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Test the Galaxy S5 and New Gear Line in Best Buys Starting Today

Itching to try out the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Gear smartwatches? If you live near a Best Buy, today is your chance. The chain announced yesterday that many stores will have sample units of the S5 and Gear line on hand starting March 21, several weeks before their respective April launch dates.

According to a Best Buy spokesperson, it’s the first time the electronics retailer has showcased a phone prior to launch. The stunt is an extension of Best Buy and Samsung’s nearly year-old partnership, which began April of last year with the construction of 1,400 Experience Shops within Best Buy retail locations.

Pushing preorders seems to be a priority. The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit will be available for preorder, AT&T revealed earlier today that customers would be able to order its variant Galaxy S5 handsets shortly after midnight Friday through BestBuy.com and other retailers. A select number (around 100) of AT&T stores will also have sample Galaxy S5 units.

To check which Best Buy stores will have the device on display, head over to this link.

The Galaxy S5 officially launches April 11 on all major US carriers.

Via: Mashable
  • Chuck

    5 best buys here and only ONE got it. Not the one I went to.

  • Poison

    There’s nothing to “try out”. It’s basically an S4 with a fingerprint reader and heart beat monitor, *golf clap*. Wow, for the company that was headstrong about wanting to stick it to Apple they sure seem to be following in their footsteps. Like the saying goes, “If ya can’t beat em’, join em'”.

  • jnt

    “The Galaxy S5 officially launches April 11 on all major US carriers.” – is that official? I thought we hadn’t seen any sort of official confirmation of this?

  • Hey You

    I called my two local Best Buys and neither have it. YMMV.

    • The Narrator

      Maybe wait? There’s thousands of stores.

      • PoisonApple31

        As of fiscal 2014, according to Best Buy’s 10-K, there are 1,055 Best Buy stores in the U.S, and 406 Mobile stand alone stores.

    • jnt

      Mine said they’re supposed to get it, but don’t have it yet… so yeah, just wait a bit and hopefully it’ll come soon.

  • Blue Sun

    I can’t wait to experience Touchwiz lag first hand.

  • Synacks

    How will ALL stores have it if only select stores are going to have it?

    • T4rd

      ALL of the select stores are going to have it. =p

      Edit: If you read that thoroughly enough, you’d have noticed that it says “select AT&T stores” will have it, not Best Buy.

      • Synacks


  • Ralph Bretz

    When did Best Buy become the leader in releasing phones? I remember reading about Best Buy having special S4’s and HTC ONE (2013) blue versions.

    • Blue Sun

      They were special colors released months down the road. Looks Samsung is finally utilizing those kiosks they built months back.

      • turdbogls

        yeah, both my local best buys have 2 HUGE samsung displays….not only that, but the Sammy Tablets dominate the tablet stand as well…ugh.

  • teejaycard

    Was the S5 $199 through AT&T? Because if it is and Best Buy is selling them for $229 people should just wait until they are in the stores since Best Buy price matches and it’ll save you $29 bucks.

    • Logan Jinks

      I wonder if that $229 includes the activation fee that AT&T is charging $36 for separately. If that’s the case, you save $7 with Best Buy

      • teejaycard

        Haha still something right? I worked at Best Buy Mobile for awhile and Best Buy doesn’t collect that activation fee so that wouldn’t be a charge added on top of the phone cost. So unless they’re going to somehow credit your account, which I doubt BB would, I think they’re just trying to see if they can get away with charging people more. haha

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    DISQUS can be such a FAILURE! Sheesh.

    Anyway, back to the post. I’ll probably swing by stores and check it out today, though I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting one. Would be nice to see how the Gear Fit looks in person.

  • Ray

    This really is a great idea to let consumers try their products before they are released.

    • The Narrator

      Best Buy is the perfect show room. Time to go f around and see how much space it really has left

    • michael arazan

      This way people can see it not pair with their non-samsung devices, good idea, too bad the 360 isn’t also there.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    LOL – zero in Iowa. I see how it is!

    • mcdonsco

      Dude, you’re in Iowa.

      • Joseph A. Yager

        True – I don’t have time anyway since I need to get my corn crop ready!

        • mcdonsco

          Funny, I actually considered a corn comment but refrained 🙂