Motorola DROID on target for 1 million units sold by end of year

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Motorola DROID on target for 1 million units sold by end of year
The Motorola DROID has been selling like hotcakes, at least hotcakes with Android 2.0. According to RBC Capital Analyst Mark Sue, sales figures are showing a current total of 700,000 to 800,000 handsets sold which should allow for at least 1 million DROIDS crossing the register by the end of the year. A $100 million ad campaign helps, but so does the fact that the DROID is Verizon's first real iPhone challenger."Verizon's big marketing push for the DROID is strengthening as we close in on the holidays," the RBC analyst says. Comments by DROID users noted by Barron's show praise for the resolution of the screen, which at 480 X 854 pixels, is currently the sharpest and clearest display out in the market, and for the fast processor. Complaints were made about the weight of the device, which is built like a tank, as some have described the model. The analyst also notes that sales of the Motorola CLIQ with the social networking MOTOBLUR UI and its overseas version, the DEXT, have been "okay", but "not great".

Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron is a little more reserved. He estimates that sales of the world's only Android 2.0 handset are running slightly behind target and he sees a total of 750,000 units sold for the quarter. He expects only 150,000-200,000 CLIQ handsets to be sold and says that T-Mobile has backed away from promoting the device. He also blames the battery life as a dealbreaker for purchase of the CLIQ and says that Motorola is preparing a upgrade to improve that. T-Mobile defends its promotion of the model as a spokesman for the carrier says that, "The Motorola CLIQ is very popular among our highly connected customers and is the only device with Motorola's innovative MOTORBLUR solution. T-Mobile is excited about the Motorola CLIQ for the holidays and continues to showcase it prominently." As for the manufacturer, Kidron says some models will be hits and some not, but that the Schaumburg based company is heading toward showing a profit in 2010.

Returning to the DROID, Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney says, "We are pleased with sales over the holiday weekend. This phone clearly fits the needs of a number of customers  who are excited about its availability on the Verizon Wireless network." Are you a DROID owner? Still happy to be one? Let us know how you feel about Big Red's honest-to-goodness, real iPhone challenger.

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source: Barron's, CNET

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19 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i am a proud droid owner, and it is definitly an iphone slammer. plus it's on the nations most reliable network. DROID, ftw.

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea no.

15. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i love my droid. and i like the iphone, hova, but besides a fast processor and apps it really doesnt have that much! no offense ofcourse. but i guess you have to be an iphone owner to know.

2. ggp unregistered

LOVE my DROID! I've had it for two weeks now, no problems at all, and I'm thrilled with all the things it helps me do! And CUSTOMIZABLE to new heights!!! What I want, where I want it... even things I didn't know I needed, but can't live without now. Amazing phone!

3. josuearisty

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

wow, DROID did it, i like that phone

4. camelon02

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2009

I ran out to get the Droid when it first launched. It has it's challenges, sure....but I am confident that much of that will be fixed in the upcoming updates from Motorola/Google/Verizon Wireless. Every time I think of something I'd "like" to be able to do on my device, it seems like there is a program available in the Android Market. From the Dolphin Browser to Shape Writer, the applications that enhance my ability to use the device seem endless. The key to the device is not necessarily the application availability, but the network it works upon. Several friends of mine LOVE their iPhone, but were envious that I didn't have to rely on a WiFi hotspot to use the higher speed network on my Droid. It's definitely kept my confidence in the carrier and helped to make the device even more enjoyable to use.

5. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

I have an HTC Touch Pro 2 but I got the Motorola Droid for the wife who absolutely loves it. Before we got married last year, she had AT&T and the iphone. She liked it alright (I hated it), but not enough in that I easily convinced her to join my verizon account after we got married last July. She started with the Storm, didn't like it, and then the Omnia, which was alright, until she got the Droid and she fell in love with it and says its easily the best phone she has ever owned. Just for anecdotal purposes, we were shopping at Belk the other day and she pulled up a coupon with an app she has on the phone and they were able to scan it right on the phone so we didn't have to have the coupon in hand, which saved me $15 so I love that phone even more now

6. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

I have to say that I absolutely dislike most vzw phones but the droid is the fastest and nicest phone they have had ever. I have always bashed vzw for not having good phones but boy did they finally make a right choice. I was really sketchy at first but when i got to play with it...im not surprised why it is selling like crazy.

7. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

droooiid

8. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

I LOVE MY DROID

9. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

AT&T/IPHONE USERS KEEP OUT!!! VERIZON/DROID USERS ONLY!!!

16. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

What an idiot. You think that VZW and Droid users stay out of iPhone articles?? O.K. Mr. PhoneArena Moderator...

10. superjew

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 02, 2009

Not only do I love my droid, but I am typing this post on it right now! Ooooo did I just blow all your minds? Yea, the droid is just a pleasure to work with, and the ability to customize it is stellar. Oh, and I. Have a great signal EVERYWHERE.

11. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

i'll back up droid os. i like ZV as well. what makes my skin fall off is the fact that motorola made this thing... i can't recall the last cdma device they made that was worth looking at (not feature wise but quality wise). what was it, 3 years ago moto decided to cut their unit cost by 50% per device? their quality control is balls. any truly happy moto users out there in sprint, verizon, or altell? i hear crickets. just saddens me that a good carrier took up a good design that was manufactured by one of the worst cdma phone companies alive. we'll see how the reiability of this device is in the long run. Ooooo did I just blow all your minds? bwahaha

13. thetwiztidfreak

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 03, 2009

love my droid had it since launch day! :)

14. michcarguy

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 26, 2009

Love my Droid! 3G is ridiculously fast and signal is FANTASTIC!I get full signal where my old phones could barely pull 1 or 2 bars. Does everything I wanted it to do and a TON more and and the apps are getting better and better as time goes on. All my friends love to play with the phone and want it! Definitely an amazing leap for Verizon. Verizon, you have once again retained a loyal customer!

17. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Ok, I'd like to get past this rivalry between the iPhone and Droid. I'm thinking about picking up a Motorola Droid. What features does it have and not have? Can someone compare it to the Blackberry Tour or Curve for example?

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Compare it to Blackberry? Okay. :) 1. While you can hit the power button on a Blackberry and go off to have a cup of coffee, take a whiz, and check your stocks while it's booting up, the Droid gets to its home screen inside of 60 seconds. 2. In the bowels of a library or other huge building that blocks cell signal so you can't check your email on the network? If it has wifi, no worries. Just hook up that way. 3. Multiple apps, multiple apps, multiple apps. Blackberries are nice, but holy guacamole are they slow. If you challenge a Blackberry's processor it'll tuck its tail between its legs and run off whimpering. The Droid has more horsepower than the desktop I had in high school. 4. The screen. God is it gorgeous.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

(edit: wizz, not whiz. And I meant inside of 30 seconds, not 60.) 5. Normally "activation" is the worst call quality you'll ever get. On Droid it sounds like the best calls I've heard on normal phones. Oh yeah, it's loud too. That thing rings, you're going to hear it. Across the house. 6. Android market. Open source= a world of possibilities. 7. Much better web browser and video playback. 8. Probable reliability: When Storm came out, you could fill a room with new owners of it, throw a pebble, and nail someone who had a major issue with it. So far, I haven't had anyone coming in with any major frustration to report. 9. The thing IS built like a frickin' tank. I imagine it'd survive better than the chintzy feeling screen on the storm. 10. PRE INSTALLED 16 GIG MEMORY CARD. What it doesn't have? Global capability. Waaah. International roaming's ridiculous anyway. Use a landline if you're in Thailand, you sex tourist.

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