As I was thinking about pre-ordering my Nexus I pondered whether we still treat device releases the same. I look back at the Motorola Droid, the device that started it all for many of us. The Droid was so popular that it even spawned a few tech sites, DroidForums, Droid-Life, AndroidCentral, just to name a few. So you would think a device that help spawned an entire movement must have had lines of people around the block waiting for the release right? For myself the only reason I went Droid was my iPhone 3gs kept having connection issues and At&t was doing a poor job handling the issue so I cancelled my service and went to Verizon picking up the Droid a few days after it was released. Had At&t handed me a new iPhone I would probably still have been team Apple (the irony is that I am currently waiting to buy my Nexus 6 o At&t) . I did not buy the droid because I knew about android or was anticipating it I just wanted something comparable to my iPhone, in fact for the first couple of days I was trying to trade the droid to get either the storm 2 or Samsung Omnia 2, history tells us that I made the right decision staying with the Droid. Funny thing is as an outsider I was able to pick up a droid easily ...there were no lines or waiting lists. But one may argue that at the time Android was still new to the public. When the Incredible was released that Spring android built up a following and though the incredible was on back order I would argue it was HTC's failure to fulfill the demand yet even then there were no lines. Droid X and Droid 2, a step forward in the android era and the beginning of the end for qwerty phones but there were no lines....hype yes lines no. Ok....Android has built a following, the Galaxy devices are becoming popular, and there have been an outcry for a Verizon nexus especially with carrier locking down bootloaders. Finally our wish is granted and the Verizon Nexus is here after delay after delay, go to the store on release day expecting a line only to see 5 other people with only 2 there to purchase a nexus. As I prepare for the Nexus 6 I have come to the conclusion that the reality is Android devices no matter how special never had that epic release with lines wrapping around the block like the iPhone. I tried to argue that the reason we would not see it now was because the device selection for android is large with literally something for everyone, unless you want a phone with a 4 inch screen. We have phones for those who want pure android, phones for those who want large screen, literally there is such a wide selection of flagship devices released at different times that it is hard for a line to form because either the crowd already have their device of choice or are anticipating something else. And if we flash back to the Droid days people either were not aware of the Droid, or like today there were other selections to choose from such as Blackberry, Windows, etc. So to answer my question; no, release days are not special and they never were, at least not for Android users. We had our build ups, hype, leaks, and anticipation but once release day came it was on to the next.