The first serious competitor to Apple’s iPhone hit the streets of New York today. At most a few dozen people queued up in line to be the first to buy Motorola’s Droid on Verizon. Marguerite Reardon on CNET:
From New York to San Francisco, most stores around the country had few if any lines when doors opened Friday morning. There was a handful of people waiting outside at the Verizon Wireless store on West 34th Street here in Manhattan. And about 20 people waited in line outside a store here on Sixth Avenue, as well as at one in Clifton, N.J., Verizon officials said.
David Pogue on CNBC when asked which he would choose, the iPhone or the Droid:
Agreed. From what I’ve seen of the Droid it’s a worthy competitor running on a better network than AT&T. Will the Droid have the success of the iPhone? It’s unlikely, given the iPhone App Store and a two year head start. However, I predict that Android will demolish Windows Mobile, seriously hurt RIM’s BlackBerry dominance, slow iPhone’s growth, damage Nokia and Symbian, and further fragment the so-called smart phone or app phone market. Apple’s share will be substantial but no one will dominate in the future.