Motorola DROID X included in the rare species list

Motorola DROID X included in the rare species list
In a move to state the obvious, an analyst from Gleacher & Co has concluded that the inventory of the Motorola DROID X is very low. The drool-worthy Android handset has been hard to find both at Verizon stores and online for some time now, and the incoming stockpile is dwindling solely to cover the already submitted pre-orders.

We are seeing this inability to meet initial demand more and more with flagship handsets recently. It might be due to underestimated demand, or it might come courtesy of an inefficient supply chain. Regardless of what is the case here, the shipping date for online orders of the Motorola DROID X has been moved to August the 4th now.

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34 Comments

1. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

I don't understand how carriers can release a phone, and not anticipate the demand. The Droid X is the most heavily marketed device Verizon ever launched, how can you not expect HUGE demand?? This is not the first time this has happened, Droid Incredible, Evo 4G for Sprint. I would be so pissed right now if I wanted this phone and it wasn't available. As much as I hate the iPhone, at least they were able to meet demand, and demand was HUGE!

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think it's different between Verizon and Sprint. Verizon comes out with a new Android phone every 5 or 6 months. Because of that, I think it's difficult to anticipate the demand of the phone and so it was purposefully understocked just in case the phone didn't take off like they wanted. Sprint...I have no excuse for. This was by far the sweetest phone they've come out with and they should have assumed that the first phone to work on WiMAX as well as the first powerful Android out there. There is no reason why Sprint shouldn't have asked for a huge stock of the EVO. With the amount of people that came out for the Instinct and the Palm Pre. They should have known. But it may also be that both companies want to make you believe the demand is much larger than it is. Sell out of something quickly and people believe that it's a hot selling item, even if you only sold 100 of them. We don't know how many Droid X's were sold and the Evo's sell out number isn't that huge, mostly because Sprint was understocked.

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

if you wanted the droid x so badly, you would have waited in line, got at your store before 12, or ordered online before 2 on release day. people who truly wanted the droid x won't wake up a week later and say, "i want a droid x so bad."

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly, i had mine on preorder the first day it became available to and i picked it up at 10 am on launch day at best buy right when they opened.

13. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

That's not the point. Can you read?

14. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Yea, you have a point fanman....but at the same time most people aren't phone whores like we are and some might have just found out about the phone. And advertising doesn't hit everywhere at the same time!

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ya.

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

The difference is if you "under order" you sell out and meet the damand of the sale then you get Market projections of the demand for the device to order more. If you order to much you end up haveing old phones sitting in your inventory forever like Sprint Palm Pre's and HTC Touch Pro 2's that nobody is going to buy. Not only that but by having a massive inventory the phone isnt as rare or desireable and leaves you vonerable to a better phone launching in the mean time. Imagine for a second that At&t opted for 1 million iPhone handsets and then WAM! A dominating Droid handset comes out and At&t cant sell all their phone because they orderd to many, that would be phone suicide! Cough cough, Kin phone, cough cough.

23. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

The Kin was a joke! It was aimed at teens only. Never before has Verizon marketed a phones as heavily as both Moto Droids. If your gonna hype the phone like that, don't run out of inventory. Kind of makes you look foolish! Then customers that wanted the Droid X, but can't get one, might end up going to AT&T and getting a stupid iPhone. Some people aren't patient enough to wait around for inventory to replenish. AT&T sold more iPhone4's than Verizon sold the Drioid X, did they run out of stock? NO!

29. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I think Verizon is doing this because they don't want to sell anymore of these phones until they start the tiered data pricing plans in a few days.

31. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Nice try, but no.

34. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Why not? What other reason is there? The incredible has its reason; limited amoled displays. What is the Droid X's excuse?

3. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

Motorola failed with this phone anyway without it not having a front facing camera like the all mighty EVO or even the iPhone. I'd wait till fall to upgrade if I had Verizon. I'm sure they'll be catching up by then with a phone that can compare to the EVO, and hopefully have 4G as well. Sprint's HTC EVO 4G is best out right now "in my opinion."

4. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

Fail? Really? Not a chance in hell. Front facing cameras are a novelty at best right now. Have fun calling your one friend with that camera. The all mighty Droid X owns the EVO anyway.

7. anarkie

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Both the Evo and X are great phones. Why do you care to incite a pissing war? Ok, the Evo has the front cam. The X has a better GPU. In all technicality, the GPU takes a load off of the CPU, and helps the phone work faster and smoother. It's now your choice which one you'd rather have.

11. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

really? who do you know who uses the front facing camera? didnt think so...

18. Sinaps

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

@gambino37 "Have fun calling your one friend" hahaha that made me laugh x]

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"The Evo is better!" "No, the Droid kicks its ass." "But-but-but the kickstand!...and the front facing camera!..."

33. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

The main problem with the X is its a HUGE monstrosity.

5. c3money88

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

How can you say verizon has that excuse and sprint does not? The incredible came out in April and Droid x in July thats a two month difference. The Evo came out in June and now the Epic 4g is coming next month also a 2month seperation. I dont believe its a good excuse either way but its unfair to say one company can use that excuse and the other can't. Samsung has sold a ton of Galaxy S phones worldwide and hasn't mentioned supply problems so hopefully the Epic wont have this problem.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

That was due to amoled display shortages.

15. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

And Samsung manufactures those amoled displays....coincidence? Samsung is just giving its leftovers.

20. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

@Rory, I bet its on D-Fill only....I bet VZ knew about the phone coming and put the Droid Inc, on a "order direct" only to avoid over packing the inventory and underselling the phone. Honestly I saw the Droid X and I like my incredible better, the screen is crisper and the phone build seems more solid to me. Not only that its just a bad ass phone!

25. carfreak715

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

same here. i love my incredible, but the droid x is also a nice phone. but i would prefer the incredible because i really, really enjoy sense ui. but still, i still like the droid x though.

32. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Sense UI is realy fancy, I get bored of it sometimes though, I bought Launcher PRO Plus. I like my Camera, and AMOLED screen. I put my phone up to me old droid and the difference in resolutions and "crispy-ness" is far superior. Plus its Black and Red, how can you beat that? I would like 720p video recording, but I really think thats a software issue not hardware, so hopefully we will see that change, if so, Ill be keeping this phone until something 4G comes out.

10. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I ordered my Droid X last Tuesday, late in the afternoon. FedEx dropped it off yesterday. Needless to say i was pumped. This is by far the best smartphone i have seen/used in a long time! I could give a flying fuck about a front facing camera....what a gimmick. This phone really does it all and most importantly does it VERY WELL!

12. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

I ordered mine Thursday July 22 and they told me I wouldn't have it until August 5th, but it's being delivered today (July 27). They are using that as a date to keep customers from probably calling them and bugging them about when is the phone coming.

17. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Or like me fanman who was there and waiting before the store opened

21. lebarman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

I ordered mine on July 24th and i arrived today(July 27th), i was expecting to wait weeks and got it days later!

24. stix26

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

Remember too when VZW launched the Droid1 no one bought if for weeks to make sure it was a good device. And the beloved iPhone was at one point backorderd for 3 weeks. And wasn't there a white one comming out...o ya that is not delayed another month. If a great phone like the Droid X is not in stock and it is not per stupid samsung and thre Amoled shortages, its due to demand only and thats a good thing. i would rather wait for a good thing. I didn't wait per i orderd mine online the night it came out.

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