Originally Posted by ScandaLeX
At one time this was very true. Pre-orders made everybody giddy merely because we got phones before they actually launched in store.
Going back several phone releases this hasn't been the case. People who pre-ordered started receiving their phones after the launch date.
I actually look forward to the in-store launch. Pre-ordering would cause me to have a stroke.
I'm not sure where you're getting your info. I got my Note 2 early and my wife got her S4 early. As a matter of fact, if you google "Galaxy S4 shipping early" or "iPhone 4s shipping early" or "galaxy note 2 shipping early" you'll see news reports for each of those devices shipping 5 to 14 days prior to the announced ship dates.