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Official numbers are not being offered by Verizon or Motorola

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 Gio6518 on 11/10/2009 7:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
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

wow thats a shame you lack the talent, your right if you can't do it so the phone sucks.

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.

HMMMMMMM thought the storms screen was bigger but may be wrong, and with OS 5.0 has all the same features and capabilities..i'll agree it does take a while to boot after a battery pull but never had a reason to turn it off, and if it is so dumb why is the iphone constantly being cracked and hacked, and you do have a choice of browsers I.E. opera

LOL Kind of funny your comments make me think of a MAC person going my OS X is much better than my 486dx running windows 95

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By sigmatau on 11/10/2009 7:58:55 PM , Rating: 1
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? LOL! You are horrible at making an argument. Like I said, it is quicker to desing a webpage than make a theme for that crap. I can't believe anyone would defend a Blackberry compared to some of the new full screen smart phones that have been out for more than a couple of years.

The storm is ok, but again, the hardware is weak, the software is buggy. Motorola has done a much better job on their Druid vs the Storm.

Hey I own a Blackberry, so I can comment how I want. I think they are the dumbest smart phones available. Small screens/weak hardware equal better battery life. I guess you can't take it when someone shoots your argument down about great battery life on a Blackberry. Try that on a Storm btw.

Droid > Any Blackberry. Nice work Motorola!

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By Gio6518 on 11/10/2009 8:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
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?

my 13 year old can whip out incredible themes in 30 min or less, and with custom icon packs its not that hard. he's constantly getting requests and gets paid for them, just because you dont have the skills to do so doesnt mean it's difficult for others.

I guess you can't take it when someone shoots your argument down

sure i can you just havent done so yet, your arguments lack any merit or validation, just your personal viewpoint.

droid is the first phone to use android 2.0 which is step by step comperable to blackberry os 5.0, guess your just not up to par on your tech.

games though i like to play real games not crappy phone games well their coming to blackberry too

though your bringing a smile to my face and a hearty much needed laugh your ignorance is starting to get boring, but rest assured i will look for other comments you make whenever i need a good laugh.............

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By sigmatau on 11/10/2009 8:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
Wow you are really bad at making an argument. Not only did you ignore 90% of what I said, you are still making a sad argument.

I can take several hours to learn plazmic and then it would probably take me 30m to make a theme too. Most people that I saw posting make very simple ones. I was looking for a very different one compared to only different icons/wallpapers. I'm sure your 13 year old relative has way more time to spend on that than I do. Again, I can make a webpage faster than a theme which I think is stupid. Anyways, if that's the only way to get a decent theme, pass.

So, back to your initial point about battery life that I shot down... still no comment? Half a screen/old hardware does make for good battery life, no?

RE: The Moto Droid is an awesome phone
By Alexstarfire on 11/10/2009 10:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
We get it, you care about looks more than anything else.

Also, while I haven't used the programs mentioned I can only assume that you are basically building a theme from scratch. You say it would take a long time to learn how to do that, but they you talk about how easy it is to make a web page. Have you ever made a web page from scratch, like HTML, Java(Script), etc. I'm quite sure it takes a lot longer to learn how to do that, unless you want a basic webpage with minimal features, than it does to learn that program. I'm not saying that you should be forced to learn it, but a theme really isn't a big deal to most people, save yourself apparently. I'm just saying that you need to make a fair comparison.

By sigmatau on 11/10/2009 11:07:08 PM , Rating: 2
The theme has much to do with functionality. If you can't customize the home screen of your phone with the icons/widgets you want, how many of them that you want, and make your theme to do that without using a complex program that has a 200+ page manual, then that phone is not that smart at all. That was just one point, but someone said to use a program called plazmic which was really dumb. This program not only doesn't have a simple way to do this, you actualy have to take hours to learn the program if you want to do something other than change the icons/wallpaper.

By sigmatau on 11/10/2009 9:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and I'm not sure if you missed it, but the Storm gets horrible battery life too. You know, the one with a real screen?

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