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Best Buy Demoes 42-inch Nexus S Giant Smartphone

Best Buy has build a supersized version of the Google Nexus S smartphone to be used as a marketing tool in one of its stores in San Carlos, near San Francisco.

Jason Kincaid from Techcrunch said that customers were being attracted to it like moths to a flame even during early morning hours. We haven't heard of such a device being rolled out in the UK, where Carphone Warehouse is selling the Nexus S.

The device not only works (i.e. you can make phone calls), but also has a 42-inch touchscreen, a working camera and internet connectivity; it is actually powered by the Nexus S smartphone albeit one that has some special video-out capabilities.

Google has a number of large (resistive) touchscreen displays showing Google Earth in its HQ in Victoria and it is likely that the giant Nexus S is just a modified version.

The Nexus S is only available at Carphone Warehouse in the UK from as little as £430 plus a £10 top-up either on Orange, O2 or Vodafone; it can be purchased for that price unlocked which makes the PAYG version sold on T-Mobile at £550, useless.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.