Man roots giant Nexus S device at Best Buy

Man roots giant Nexus S device at Best Buy
You remember those giant sized Nexus S replicas that have been hanging around Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. Perhaps you have even had the opportunity to play around with them, no doubt using the browser to check the latest news on phoneArena. We have had the opportunity to use one and we can vouch that they work almost exactly like a regular sized Nexus S, it just won't fit in your pocket.

A few months ago, it seems that a customer was on line at Best Buy with his broken phone, waiting to get it repaired. When he spotted the Nexus S replica, a thought came to his mind and he rooted the phone. A video was made of the aftermath of the rooting of the giant unit and while the actual steps used to root the phone were not taped, you can see the man show off the Superuser icon and his ability to run a superuser on terminal emulator to prove that the device was rooted.

It shows you how much like a real Nexus S the giant displays are. We can only imagine what was going through the mind of the Google employee in charge of the display after finding that someone was able to root what was really meant to be a giant conversation piece. Ironically, the model of the phone that the customer was bringing in for repair was a-you guessed it-a Nexus S.

source: YouTube via Phandroid

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Nexus S
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h 3G talk time)



1. zrataza unregistered

How did he root the phone...without connecting to a computer? I'm guessing I've yet to uncover some secret way to root an android? :(

3. android_hitman unregistered

you can root it w/o connect to a pc :D

8. Trayes unregistered

How can u root a nexus s without a computer? Ive looked all over the internet and could not find an answer.

14. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010


2. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I'd be happy to take out of those off their hands.... ;]

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

lawwwl! now i wanna root one! it's a new trend. i smell it coming. xD

5. Planar Employee unregistered

I work for the company that makes these giant phones -- Planar. I work in a different department but I believe I heard we actually have the phone inside them, running it and it's just hooked up to the large LCD.

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Hope that big nexus s wasn't insured... Someone just broke warrenty!! BUSTED BIG TIME! OHH YEAHH! lol jp

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Reminds me of all the jailbreaked iphones i've seen in the shops...

10. joey18

Posts: 681; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

smart ass guy

11. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

if he's so smart, why is he at Best Buy to get his phone fixed??????

12. anonymous2 unregistered

Uh, he was not getting his phone fixed. He was going to exchange it when they told him that his phone fell off the charger. If my phone freaked out on day 29 of a 30 day return policy, I would want a new one if I could take advantage of it.

13. chris228311 unregistered

I don't believe it. He should have recorded the bottom of the giant nexus when he typed su enter cuz it would have said terminal emulator was granted superuser permissions

15. Reign1Supreme unregistered

they're actually taking those large phones down from the select stores that had them.

16. Animal99 unregistered

First off, in the date of the rooted, it says SuperUser was installed on 5/16/2011 at 10:19:07 and that terminal emulator was installed at 10:34:51...This Nexus S was NOT available until 5/08/11...He could only have had his phone for 8 (EIGHT) DAYS! Not 29! Second...Nice job tho....but, dude...BE HONEST!!

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