(Update includes analyst comment)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Verizon ( VZ) and Motorola's ( MOT) Droid phone sales are off to a less than auspicious start. The Google ( GOOG) Android-powered phone went on sale early Friday and if Manhattan stores were any gauge, the opening hours didn't exactly show a stampede of demand. At the Verizon store in Lower Manhattan, there were no lines and about 30 people in the store at 7:30 a.m. A store employee said there were plenty of Droids available. Asked if that meant there were 100 available, the employee said, "about that many."
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A Lot on the LineThe sleek, $200 touchscreen device is expected to be a strong contender against AT&T's ( T) Apple ( AAPL) iPhone during the all-important holiday season. Motorola needs its flagship phone to be a major success if it has any hope of a turnaround for its fallen phone business. In its biggest marketing effort ever, Verizon is positioning the Droid as its top offering of the season and a much needed alternative for customers who envy the iPhone. Motorola needs to sell a half million phones this weekend to match the iPhone's most recent splash.
|Lower Manhattan 7:30am Friday Nov.6 taken by Droid phone.|