Here's another one of those charts that shows (and when we say "shows," we mean estimates) just how few units of the Nexus One Google has sold in comparison to the Motorola Droid and Apple's iPhone over the first 74 days that each was available.

And here's the sentence in which we again say comparing these things is ridiculous. Two of these phones are sold in stores. One of them is not. Two of these phones have received gianormous marketing campaigns, in print, online and on television. (And I'm pretty sure I saw somebody going door-to-door the other day.) One of these phones has received a push mainly through Google AdSense. That's no small potatoes, but it's hardly the same thing.

And so to the next company that plans on making this comparison, I beg you: Don't. [Flurry via Business Insider]

 
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droidweasel says:

well it sure shows how foolish google is doesnt it? location location location. doesnt matter how great a phone is,without correct marketing,it can be a flop.

I agree, it is a complete mistake on Google. Most people ideally like to "test drive" something before they buy. Yeah you can hype the phone but unless I get to actually put the phone in my hands I'm going to be iffy about shelling out my hard earned cast. Before I got my Droid I was all set on unlocking an iphone and going to T-mo. The Droid just came out and I had my doubts with the rep Motorola had gained from phones like the Razr and Rokr. Then I stopped in to play with it and it totally changed my mind. I haven't looked back since.

wezra says:

I highly doubt that Google would spend all the time and money to deliver a phone that was intended to act as a "standard" for other phones. As well as Google is doing I don't think they are into throwing money away.

The fact is that the sales model has been a total disaster. Not allowing people to buy the phone at a discounted rate because they are on a family plan... what the heck kind of nonsense is that. I am surprised someone hasn't filed a class action law suit over that stupidity. No, Google thought they had something that no one could touch and they were going to push the public into buying it their way... or no way. Well guess what... it backfired and the negative press has been huge over the sales issue. If Google were smart they would admit to the error and start shipping the phones to T-Mobile and Verizon and let the consumer buy the device the way it should be purchased... up close and personal... hands-on.

Anonymous says:

I do agree that it would be better if google sold the phone with in stores for people to touch and see. But I don't think a class action law suit should be done just because you (or any one else) can't buy there phone at a discounted rate. It's their choice not to allow people on family plans to buy this phone at a discounted rate. Google is just shooting it self in the foot by not allowing every one to buy it at a discounted price. But then again the whole point of doing this sale model was so that it was tied to a specific carrier, hence the reason for the option to purchase the phone at full retail price.

wezra says:

I am not so sure this sales practice is not discriminatory and can’t be challenged. Granted, you can sell to whom ever you want, but when you discriminate against a specific group based on lifestyle (having a family or one form or another) their might be some real issues with that. I am just waiting to see if the ACLU doesn’t jump on this… or some other consumer oriented group. It clearly discriminates; there is no question about that. I am not to sure that Google really thought this one thru before deciding on the sales model they wanted to pursue. This will be interesting to follow... their has already been a great deal of negative press so maybe someone will pick up the flag and charge!

trmoney24 says:

wait so if you're a secondary line on a family plan, you cannot get the phone at the discounted price of $179? that really blows. i'm with verizon and on a secondary line of a family plan. i have an upgrade ready to go that allows me to get any phone at the same cost as a new customer gets. if google tries to charge me $530, I will definitely have to pass on this one.
another question, i wonder if they will honor new every 2 discounts with verizon? i know i'm not eligible for that discount, but many people that are won't want to lose out on an extra $30-$100 savings.

@droidweasel
I don't think that google was at all trying to compete with the iPhone and the like in sales... yet. I really think the Nexus One is designed to be more of a standard for Android Phones, spurring phone-makers to make Android live up to its potential.

mo-bile#AC says:

And just how is the Nexus One more revolutionary than the Droid or any other recent Android handset?

endonend says:

Not to mention Verizon and AT&T are more than double the size of T-Mobile.

@219586 - I agree. This phone is meant to be a flagship model for other Android phones. It's meant for geeks and phone fanatics. They get the phone and brag how good it is (which they've done over and over)... it all helps push the Android world forward.

Colin says:

It's a score for Android either way. Also, I'm with others in saying that google knew that the nexus one wasn't going to be flying out of their warehouses. It's an unsubsidized phone and most of us would rather pay for a phone over the course of two years than shell out $530 bucks at the get go. Let's not forget also that T-Mobile is not exactly the king of 3G or even coverage for that matter.

Anonymous says:

I think the Nexus could do a lot better if Google would make the phone more available to people. Google would defiantly get more sales if they went through the carriers that their partnered with or who they will be partnering with. I have a large business account with Verizon Wireless & currently all of my staff use Blackberry’s. We are in the process of switching over to Android, so naturally we’re looking at the Nexus, HTC Incredible (or whatever their going to call it) and/ or the Motorola Droid. Unfortunately, our choices may be limited if Google goes with the eir plan to sell the phone on their web-site. Therefore, Google is going to lose multiple sales from my company alone. Instead we'll have to go with the HTC Incredible or the Droid.

The cell phone market is flooded with new phones and as we all know, their constantly being replaced with in months of being released. I think Google needs to take advantage of whatever resources they have to sell their products even if they have to bend for Big Red a little. Who wouldn’t want the largest US Cell Phone Carrier selling their product?

Just my two cents on the matter!!!

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Art says:

WHILE YOU GUYS ARE LOOKING AT OLD NEWZ. IM LOOKING AT THE NEW!! AND I SUGGEST YOU DO TOO! The Nexus One is now availible fo AT&T and Verizon's not to far behind. Vodafone, Rogers, At&T, Verizon, & T-Mo. Chk the #s in a few months. THANX! Chk the Link-http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/16/nexus-one-hits-for-atandt-and-rogers-...

It's a valid comparison that illustrates the obvious: if you want to sell something in volume you have to promote it heavily.

Another interesting point of the study is geeks are outnumbered by normal people 7.4 to 1.

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gujupmp says:

We get it, you're all nexus one fanboys at this website! Instead of looking at this chart as a plus for both the android os and the motorola droid for beating out the best selling phone ever, a phone that set huge expectations for every smartphone to come, you make this an article about poor little nexus one and how it's not its fault. I say good for the droid and as fort the nexus one, google got what it deserved for being so closed with its "superphone"

MO says:

exactly I am so happy the droid has passed the iphone is sales

LCLC says:

Actually, it hasn't passed the iPhone in sales. The chart is looking at the original Edge iPhone sales rate (when the price was $600, compared to $200 for the Droid)). The current 3GS sells 5-6 times that rate now.

mo-bile#AC says:

No, it just surpassed the original iPhone 2G that was released almost three years ago, in it's first 74 days of sales.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing with that headline. Don't get me wrong, I like the N1 alot, but I think the real story should have been pointing out Android's successes with the Moto Droid and Verizon.

It is pretty spectacular to know that over 1 million handsets on the Verizon network are out there carrying on the Android brand and experience.

Very good point, and one that we made recently. We're huge fans of the Droid (keyboard not withstanding), and it's been a huge thing for Android as a whole.

AndroidBoi says:

Droid rules...iPhone users drool and the die :)

voghan says:

Just wait for it to hit AT&T (w/3g support) and Verizon then you'll see the sales jump. I'm hoping a Sprint version becomes available later this year.

Anonymous says:

I agree the marketing model they used isn't great, at all.

But, I would consider the costs of the iPhone and Droid marketing campaigns, and how much Google's cost, if anything.

When you consider how much they would cut into any profits of the iPhones and Droids sold initially I wouldn't say that Google completely failed at all.

Brandon says:

Are you guys such fanboys, that you can't see what these comparisons are CLEARLY trying to show?

It's not a knock against the phone itself... I'm sure they don't care about that. These comparisons are meant to scrutinize Google's business model. So to argue that "comparing these things is ridiculous. Two of these phones are sold in stores. One of them is not...." is itself ridiculous, because that is EXACTLY what is meant to be illustrated by these comparisons. They're not attacking your phone, Phil. Calm down.

That being said, I still think it's a bit too early to attack Google's business model, anyway. They are trying to shift the entire phone sales paradigm... It's gonna take more than 74 days (on T-Mobile, no less) to do that, and I'm sure Google knew that going in.

Drybonz says:

All this really says to me is that Google should have sold the phone "in stores" and had "gianormous marketing campaigns, in print, online and on television" for the nexus one. Why they decided to sell the phone online only and make contracts available through the smallest of the major carriers only at launch doesn't make sense to me.

Don't get me wrong... I really wish they would have been more successful, but I feel like they were practically trying to hide the phone from people instead of exposing it.

Linuxdood says:

And it's interesting that this comes out the day they announce on AT&T.

I bought a backflip and love it. Need my hardware keyboard. AT&T will embrace Android. Just, it seems, cautiously.

We need the iPhone on another network. Then it's no holds barred for AT&T and Android.

Gameboy70 says:

I'm surprised to see so many people considering this a "failure." It seems that everyone is looking at absolute unit sales and turning this into a "How big is your Johnson" contest.

With the direct sales model, Google has to sell fewer phones to be profitable, the same reason Amazon doesn't sell Kindles in retail. That's a ~40% cut they get to keep in their pocket after HTC's manufacturing costs. G's advertising has been primarily through banner ads on their own content network, which costs them virtually nothing.

gbhil#AC says:

Does anyone really think we know sales and marketing better than Google? For whatever reason they are satisfied with their current strategy, and didn't do anything to change it.

The sales didn't meet a bloggers expectations. I'll bet that they met Google's.

judasmachine says:

I have to admit, that after using my Eris since Nov. 6th, I'm hooked on Android. And the N1 is looking mighty good. If they at all intended the Eris and the like to be a gateway drug on the path to the N1 then I'm falling hook line and sinker.

I would miss Sense UI though.

I left the Droid out of this as it's a different kind of phone as far as I am concerned. I want sleek, and sexy, it's more my taste.

techgeek2 says:

I have had two defective Nexus One phones. Dealing with Google and HTC has been a f@#$ing nightmare!!! Terrible support and customer service. Goldman Sachs lowered Google's N1 sales for 2010 from 3.5 million to 1 million and called this web sales business a "total failure" I wholeheartedly agree!!!
If you want a new replacement N1 they authorize your credit card for $ 529!
Really bad service!!!
I won't buy another Google device.

JAG says:

Can u hear me say DROOOOOOOOID?

Azar Al-Saud says:

We have a family plan we were going to get four of them when they first came out we were not allowed to.Only if we paid full price. We have been with Tmoble for over 6 years stupid on both parties I would say.

marcus says:

RUNNING A MUCH BETTER HARDWARE AND SOON TO BE SOFTWARE MULTITASKING DEVICE!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT COMPUTER ILLITERATE AND ARE APPLE BRAINWASHED WITH ITUNES CANT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT ANDROID IS GOING TO BLOW AWAY IPHONES IN EVERY ASPECT IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS BEFORE NEXUS ONE, VERIZON INCREDIBLE, SPRINT 4G WIMAX SUPERSONIC GET RELEASED!!! BEEN CHECKIN THE NEWS STREAM DAILY, EXCESS MONEY BURNING HOLE IN MY VERIZON ASS WAITING FOR SOME NO NOSENSE, NO WAITING FOR VERIZON BULLSHIT UPDATES ON ALL SERVICE,=== BLACKEBERRY AND ANDROID ALWAYS WAITING FOR BULLSHIT BEYOND DUE UPDATES!!!!!!!JUST MY WASTED AS POST ST PATTYSDAY OPINIONS,,,FOR THE RECORD ALWAYS UPDATING MY BLACKBERRY PEARL SOFTWARE WITH ALLTELL UPDATES AND THEN HACKING OUT ALL THE BULLSHIT OF THE VERIZON BLACKBERRY OS TO THE TUNE OF FREEING UP 20 SOMETHING OF MB OF OPERATING SYSTEM TO MAKE MY BLACKERY ACTUALLY ISSUABLE WITH MORE THAN 2 APPS ON THE STOCK VERIZON OS!!!!! LEARNED THIS THE HARDWAY WITH MY PHONE LOCKING UP BECAUSE OF 2 APPS INSTALLED AND RENDERING MY PHONE COMPLETELY USELESS!!!!!!!!! UNTIL I AS A TECH JUNKIE RESEARCHED HOW TO DELETE YES 20 SOMETHING MG OF UNUSEABLE BULLSHIT SOFTWARE THAT WAS PREINSTALLED IN MY POS VERIZON PHONE THAT STILL TILL THIS DAY DOESNT HAVE REAL GOOGLE MAPS GPS CAPABILLITY THAT VERIZON REPS SAID CAME WITH MY PHONE THE GET GO!!!!!! VERIZON GOT CLASS ACTION SUED FOR THIS BY SO MANY BB USERS UNTIL THEY ONLY INABLED THE ONBOARD GPS CHIP FOR THE POS BLACKBERRY MAPS WHICH ONLY HALF AS GOOD AS TH FREE GOOGLE MAPS APP BECAUSE OF "UNTRUSTED APPLICATIONS" THAT VERIZON CLAIMED!!! COME ON ITS FUCKING GOOGLE MAPS!!! THIS IS MY LAST EXPERIENCE AS A SUCKER ASS VERIZON SMART PHONE USER!!!!!!!BRING ON THE NEXUS ONE THATS NON RESTRICTED BY VERIZON UPDATES OR GREED !!! AND I WILL PAY THE FULL $520 OR $550 GOOGLE WILL CHARGE JUST NOT TO DEAL WITH VERIZONS UNAVAILABILITY TO UPDATE ITS SMARTPHONES IS DUE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES THEY WILL RELEASE THE INCREDEIBLE ON THE SAME DATE IF THERYRE SMART WITH A COUPLE ADDED FEATURES THAN THE NEXUS ONE OR A COUPLE WEEKS LATER WHICH IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE VERIZON IS SO LARGE THEY HAVE THEYRE HAD FIRMLY PLANTED DEEP WITHIN THEYRE OWN ASSHOLE!!! BUT BOTTOM LINE FREEDOM FROM THE DEPENDECY ON VERIZON UPDATING THERE SENSE INABLED PHONES AND ALL THEYRE PHONES IN A TIMELY MATTER MAKES $5OOSOMETHING WAY MORE WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SORRY JUST MY CRAZY ASS ST PATTYS DAY WASTED ASS RANT, BE SMART TAKE THE CARRIER CONTROL AWAY FROM THESE PEICE OF SHIT MUTHA FUCKERS!!! THATS RIGHT ALL PHONES NEED TO BE GSM OR EQUIVENLENT COMPATIBLE TO HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE THESE FUCKING MONOPILIZERS JUST HAPPY TO GET YOUR $80 A MONTH PLANS WITH DATA WITHOUT TAKING THE SMARTPHONE PEOPLE FOR GRANTED LIKE THEY DO EVERY FRICKIN DAY !!!!! THANK GOOGLE FOR SACRIFICING THEYRE MUCH DESERVED SALES TO TRY TO CHANGE THE WAY WIRELESS IS DONE!!!!!!!!! GOING TO SAVE AND POST THIS ON SEVERAL BLOGS AND HOPEFULLY THE CARRIERS START TO GET THE MESSSAGE! GOOGLE IS SACRIFICING ITS AMAZING NEW PHONES FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE CREATING A STARDARD FOR HOW WIRELESS IS DONE IN THE USA !!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marcus says:

sorry only posted half of my Rant!!!lol VERIZON NEXUS NEEDS TO COME NOW WITHIN THE NEXT 10 FUCKIN DAYS !!!!!!!!!BEEN SO PATENT WILL PAY $520 OR EVEN BETTER $200 WITH NEW CONTRACT!!!!!!!!! WILL PAY IT TO GET A AMAZING SMARTPHONE THAT BLOWS AWAY MY POS WAY OUTDATED VERIZON BLACKBERRY PEARL THAT IS HACKED TO THE LIMIT IN SOFTWARE AND WASNT EVEN USEABLE AS A FACTORY VERIZON PHONE WHEN IT WAS RELEASED BECAUSE OF NO APPS TO SD WHICH GOOGLE IS SUPPOSEDLY WORKING ON TO BRING ITS ANDROID SOFTWARE WELL ABOVE IPHONE AND ANYTHING AT&T, VERIZON, SPRINT IS CURRENTLY OFFERING RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!omG GOING TO VERIZON STORE TOMORROW ON MY DAY OFF AND DEMANDING INFO ON NEXUS AS WELL AS UPDATEING MY SERVICE FROM MY 12% BELLE TIRE DISCCOUNT TO MY NEW DARDEN 20% DISCOUNT WITH THE BEST 3G IN THIS AREA OF BULLSHIT ASS KALAMAZOO MICHIGAN WHERE AT&T HOLDS ONLY PROMISED 3G SERVICE TO ITS IPHONE USERS!!!!!!!!! THAT ARE STILL SOMEHOWE STILL LOYAL NAMELY MY SISTER BECAUSE OF ITUNES AND IPHONE NIKE APPS THAT CANT CONVINCE MY PEEPS OF RUNNING A MUCH BETTER HARDWARE AND SOON TO BE SOFTWARE MULTITASKING DEVICE!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT COMPUTER ILLITERATE AND ARE APPLE BRAINWASHED WITH ITUNES CANT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT ANDROID IS GOING TO BLOW AWAY IPHONES IN EVERY ASPECT IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS BEFORE NEXUS ONE, VERIZON INCREDIBLE, SPRINT 4G WIMAX SUPERSONIC GET RELEASED!!! BEEN CHECKIN THE NEWS STREAM DAILY, EXCESS MONEY BURNING HOLE IN MY VERIZON ASS WAITING FOR SOME NO NOSENSE, NO WAITING FOR VERIZON BULLSHIT UPDATES ON ALL SERVICE,=== BLACKEBERRY AND ANDROID ALWAYS WAITING FOR BULLSHIT BEYOND DUE UPDATES!!!!!!!JUST MY WASTED AS POST ST PATTYSDAY OPINIONS,,,FOR THE RECORD ALWAYS UPDATING MY BLACKBERRY PEARL SOFTWARE WITH ALLTELL UPDATES AND THEN HACKING OUT ALL THE BULLSHIT OF THE VERIZON BLACKBERRY OS TO THE TUNE OF FREEING UP 20 SOMETHING OF MB OF OPERATING SYSTEM TO MAKE MY BLACKERY ACTUALLY ISSUABLE WITH MORE THAN 2 APPS ON THE STOCK VERIZON OS!!!!! LEARNED THIS THE HARDWAY WITH MY PHONE LOCKING UP BECAUSE OF 2 APPS INSTALLED AND RENDERING MY PHONE COMPLETELY USELESS!!!!!!!!! UNTIL I AS A TECH JUNKIE RESEARCHED HOW TO DELETE YES 20 SOMETHING MG OF UNUSEABLE BULLSHIT SOFTWARE THAT WAS PREINSTALLED IN MY POS VERIZON PHONE THAT STILL TILL THIS DAY DOESNT HAVE REAL GOOGLE MAPS GPS CAPABILLITY THAT VERIZON REPS SAID CAME WITH MY PHONE THE GET GO!!!!!! VERIZON GOT CLASS ACTION SUED FOR THIS BY SO MANY BB USERS UNTIL THEY ONLY INABLED THE ONBOARD GPS CHIP FOR THE POS BLACKBERRY MAPS WHICH ONLY HALF AS GOOD AS TH FREE GOOGLE MAPS APP BECAUSE OF "UNTRUSTED APPLICATIONS" THAT VERIZON CLAIMED!!! COME ON ITS FUCKING GOOGLE MAPS!!! THIS IS MY LAST EXPERIENCE AS A SUCKER ASS VERIZON SMART PHONE USER!!!!!!!BRING ON THE NEXUS ONE THATS NON RESTRICTED BY VERIZON UPDATES OR GREED !!! AND I WILL PAY THE FULL $520 OR $550 GOOGLE WILL CHARGE JUST NOT TO DEAL WITH VERIZONS UNAVAILABILITY TO UPDATE ITS SMARTPHONES IS DUE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES THEY WILL RELEASE THE INCREDEIBLE ON THE SAME DATE IF THERYRE SMART WITH A COUPLE ADDED FEATURES THAN THE NEXUS ONE OR A COUPLE WEEKS LATER WHICH IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE VERIZON IS SO LARGE THEY HAVE THEYRE HAD FIRMLY PLANTED DEEP WITHIN THEYRE OWN ASSHOLE!!! BUT BOTTOM LINE FREEDOM FROM THE DEPENDECY ON VERIZON UPDATING THERE SENSE INABLED PHONES AND ALL THEYRE PHONES IN A TIMELY MATTER MAKES $5OOSOMETHING WAY MORE WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SORRY JUST MY CRAZY ASS ST PATTYS DAY WASTED ASS RANT, BE SMART TAKE THE CARRIER CONTROL AWAY FROM THESE PEICE OF SHIT MUTHA FUCKERS!!! THATS RIGHT ALL PHONES NEED TO BE GSM OR EQUIVENLENT COMPATIBLE TO HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE THESE FUCKING MONOPILIZERS JUST HAPPY TO GET YOUR $80 A MONTH PLANS WITH DATA WITHOUT TAKING THE SMARTPHONE PEOPLE FOR GRANTED LIKE THEY DO EVERY FRICKIN DAY !!!!! THANK GOOGLE FOR SACRIFICING THEYRE MUCH DESERVED SALES TO TRY TO CHANGE THE WAY WIRELESS IS DONE!!!!!!!!! GOING TO SAVE AND POST THIS ON SEVERAL BLOGS AND HOPEFULLY THE CARRIERS START TO GET THE MESSSAGE! GOOGLE IS SACRIFICING ITS AMAZING NEW PHONES FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE CREATING A STARDARD FOR HOW WIRELESS IS DONE IN THE USA !!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

swannick says:

There is no way I would buy this phone....unless it was sold in a store where I can get it serviced or replaced. Every phone I've ever owned has needed service at one time or another. This one will be no different. As far as whether or not it's been a success....that depends on what they thought they could sell with their marketing plan. They may have deemed it successful if they sold 50,000 units. Compared to Droid and Iphone it isn't that successful. But Google isn't stupid....they'll learn.

Are you serious? You guys are judging way too critically given infinitesimal information. Acting like experts because you see a 3-bar chart. There are so many factors not being considered like the fact no one knew this phone existed. A lot of my friends still don't know this phone exists.

I think we are all missing the point. Some people are willing to buy this phone subsidized rather than pay 530 upfront. That is stupidity! Over the course of two years you would pay nearly 2.5 grand. If you bought it for 530 and had a prepaid plan you would spend a fraction of that in two years. I think this phone is only for people that went to college.

Not to mention this is the first step towards eliminating contracts that bind people and their money to cell phone companies and their services for 1 year or more. Look at everything this phone is offering and the possibilities of using everything cheaply compared to contract if you go prepaid or pay-as-you-go. If enough people pulled their heads out they might find these better options which would press the cell phone markets into offering cheaper plans, perhaps eliminating contracts.

But actually I like having things that other people convince themselves they can't have. It makes them jealous. And I think, "Man you could have this too if you just used your head for once."