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First 900 locations will be ready in May with the remainder coming by early summer

Samsung has announced that it has teamed up with Best Buy to help promote the wide range of Samsung mobile products. The partnership between Samsung and Best Buy will see Samsung Experience Shops installed in 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations around the country.

The installation of the Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy locations around the country will be rolled out in stages. Samsung expects 900 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations around the country will have Experience Shops by early May, while the remaining locations will have them installed by early summer.

Customers who visit the Samsung Experience Shop will be able to touch and play with Samsung's full range of mobile products including smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras, and accessories. Some Best Buy locations will also get Samsung Smart Service with dedicated Samsung Experience Consultants and Best Buy blue shirt sales associates.

Employees working these Experience Shops will be specially trained on Samsung products including activation and usage. These employees will be able to help customers with demonstrations, basic product services, Samsung account set up, warranty registration, and post purchase support.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Apple has already made its mark on Best Buy stores with dedicated sections that display various products ranging from iPads to MacBook Airs to iMacs.

"Samsung has been delivering the latest innovation across the consumer electronics category for some time," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. "With the Samsung Experience Shops, we are ensuring consumers get the most of that innovation by learning how to leverage their mobile devices across our ecosystem of consumer electronics. Consumers will have one place to not only explore and learn about our full portfolio of mobile products, but also the support of a Samsung expert to help with selecting and servicing them. This will truly be a unique mobile shopping experience."

Samsung says the largest of its Experience Shops will be approximately 460 square feet. The size of the Experience Shops will of course vary depending on the Best Buy store size.
Rumors surfaced earlier this week that Samsung would soon be launching a line of big-screen smartphones called Mega. Devices such as this will certainly be featured prominently in the Experience Shop locations.

Source: Best Buy

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RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/6/2013 4:55:35 AM , Rating: 1
Why should I care if a platform sells lots of low end units? That's like saying I should abandon PC gaming because the Nintendo Wii was the most popular console last generation.

p.s. More people prefer Androids app environment. Sorry if the truth hurts and you need to combat this with silly "high end vs low end" arguments.

Based on what, because you say so? App downloads are much higher on iOS and developers continue to target it first. How can more people prefer Android app ecosystem when objectively fewer people use it, or when the selection is objectively inferior either due to substandard ports or selection not even being there? The iOS App Store has more downloads than all Android app stores combined, and developers make more money on it meaning that they continue to give it more attention.

I think what you're basically trying to say here in your not-so subtle elitist way, is that poor people prefer Android over the iPhone for financial reasons. That they would really LIKE an iPhone, but they simply have no choice so they have to settle for "crummy" Android phones.

Not at all, there is obviously a market for high end Android phones. It is simply that high end Android phones sell far less than their iOS counterparts and that Android mostly sells in the low end.

This isn't based on opinion, its just reality. You are projecting your personal insecurities/biases on it and drawing your own conclusions, which is weird.

RE: Wow...
By retrospooty on 4/6/2013 4:29:35 PM , Rating: 2
Dude I have been coming to Anandtech for 14 years, since before there even was comments on this section and long before DT even branched out. Post count has nothing to do with anything. You are as clueless about that as you are about smartphones. You obviously have some hidden apple thing going on and you act as if isn't real but we all see it. You clearly can't stand anyone that disagrees, or dislikes apple or its products. You just can't handle it that people disagree... You know what? You're worse than Tony. At least Tony is clear and honest about his bias. Whatever... flake off

RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
Nonsense. Again, I'm more than happy recommending products from other companies, including those running Android.

Forget what I said Friday about the Lumia 920 though, I got my hands on an HTC 8X yesterday, that's a much nicer phone. Lighter, better IPS screen, more responsive, I really like it!

While I'm cool with this, your idea that anyone who doesn't agree with your list for legitimate practical reasons (ie - people who prefer iOS for better apps, better hardware, better vendor support are all fanboys) is ridiculous.

You're brainwashed and too myopic to even realize it.

RE: Wow...
By retrospooty on 4/8/2013 2:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
" I'm more than happy recommending products from other companies, including those running Android."

Even with the "crummy OS"? Your words.... That and you obviously cant stand anyone that sings its merits on this site. Good god man, I state why I think Android is a better platform and you go off hte deep end! Pfapf.

"While I'm cool with this, your idea that anyone who doesn't agree with your list for legitimate practical reasons (ie - people who prefer iOS for better apps, better hardware, better vendor support are all fanboys) is ridiculous."

My idea? that isnt my idea and I never said that, nor did I say that its the best phone for everyone. What I do say and am now saying is that it is a superior platform. It does more and has more flexibility. IOS cant even handle different resolutions, much less any number of missing features. Android has everything the iPhone has and alot more. The iPhone has ... alot missing. That is all. If the missing things are OK by you then its a good phone... To me, its not worth it, too many missing features for a high end phone period. Why cant you just accept that and leave it be? You can take that long list and say, you dont care, you dont need any of it, but you CANT say it isnt correct and you CANT say that other people do want/need it. Why does that statement offend your sensibilities so much?

RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/9/2013 12:22:20 AM , Rating: 2
Even with the "crummy OS"? Your words....

Absolutely! If you want big screens, things like SD card slots, lower prices, and don't demand much from your hardware, then Android is a totally legit way to go. It's at the expense of things like the best software, polish, updates, stability, but anyone going into Android and is honest about everything and understands the tradeoffs.

All platforms have tradeoffs. A friend of mine decided he didn't really need phone apps or much else aside from a basic web browser, email, and the ability to send texts, so he got a Nexus 4. Saved himself some money and its a good device, plus it'll get updates. He also has an iPad because he felt that's where apps matter for him more, so he's all set.

What I do say and am now saying is that it is a superior platform.

A superior platform is polished, stable, supported, and has the best applications. Android is none of the above. It has other positives but nothing about the software itself puts it above others. Diversity in hardware is its biggest advantage, and even there you have to look hard to see devices where they don't cut corners on display quality.

IOS cant even handle different resolutions

iOS has limited resolutions by design. Standardizing resolutions gives developers a unified platform to optimize for. They could add resolutions if they wanted to, lord knows how many they have in prototypes, but that would harm third party developers.

The difference in approaches is reflected in iOS having an app library and selection that Android absolutely cannot compare to. Not even in the same zip code, talking Linux/Windows difference here.

I posted above some quotes from a developer who has tens of millions of downloads on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In the link are comments by developers from Google trying to help him. Check it out if you'd like.

Much of it has to do with having to support one more resolution and how poor the Android SDK continues to be. Again, this isn't a small time dev, this is another of many big developers that either grudgingly develop for the platform or just don't do it at all.

I accept that you prefer some of Android's features, that's totally awesome. What's bizarre is your complete denial of the difference in third party support. For me it is relevant in the same way it is relevant for any other platform I use: A platform isn't much without applications and content. I don't see much use of a snazzy UI when you can do so little with it, or it does things more poorly than the other one. If I was someone that didn't use applications then I'd use something else, simple.

Owning the advantages of Android is cool, but claiming it is just as good or better in areas where it objectively isn't is weird.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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