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Droid Squeaks To Market 24 Hours Earlier Than iPhone 4

Seven months ago, the original Droid reported selling over 100,000 devices during its launch weekend. However, since that was considerably less than the 1.6 million iPhone 3GS phones sold by Apple during its June, 2009 debut - this go-around Google is initiating a preemptive marketing strike to hopefully beat Apple at its own game.

Don't know if reaching market one day earlier is going to do the trick, but Google, Verizon, Motorola and Adobe are banking on June 23rd becoming a banner sales day - stealing Apple' iPhone 4 thunder.

According to reports, both the Droid 2 and the Droid X may appear at launch on this momentous day - the former, a physical keyboard model with a lot of advance features, and the latter, "a big bold iPhone killer if there ever was one."

iPhone FanboysiPhone FanboysApple, even with the one day delay has a fan base that could almost be considered a 'cult following' (see "Cupidtino, Apple's Social Networking iJoke"). Fanboys and Fangirls are passionate aficionados or supporters of a product or service - an the Apple version of these fans are almost rabid in their lust to become first adopters of all-things-Apple. The iPhone 4's pre-orders are excessive and based on heavy demand have actually taken down the Apple.com and  AT&T servers.




The blame for the pre-order failure looks to fall squarely on AT&T's shoulders as we learn more about what went wrong. The most damaging of these may be an source close to the carrier which now claims the AT&T system was not tested before the launch.

According to an Engadget report on June 15, here is how the Droid stacks up against the new iPhone 4.

  • Size — Droid X is notably bigger than an iPhone. Its display is 4.4 inches diagonal, much larger than the iPhone’s 3.5 inches.
  • Display — Droid X’s larger screen is 854 x 480 pixels. No way can it match the smoothness of the iPhone’s 960 x 640 pixels in a smaller space.
  • Shininess — Droid has mirrored trim around its display, which unfortunately may make it competitive with the iPhone in the squinty-glossiness department.
  • Software — Engadget confirmed the Droid X prototype their spy handled runs Android 2.1 with an upgraded version of Motorola’s  Motoblur software. In short, it’ll do real multitasking as opposed to the iPhone’s sort-of-multitasking, with the caveat that you can probably run your battery down a lot faster, too.The Droid X prototype had a Blockbuster app pre-installed.
  • Camera — Droid X’s 8 megapixel camera sounds better than iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel hardware, but Engadget’s spy found it harder to take good photos or shoot rock-steady video. I warn you, Nokia’s N8 due this fall will challenge everyone with its 12 megapixel, oversize-sensor camera hardware.
  • Keyboard — The Droid sports a “multitouch keyboard” and Swype software that really excited Engadget’s tester. See the video of it in action below.
  • Raw speed – Close race between the Droid’s 1GHz ARMv7 processor and the iPhone’s A4 chip - just as important, both phones have much better graphics performance than previous models. You’ll no longer tap and wait. Or swipe and wait.

Does all those bells and whistles, plus the one-day lead time sound like enough momentum to secure Droid the front-runner spot and potentially a greater return than the Apple's iPhone 4? Vote in our POLL and let us know your thoughts?

Update- June 17 - PC World - Apple has pushed back the delivery date for iPhone 4 advance sales even more. The U.S. Apple Store is now showing that iPhone 4 pre-orders will ship by July 14, a 12-day delay to the original postponed delivery date of July 2.

 

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Comments
Jun 28, 2010
by Anonymous

Can you believe PCMag gave Droid X 'Editor's Choice'?

I thought it was kind of amazing that PCMag gave this phone the Editor's Choice, albeit with the caveat that it was limited to 'Verizon' offerings.

1. Review stated the phone had 'occasional freezes and slowdowns' which makes me wonder if it is more beta than ready for release.

2. No front facing camera. Having tried VideoChat, I must say I'm more impressed than I originally thought (may have some real medical applications too.)

3. 854 by 480 screen:Why yet another screen resolution for Android? More incompatibilities?

4. "Droid X captures 720p video at 24 frames per second, which played smoothly on my Mac and PC, although I couldn't play it on the very phone I captured it with." - this has to be a joke...What would people say if Apple did this!

5. "took me two hours to download "Shutter Island" over Wi-Fi." from Blockbuster. iTunes is sounding better and better.

6. "HD out only works with the X's built-in photo and video gallery app—not with YouTube, nor V CAST, nor Blockbuster. And I couldn't get the phone to play any 720p videos, not even ones I recorded with the phone itself." Who needs HDMI if you can't use it?

7. No simultaneous voice and data on Verizon with either the Droid X, Droid Incredible (and even the Sprint EVO 4G!)