While DroidDoes bash the iPhone, DroidDoesn't come close to the weekend sales numbers of the popular smartphone.
At least that's the estimate coming from Broadpoint AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie. According to his math, Verizon Wireless had approximately 200,000 Motorola Droid units available at launch, and the nation's largest wireless carrier was able to liquidate approximately half of their inventory last weekend.
“I see the first few days as encouraging,” McKechnie said in a statement to Bloomberg. “There seems to be pretty good demand -- they’ve taken the right steps and picked a good partner with Google on the Android side."
The weekend sales numbers go up against Apple's iPhone 3GS, which sold over 1 million units during its weekend debut in June. There are many ways to compare the two, and the comparison may not be fair given Apple's App Store and the availability in numerous countries. Keeping that in mind, the device is clearly marketed by Verizon as a direct competitor to the iPhone, yet the estimates are closer to the Palm Pre's debut numbers (50,000) then those of the 3GS.
McKechnie went on to say that Motorola would sell approximately 1 million Android devices in the fourth quarter, and 10 million in 2010. All competition aside, it's nice to see Motorola in the game again.