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Nexus S Debuts but Being Sold Exclusively at Best Buy

12/07/2010 03:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yesterday Google announced the newest handset in the Android portfolio -- the Nexus S which will be running Gingerbread (Android 2.3). It was not more than a few weeks ago that Eric Schmidt was spotted showing off the Nexus S -- at the Web 2.0 summit in California. Google developed this smartphone with Samsung. The company explains that they have spent a considerable amount of time with Samsung -- to ensure that the handset delivers a "pure Google" experience. From Andy Rubin's (VP of Engineering) post, I am making an educated guess as to what a "pure Google" experience is like:

  • Features a 4" Contour Display
  • A 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • NFC
  • Improvements in the user interface
  • A new keyboard and text selection tool
  • Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling
  • Improved copy/paste functionality
  • Gyroscope sensor support
Missing from the experience is a dual core processor -- like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2Ghz processor. This would have been a very nice addition to the overall "pure Google" experience.

Apart from the experience there is a very nice set of technical features that the Nexus S will be sporting:

  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560x1920)
What I am most excited about seeing on the Nexus S is NFC or near field communications. Essentially, NFC is a short-range wireless communications technology that allows NFC enabled devices to exchange information. This is wireless technology can be used in mobile payment systems. One such possibility for NFC is ISIS.

This is a partnership between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile -- where the companies are building a national mobile commerce system. This is a platform that will leverage smartphones -- like the Nexus S -- and NFC to affect mobile payments. ISIS essentially turns your Nexus S into a mobile wallet.

Strangely enough the Nexus S is only being sold at Best Buy stores:

The Nexus S is being sold exclusively through Best Buy in the U.S. online and in retail stores paired with a T-Mobile two-year service agreement and qualifying Even More voice and data plan, or available unlocked at full MSRP price. The Nexus S will run on a GSM network and will ship with a T-Mobile SIM card in the box. T-Mobile does not plan to sell the Nexus S through any of its channels. The Nexus S will be available for $199 with a T-Mobile two-year service agreement and qualifying Even More voice and data plan starting on December 16th.

-T-Mobile

What are your thought on the Best Buy exclusivity deal? Do you think that the Nexus S should also be sold at T-Mobile stores?