Bloomberg reports that Motorola
about 100,000 Droid phones the first weekend it was available.
Verizon Wireless reportedly had about 200,000 Droids on hand and
stores sold about half their stock on opening weekend. Analysts
predict that Motorola will sell a million phones that run Android,
counting the Droid and others, in Q4 2009.
Motorola selling about 10 million Android phones in 2010. The Droid
is competing against the iPhone for market dominance and is hailed by
many as one of the fittest challengers to the Apple device yet.
Still, the launch of the Droid was nothing compared to the massive
launch of the iPhone.
Analyst Jim Suva from Citigroup said,
"It wasn’t as good as the iPhone, but anybody that was
expecting that had their expectations too high." Suva recommends
buying Motorola shares.
The Droid sells for $199.99 after a
$100 mail-in rebate making it more expensive than the 16GB iPhone 3GS
which can be had for $199 with no rebate required. However, the
iPhone is hamstrung by a notoriously shoddy AT&T 3G network that
results in significant amounts of dropped calls and patchy 3G
connectivity in even the largest cities.
McKechnie said, "I see the first few days as encouraging. There
seems to be pretty good demand -- they’ve taken the right steps and
picked a good partner with Google on the Android side."
all analysts are convinced that the Droid or Android-powered devices
in general will resonate with shoppers. Tero Kuittinen told
Bloomberg, "I have this nagging suspicion that Android is
being overestimated by technology enthusiasts." He is advising
investors to sell Motorola shares.
quote: Battery life is crappy on all smart phones though.
quote: Don't compare a Blackberry to a real multimedia smart phone. Big difference
quote: I own one and hate it to death. I can't find any themes for it
quote: LOL! See if you can find a theme for a 8350 or 8520. They are out there but they all suck. The ones with animations slow the phone down or bug out where you have to restart the phone which takes over 5 minutes to restart. I'm not going to spend a hours learning plazmic (which I did download btw) to make a theme. Most of the themes that I see people posting using plazmic are very simple, and this is after hours are spent figuring how to use the program. 10's of thousands of themes? LOL!!! You mean more like 10 different ones that don't simply have different icons/wallpapers? Most of the themes just replace the wallpapers which is completly useless. I can make a webpage faster than I can make a theme for those crappy phones
quote: Blackberries are the dumbest smart phones available. Very small screens, horrible web browser, not the best keyboards, horrible apps, the worst games ever, and crappy hardware. Why in the world does it take over 5m to restart the phone after a battery pull? I think most that like them are new to smart phones. I liked mine for no more than 2 months and then I saw how crappy they are compared to other full screen smart phones.
quote: Wow, so the only way to get a decent theme on a Blackberry is to download a somewhat complex piece of software and take several hours learning how to use it to create one?
quote: I guess you can't take it when someone shoots your argument down