Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Want to try @Samsung Products BEFORE you buy? The Samsung Galaxy Studio lets you do just that! #vzwbuzz #techtuesday

Samsung Galaxy Studio SoHo New York City
Samsung Galaxy Studio SoHo New York City

You don't have to be a Blogger or Digital Influencer with millions of followers to get the Royal Treatment when it comes to tech. You want to try BEFORE you buy? Want to live with that new tech toy and really 'road test' it before shelling out your hard-earned cash? While it's certainly not a new concept, Samsung recently launched a consumer trial program at five United States Galaxy Studio Locations, and I recently got a tour of the New York City Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo.

What do you get when you a cross a Verizon Sponsored Soccer Viewing Party with a VIP tour of the 130 Prince Street Galaxy Studio? THIS!:

The Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo NYC is located at the cross streets shown above!

It was fun to experience the Samsung Galaxy Studio first hand and get a true feel for what a perspective consumer will experience when checking out a device from this specific location to test.

SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio Employees
Nothing beats service with a Smile!

I was very impressed with the layout, it has a nice flow that utilizes various stations to give you a feel for the products and a team that will guide you and help you decide which Samsung product is best for your needs and lifestyle.

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: They offer a 'Play' area to keep little ones entertained and utilize areas of the open space to create little nooks if you need a moment to yourself.

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Drawing come to life!

Above: It was fun to see tech in action, if you check out the tablet in this shot, it shows a drawing of a train track, then check out how the train moves over the track that was just drawn on the tablet, pretty cool right?

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Capturing your child's imagination doesn't always have to be hi-tech!

Above: Who says it's all tech all the time? Everyone needs to stop, unplug and crack open a book sometimes, happy to see the Studio is all about encouraging the little ones to take some time to read a book!

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: They even encourage your child's (or yours for that matter) inner budding 'artiste' to emerge by enjoying some fun on the chalkboard with color chalk! Fun!

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: All I know is I can't resist a good mascot photo! Check out this guy in the play area, you know I had to nab a shot.

Play area at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Left: Yours Truly, Tracy from Ascending Butterfly, Center: Rachel from The Digital Latina and Right: Jessie from The Wired Family!

Above: And apparently I'm not the only blogger who loves Mascot Photo Opps!

Design Studio at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: The Design Studio Station is where you'll find a calendar of events and info on Samsung Workshops!

Milk Music Station at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Milk Music Station at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: Samsung announces "The Next Big Thing in Music" 

#TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ investigates the Milk Music Station at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
#TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ investigates the Milk Music Station at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: #TheOfficialTwitterPartyDJ yes ME, had to 'hear' for herself of course! Yours truly checking out "Milk Music" an App exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy owners (powered by Slacker) which offers 13M songs, 200+ stations and zero ads for a limited time. I'm using Samsung Headphones and getting an overall Samsung Music Experience with my own tunes (from my Galaxy 3 phone)

I'll share another cool shot of me enjoying the tunes tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday! I haven't downloaded the app yet personally but did enjoy using it while at the Galaxy Studio, once I download and play around with it a bit, I'll come back and share my 'full' take on it.

Innovation Lounge at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio
Is that the word Photo I see on the wall inside the Innovation Lounge? Gotta investigate that!
Above: Just had to check out the "Innovation Lounge" and in there I explored some Butterfly Fun!

Innovation Lounge at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: I spot a lonely tablet, hmmm perfect spot to draw a butterfly or two right?

Innovation Lounge at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: Check out where the butterflies I drew actually show up! See them on the right side? I can truly say "Butterfly was here, and now she's gone, she left her butterflies to carry on".... (LOL couldn't resist!)

Cafe at the SoHo Samsung Galaxy Studio

Above: We all know testing tech products can be a thirsty business right? The folks at the Samsung Galaxy Studio know that to be true and they offer a Cafe Station where you can punch in your order for a beverage and get hydrated! 'Hydration on demand' my friends, makes you feel like you are in the Jetsons! I made mine a Coconut Water!

#VZWBuzz #SoccerFever Soccer Viewing Party at Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo New York
Left: Romina from MamaXXI blog, Next: Jessie from The Wired Family Center: (in Pink) Rachel from The Digital Latina, Next: Mark from A Geek's Perspective, Far Right: The Afropolitan Mom

Above: After the tour was complete, it was then off to a super secret area of the space to enjoy a Soccer Match Viewing Party hosted by Verizon Wireless!

The Trial Program is currently available at the following locations:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco, TX: Stonebriar Centre Mall, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034
  • Houston/The Woodlands, TX: The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
  • Los Angeles/Conaga Park, CA: Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303
  • New York City: Samsung Galaxy Studio SoHo, 130 Prince Street, NY, NY
  • Santa Clara, CA: Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050

My Take:

The Program is free of charge, however to participate you must provide a refundable credit or debit card deposit during the trial period. Customers will receive a full refund once they return the un-damaged device within the 21 day trial period. Open to all U.S. residents who are 18 years of age and older. You must present valid government issued ID and a valid Credit or Debit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express only).

I think it's great you get to truly try before you buy and get ample time to put your loaner device to the test!

Which Samsung Device would you borrow Butterflies?

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1 comment:

  1. what an amazing idea. This way you can be sure you really like a product before you make a purchase. Wow this speak 's volumes for Samsung ! Love the mascot pic. !!