Announced: Nov. 5, 2009
Carrier: Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ)
Price: $79.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate
Pros: The Eris is priced as an entry-level smartphone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, analysts said. NPD's Ross Rubin said the phone provides a solid showcase for the Sense UI, HTC's customer user interface. Creative Strategies' Bajarin also noted that the phone has the hallmarks of HTC's solid industrial design.
Cons: The phone has largely been surpassed by other, newer Android phones, most notably the HTC Droid Incredible.
Impact: Rubin said the "most interesting thing [about the Eris] may be that it may have contributed to Palm's (NASDAQ:PALM) misfortunes at Verizon and elsewhere because it was a very capable $99 smartphone, which is what the Pixi was intended to be."