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My gut feel is the opposite. This is a ridiculous phone, for a ridiculous price. I personally wanted it and couldn't get it Today yet, and I know of at least 5 other people (outside the US) who've been pinging me to see if it's going to be available anytime soon. Pretty sure it's a demand-issue this time.

If the numbers are good, they'll brag about them. If they don't, it's a pretty good sign that it's supply.

Given it's 50 minutes, the numbers don't have to be incredibl good to make a really impressive-sounding rate.

Let's say they had a quarter million units for sale for their first run (given their Nex7 sales, totally reasonable). That means they're selling ~80 phones a second.

Now did Apple sell more? Sure. Does that mean these numbers are bad, even in a relative sense given the obscurity of the Nexus brand, the troubles during launch and the location of sale?

No. Supply or Demand, this is good for Nexus.

If this is Apple that'd be true, but since when has Google really bragged about any sales numbers?

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