Erick Schonfeld wrote an excellent review about the Android G1 yesterday, saying that it couldn’t compete with the iPhone when it comes to the user interface. But he did mention a figure that isn’t correct, as he picked up the rumor from Motley Fool that 1.5 million were pre-sold. Of course, several hundred tech blogs picked this up.
One of them lived up to his journalistic duty, Marin Perez from InformationWeek. He contacted the mathematician behind the 1.5 million calculation:
I was curious as to how he got these figures and he gave me his rationale.
He cited a Cens.com article that said, “according to industry insiders, T-Mobile is planning to order a total of between 1.5 million and 2 million units of G1 with HTC in the near future, including 400,000 to 500,000 to be sold in the fourth quarter of this year.”
Then, Bylund cited T-Mobile selling out of pre-order units, and tripling the number of phones initially available. He then tripled the 500,000 number to get 1.5 million.
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I’m glad he did, as almost every other tech blogger just hit copy/paste. Don’t believe everything you read on TechCrunch, Techmeme, or – for that matter – this blog. Because yeah, I’d have probably copied the 1.5 million figure as well.
So let’s all learn from Perez; check everything. Perez:
“This story just didn’t seem right to me, no matter how many times it went through the tech echo chamber.”