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Android is coming on strong as the OS of choice for many device makers in the smartphone world. Many consumers are also flocking to carriers that offer Android devices. The Motorola Droid launched officially on Verizon recently and the first weekend sales estimates are in.

Bloomberg reports that Motorola moved 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.

Predictions have 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.

Analyst Mark 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."

Not 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.

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RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By Drag0nFire on 11/10/2009 5:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking of getting the Droid, so I have to ask:

How bad is the battery life?

I'm assuming big screen + small battery = 1 day or so?

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By anotherdude on 11/10/2009 6:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
So far the one day sounds about right IF you are not doing a lot of heavy 3g or WiFi activities, in which case my early experience would indicate you'll get probably 5 -7 hours or so. I went down to 60% after about 2 1/2 hours of streaming Pandora to my bluetooth headphones. I really don't expect any standard battery to do a lot better than that though. I'll do what I did with my Winmo phone; carry a spare battery. Thanks for making that possible Moto! The lack of that and the crapiness of ATT are main reasons I held off getting an iPhone and now I'm so gald I waited.

All over town even in the basement of a hospitol I was getting between 1 and 2k per second. The 3g speed and coverage is awesome.

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By anotherdude on 11/10/2009 6:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
uh, the above should read 'between 1 and 2 M per second'.

By anotherdude on 11/10/2009 6:17:15 PM , Rating: 1
m he he

By mcnabney on 11/10/2009 6:12:41 PM , Rating: 2
Independent web sites have torture tested it and will drain a battery in 7 hours. But that is running the CPU at 100%, all radios active (Wifi, Bluetooth, EVDO, CDMA), GPS on, and screen at full brightness.
I have been putting mine in the craddle (a must have!) every night and I have not been down more than 2 bars. That is with lots of online use and maybe 45 minutes of talk time per day, Bluetooth on, GPS on, WiFi generally off, and the screen at a fairly bright setting. Car mount seems pretty cool. If I give my Garmin to my dad I will have to pick one up.

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