By Evan Ackerman
Back at CES, we told you that Microsoft Surface would be showing up in retail locations sometime this spring. We were told that it would be Las Vegas at first, but instead, we’re going to see it in five AT&T retail stores on April 17th, where (if you’re lucky and live near one of the stores) YOU can try it out for yourself. Here’s what you’ll be able to do:
• Learn. Customers can review features of a particular mobile device by simply placing it on the display. Surface will recognize the device and provide a graphical overview of its capabilities. Customers will be able to place two devices side by side on the unit and easily compare their features.
• Explore. Customers view interactive coverage maps at the national, state, local or street level, using simple touch and hand movement to scale and move the maps, determining their coverage area.
• Customize. In the future, customers will be able to drag and drop ring tones, graphics, video and more by “grabbing” content with their hands from a menu on the display and “dropping” it into the phone.
At first, you’ll be able to test Surface with the store’s (not your personal) Samsung BlackJack II, LG Shine, BlackBerry Curve 310, Samsung a737, Sony Ericsson w580i, Sony Ericsson z750, Pantech Duo, or Motorola v3xx. After the jump, see where the first units will be located.
New York City
381 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10017
350 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
3429 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
13127 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78216
1206 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
Based on the reception, AT&T may introduced Surface to other markets later on this year.