It's all in the timing. Verizon (VZ) offered a sneak peak of the Motorola (MOT) Droid X smartphone, giving potential customers a chance to oohh and aahh before its official launch June 23 -- a day before rival team AT&T (T) and Apple (AAPL) open up their doors for the iPhone 4 launch.

In splashing up a preview of the Motorola Droid X, Verizon may stem any defectors to the iPhone 4 camp. And Verizon has good reason to be worried. Apple clocked in its single largest day for pre-orders sales on Tuesday, the first day that customers could order a shiny videoconferencing iPhone. So let the Droid X and iPhone 4 challenge begin, as consumers get a taste of what's to come from review and tech news sites such as Engadget.

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