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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 retrospooty on 4/6/2013 9:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
"OMG, widgets! You made me see the light, thank you."

Widgets is one of like 20 things I can think of IOS is missing, [insert your favorite list here]. Lets not biol it down to one thing, there are a TON if things missing on IOS.

"First off, Android doesn't have the best mobile UI, WP8 does"

I wouldnt say that. Android BB, WP8 are all pretty equal if you ask me. Live tiles are OK, but I prefer custom widgets. BB has a good approach as well. The only thing you can say for sure is IOS is WAY behind all 3 of the others and still stuck in 2007. Hopefully the rumors of an IOS7 UI redesign are true.

"Second, apps are how we use hardware. They're how we view video, interact with websites, interact with businesses and services, play games, do scheduling, do finance, do everything. "

Yup, and there isn't a SINGLE thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are however a TON of things you can do on Android that you cannot on IOS. NOt sure if you are trying to make a point against me, you just made it for me.

"It seems like you think they're overrated. Perhaps you should consider dumping Windows for a Chromebook. Apps don't matter, right? Wait a second, you can't futz with the UI.
I know, Linux! Those silly Compiz UIs in Ubuntu seem like they'd be much more up your alley compared to stale old Windows 7:"

Talk about a stretch. Pulling in things that are nothing alike to make a point really just loses the point. The app difference between Android and IOS is small. The app difference between Windows and Linux or Chrome is freegin huge. Again, there isn't a single thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are a ton of things you can do with Windows that you cannot do with Linux or Chrome.

You really neeed to change your handle because you are "givin" too many points lately. MAybe go back to the drawing board and come up with some new talking points. ITs gonna be hard because outside of larger screens, 4g and retina, the iiPhone hasnt changed in years. Neither have your arguments.

I wonder... With IOS stagnating and Android improving by leaps and bounds every year, how long can you hold out being a clandestine Apple zealot?

RE: Wow...
By TakinYourPoints on 4/7/2013 10:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
This made me laugh when I saw it:

Why you stuck in 2010?

Either way, whatever "staleness" iOS has is far outweighed by its unparalleled third party support. I'm sure an update is coming, but even if the changes are minimal I can deal since switching to another platform would mean either downgrading or losing entire applications.

Much like switching from "boring old Windows" which has remained fundamentally unchanged for about 15 years for something flashy like moddded Linux, I'd be downgrading way too much.

The Linux parallel is spot on as well. You prefer superfluous UI flash over practical utility, applications, and polish.

Seriously, its ok to say you like big screens and SD card slots and all the other things that a big chassis gets you, that's totally cool! Don't pretend the software is anywhere close though. The quantity of applications on Android is highly inflated by shovelware and malware. The situation is worse on tablets, almost nothing out there that is optimized aside from ultra-mainstream stuff like Angry Birds and Netflix.

About half of Microsoft's applications for iOS aren't on Android, the best FTP/SSH/RSS/misc browsing apps are iOS exclusive, there's all kinds of niche stuff (financial, medical) on iOS that isn't on Android, and even Google has better versions of GMail and Maps on iOS.

This is before we even get into games from companies like Blizzard, 2K, EA, Epic, id, and all the typical stuff that are in these comparisons, which you'll automatically write off because they're "just games".

Hell, you'll probably write off medical and financial apps as well, "who cares" you'll say? Its all about depth, that's the point.

Again, there isn't a single thing you can do on IOS that you cant with Android. There are a ton of things you can do with Windows that you cannot do with Linux

Not true at all, you can find applications to fill in almost anything you can do on Windows. The level of polish and depth in applications is the difference.

It is exactly the same as the difference between iOS and Android.

Android's selection is shallow by comparison, and based on the emphasis some of its users place on inflated bulletpoint features while ignoring fundamental things like the quality of screens, battery life/performance balance, and third party support, its users are shallow too.

You are easily distracted by flash and glitz.

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