry Curve and Droid Eris use are the same; they both rely on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks for 2G and EVDO, or Evolution Data Optimized service, for 3G, which has data rates of up to 800 Kbps. Both phones connect wirelessly via 802.11 b/g and have Bluetooth.
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