Seventy-four days after the iPhone was introduced at $US600 a pop, one million were sold. The Droid, at $US200, 1.05 million. The Nexus One? An estimated 135,000 units. By any measure, that’s a total sales flop.
Sure, the Nexus One is only sold online and though T-Mobile, but 135,000 units is a ridiculously tiny amount. Especially when the Nexus One was announced for a long time on the most popular web page in the world: The Google home page. Only the Nexus One and Google’s Chrome have been announced in that page, watched by a gigazillion people every day.
Even worse: The sale rate is declining. After its first month, the Nexus One sold 80,000 units. That’s means that only 55,000 additional units sold in the next month. For a mobile phone that is being named and talked about every single day by every single tech publication, and often mentioned in the mainstream media, that’s quite embarrassing.
Why is this happening? The Nexus One is a nice mobile phone, after all. Is it really that you can only buy it online? The iPad sold online, for a higher price and without no phone capabilities, yet it sold an estimated 152,000 units in the first weekend.