Is Smartphone Test Driving Smart?

Samsung ultimate test drive

A while ago, I ran a short series of tips on how to simplify your tech life. One of those tips was to pilot products–hardware or software–when you can, to see if it’s a fit before you commit.

Samsung agrees with that approach. The company recently introduced an “Ultimate Test Drive” promotion to allow iPhone owners to take a Galaxy smartphone for a spin for 30 days. The price? A whopping… one dollar.

I find this very interesting from a teaching and learning perspective. With this test drive program, Samsung is acknowledging that switching to a new phone is not easy for many people. In fact, for a lot of us, the thought can be overwhelming. Learning new hardware, a new user interface, and gaining new muscle memory introduces quite a large learning curve for people who are used to a certain way of working with their phones.

But for the first time in a long time, I’m tempted to see if 30 days will really convince me.

More on mobile:

IT Training and IT Community Partnerships recently held a couple of webinars on using key mobile apps here at IU. You can find those webinar recordings here:

If you’re interested in additional mobile app information/training to help you be successful in your IU work and/or studies, please leave a comment on this post or contact ittraining@iu.edu about topics you’d like to see us address.

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