Just happened to be driving around Cupertino and Stanford yesterday, so checked out the mall next to Stanford University Medical Center. Very nice mall with all the high end fashion named stores that my wife knows and I'm clueless about. But, they did have a Sony store, Apple Store and a Microsoft Store. The Sony and Microsoft stores were huge in comparison to the tiny amount of space the Apple store had. It was actually the smallest one I have ever been in. That said, guess which store was the busiest at 1pm on a Wednesday? And yes, the Sony and Microsoft stores look similar to Apple's with the hardwood floors, tables spread out across the floor with product displays and so forth. What I thought was classic, was the fact that a lot of Sony's products weren't on! I couldn't look at them to see how they functioned. And the 6 sales people that worked there (and we were the only 2 people in a 6000 sq ft store) couldn't turn any of them on! They looked like the Nano watch, but no idea what the display looked like or if they required a Sony phone to function. Most of their phones were locked to a set video as well, so couldn't see the UI in action. Kinda disappointing. First Sony store I have ever been to, so not sure if that is common? The Microsoft Store had everything up and functioning and I had another chance to play with a Nokia Lumia 900. I previously thought the outside shell was aluminum, but this one felt like plastic to me? Not sure. But the OS was fast. Have to wait and see WP8 though. I just don't think I could stand looking at big brightly colored square blocks on a home screen all the time. On to some pics. One looks like the other, however one is selling products, the other is not. There is also something wrong with the Mac store. Can you spot it?