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Verizon Droid makes a strong first week showing

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Maybe it wasn't the iPhone-obliterating launch that some Droid-loving pundits predicted. But according to one media tracking firm, more than 250,000 people picked up a Droid handset last week – a major-league kick-off, no matter which way you slice it.

First, a recap: On Friday, Nov. 6, Verizon Wireless rolled out the Droid, a smartphone manufactured by Motorola and powered by Google's Android operating system. Verizon went heavy on the Droid hype in the days leading up to the launch, billing the Android-equipped Droid as next-generation "stealth" technology.

On Droid launch day, Verizon went so far as to unveil a plus-sized marketing gimmick – a promotion allowing New Yorkers to control two of Times Square's largest digital billboards using only voice commands. So how did the Droid stack up? Pretty well, actually.


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