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Galaxy Nexus on Verizon sparks rare but small Android lineup

updated 09:55 am EST, Thu December 15, 2011

Galaxy Nexus sparks first US Android line in ages

The Galaxy Nexus launch on Verizon has triggered rare if small lineups on Thursday. In New York City's Times Square store, reports had about 25 people in line. Visitors to a key Boston store also mentioned a noticeable line.

The lines weren't necessarily universal. More than one buyer reported being either the only one waiting or having very few other people besides themselves lined up.

Regardless of length, the queues are a rarity for Android devices in the US. While there were lines for the original Motorola Droid and a handful of Verizon launches for the HTC Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, and Motorola Droid X in 2010, they quickly began tapering off as devices had trouble standing out and the initial enthusiasm for high-end Android phones waned. The Galaxy Nexus is distinct as the only Android 4.0 phone released in 2011 and as the first in the US with a 720p AMOLED screen.

The lineups pale in comparison to those for the iPhone 4S, where many Apple stores worldwide saw hundreds and sometimes thousands wait hours in advance. Some of this has come from the reduced number of devices and pent-up demand, but Apple is seeing brisk sales and sell-outs two months later, showing that it has simply had more demand.

Samsung has tried to make fun of iPhone line-waiters in its TV spots and to spin a lack of lines for the Galaxy S II as a positive. The Galaxy Nexus lines suggest that many of Samsung's own potential fans would line up like their iPhone counterparts, but only if a similarly interesting Android phone was available.

(Images via Dave Mosher and Kristin MacDougall)

By Electronista Staff


  1. JBytes

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    Well Then...

    I suppose Samsung will just have to pull those adverts where they're making fun of iPhone users, won't they?

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  1. simon42

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    Further proof

    Apple fans are the ones who like to stand in line. But Android is making inroads even in that departement!

  1. dliup

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    Android copying yet again

    Android users wanted to copy iPhone users so badly they even now copying the lineups.

  1. Sue Nommi

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    To be fair

    This is a line at a Verizon store. To draw an honest comparison you'd have to compare it with a line at an AT&T store, not at an Apple Store as mentioned in the article.

    Let's be above using the sleazy kinds of tactics that Samsung uses.

  1. zer0

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    multilayered fail

    so a line mocking ad creates a line which mocks itself. priceless.

  1. peter02l

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    Actually ...

    They are filming commercials.

  1. DerekMorr

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    it's a nice phone

    I picked one up this morning. The phone is fast, light, and the screen is gorgeous.

  1. facebook_Tony

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    There were about 15 or so in line in Chicago before the store opened and a few more showed up once it opnened.

  1. slapppy

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    I hope this picture gets all over the net and mainstream media. Thats more than a dozen people. They are there even though no free concert tickets or shirts were offered! Simply amazing.... HUGE, huge crowd.

  1. testudo

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    Did anyone ask why they were standing in line? Perhaps they were just another set of occupy wall streeters waiting to use the can?

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