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Moto Droid goes on sale in NYC

updated 12:00 am EST, Fri November 6, 2009

Droid launches at 34th St store

As promised, Verizon tonight launched the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris at its primary retail store on 34th Street in New York City. The midnight opening is the first official launch in the country but follows numerous reports from those who have visited Best Buy and Walmart stores and successfully obtained the phone ahead of its official street date. Walmart Super Center stores are also typically opening sales at midnight, though the next earliest opportunity will involve the 7AM and 8AM openings at some non-mall Verizon stores.

Many reports have also surfaced of Verizon stores carrying ample amounts of stock, with even smaller stores having as many as 50 units on hand while larger stores range into the hundreds. The stock situation is in areas comparable to the iPhone 3GS launch, where supply was often universally healthy, but is a distinct improvement over the June launch of the Palm Pre at Sprint where many official stores had at most a few dozen units and third-party retailers often had as few as one or two.

Although only fully revealed just over a week ago, the Droid is increasingly being seen as Verizon's most important device of the entire year and signals both a more visible commitment to open platforms like Android 2.0 as well as a rapid dismissal of BlackBerries as part of its main smartphone strategy. Verizon has launched the Storm2 and Curve 8530 but has timed both releases to directly coincide with its higher-profile Droid-branded phones and guaranteed reduced attention for both.

In addition to being a flagship for both Google and Verizon, the Droid may represent a watershed for mobile GPS as the presence of Google Maps Navigation gives the smartphone one of the first truly free yet advanced turn-by-turn navigation apps bundled with a phone.

Readers who have bought a Droid or attended an early opening are encouraged to share their stories both in comments or through our contact page.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. danviento

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2005

    +1

    Website Critique

    Their website is quite clever, in terms of execution and layout. the fact that you can run multiple apps is a decent selling point. That seems to be the main hype, along with network coverage, but that seems to be all they really can talk about.

    Verizon still seems to stop syncing of your media content short of moving data across their network (and charging your for it). For someone so used to syncing an iPod at no cost besides the purchase of the content, it seems ridiculous. I'm stuck with VZW for the moment, so I considered the droid. With this last restriction, though, it's not worth the money or the contract.

    There's a reason why VZW said no to the iPhone: syncing goes against their business model. The same still holds true, even after loosing so many accounts. Will they ever learn? Time will tell. Anyone have a cost/benefit analysis of charging people for moving data vs. loosing accounts to AT&T and the iPhone?

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    +1

    @danviento

    "There's a reason why VZW said no to the iPhone: syncing goes against their business model."

    Bingo. Verizon still wants to nickel and dime you. Like the music industry execs, their minds are stuck in what worked in the past.

    If you have to have Verizon because of coverage, then you do what you do. If you can use / get by with AT&Ts coverage..... then one should strongly check out AT&T.

    For free McDonalds wifi and
    ....... repeat software updates from Apple for free.
    ....... 100,000 apps many for free
    ...... long use life of smart phones vs each one quits growing as the new one comes out


    well you get the idea.

    Verizon, sorry but its a bad business model.

    Just a thought.
    en

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