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My Experience at a Nokia Experience Center (Sucked)

March 23, 2006 in Nokia Randomness

t mysteriously deleted itself when I published, so I guess it’s time to talk about something else.

A few weeks back I went to a friend’s place up in Hackensack – it’s about 5 minutes drive from Garden State Plaza, one of the, if not the largest mall in New Jersey. My goal was to hit up the Nokia Experience Center and check out the newest Nokia cell phones, maybe win some free phones or something cool like that.

Me and my friend (my friend and I) asked four different people where “the Nokia store” was. Sadly nobody had any idea – I was thinking that it probably wasn’t even open yet or something happened, etc.

So we finally find one of the mall workers who points us in the right direction. We pass the Sony store with its super-overpriced laptops and finally we stop at one of the mall intersections. In front of us is a TINY little cubicle that says “Nokia” on the top.

Ever the optimist, I say to myself, “There’s no way that’s the store. It’s probably around the corner or something.” Unfortunately it was not to be. That little fruit stand of a Nokia store ended up being the “Nokia Experience Center,” or in other words the smallest piece of garbage store that I still to this day cannot believe bears the Nokia name. I could take my collection of Nokia phones, put them in my garage, and it would be a nicer place than the Nokia Experience Center.

The stand was about (literally) 10 feet by 5 feet. And of course there were about 5 other people in the “store” trying to roam around and browse but in reality just bumping into each other. It was horrible. The guy working there looked ridiculously bored (how long could you possibly watch people bump into other people??). The people bumping around looked bored. I was definitely bored. The phones they had on display were either phones that you could easily find in any Cingular/Tmobile kiosk OR existed like 5 years ago. Like the 6800. I love my Nokia 6800, but it’s oldschool and it belongs in a museum with the dinosaur bones.

The only “nice” phone they had there was the 8800. And finally, the “Nokia Experience Center” isn’t even a store – you can’t actually buy anything.

I was not happy that day.


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