By Chuong Nguyen | July 22, 2010 12:03 AM
It seems like this summer has created a blockbuster of smartphone hits, from AT&T’s iPhone 4 to Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and Verizon Wireless’s Droid X and Droid Incredible. We, of course, are all too familiar with the Droid Incredible’s AMOLED shortage, but what about the other handsets? Recent checks with Apple shows strong demand for the iPhone 4 is keeping the device off shelves and AT&T is only selling that smartphone on a preorder basis even weeks after the phone launched. Sprint is still listing the EVO 4G as out of stock on its online store and urging customers to check their local retail locations and Verizon Wireless’s newly launched Droid X is not available again until August 3.
Recent news analysis and commentary have pointed to several culprits to the shortages in supply. All these popular handsets have suffered some sort of issue at launch and it could be that companies are still holding back on production to rectify those issues. Among those issues, the HTC devices–the EVO 4G and Droid Incredible–have both suffered from screen grounding issues; Verizon has admitted that the Droid X has faulty screens on some units, urging customers to call in to Motorola or Verizon should they encounter any issues. On Apple’s side, it seems that the reception issues were recently blown up by the media and the handset is still suffering from an issue with the proximity sensors.
What’s really the culprit of the lack of devices on store shelves? Are manufacturers producing “betas” and not ramping up production until fixes are made and ensured while they rush products out the door? Or is the answer as simple as consumer demand has increased greatly following the popularity of the iPhone, Android, and Droid brands?