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Staples Goes All in on Tablets & eBook Readers

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Best Buy has done a great job capturing the consumer mindshare, and wallet-share, over the past few years, but Staples is about to dive in full force in an attempt to become the go to retail location for tablets. As this week’s ad for Staples suggests, you can go into a local Staples location and go hands on with Android and BlackBerry tablets as well as the Dell Inspiron Duo and two of the hottest eBook readers.

Staples bets big on tablets

Staples Tablet ad

I was in the local Staples, checking out the new displays and caught site of the Android endcap which prominently declares the arrival of Android at Staples. At this point, the tablets hadn’t been setup, but the BlackBerry PlayBook, Xoom and Nook Color were prominently displayed.

You should be able to walk into your local Staples and go hands on with the following Tablets:

While some stores may be hiding the Xoom, it is hard to miss these tablets as you walk through the store. Best of all, each of the tablets that had been set out for display was easily accessible. Rather than setting out demo units that weren’t connected to the internet Staples has in store WiFi which all of these tablets can connect to. This allows you to really check out the full capabilities of each Tablet within a few feet of each other. On a side note, anyone can use the in-store WiFi to connect and check your email.

Tablets at Staples

Well, Tablets are almost here.

In addition to the numerous tablets, Staples also has the hottest eBook readers on display for you to test out – the Kindle and the Nook Color, which is essentially an Android tablet now that it has apps.

While there is no iPad in the store, the tablet setup at Staples provided the most access to tablets I have seen outside of CES. The demo setups are also designed to let you play with and pick up the devices. Thanks to the popularity of the iPad, even without one in the store, most users will have the opportunity to play with the iPad thanks to a friend or coworker.

It’s great to see that tablets are coming into retail stores in a way that allows consumers to actually play with and use the devices. This is the type of retail presence that Android and all tablets need to have a chance at competing with the ever present iPad.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    05/02/2011 at 3:18 pm

    Well – kind of makes sense as Staples and its like are essentially office supply stores. A big part of that has traditionally been paper products of course. And with the tablet being the latest yet attempt to replace the paper pad with something digital – well – you see – it just kind of fits.

  2. Carlton Flowers

    05/02/2011 at 4:40 pm

    I am glad to see the Android tablets getting attention like this. I still don’t understand the success of the iPad considering that they have not settled the whole Flash issue with Adobe. I prefer the iPad over all the others, but I have a website that requires Flash that I would be using the tablet for as my primary work purpose. It angers me that I will have to buy an Android tablet (if I even decide on buying one) to do my work because they are Flash-enabled.

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