Aug 02 AT 11:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 35 Comments

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Nexus S

The Nexus S doesn’t have a dual-core processor. It doesn’t feature a 3D display. There is no HDMI port, microSD card slot, or even a notification light. However, ask any Nexus S owner what they think about the phone and they are likely to tell you that it is the best Android has to offer.

So why does a smartphone that was released in 2010 rank among the best that you can buy right now? It all comes down to software.

As most of you know, the Nexus series offers a pure Google experience which means no bloatware or funky skins. Best of all, the updates are managed by Google so the Nexus devices are always the first to receive the latest Android software.

I’ve owned the T-Mobile version of the Nexus S since it was launched last year and I can easily say it’s still my favorite Android phone. Even though it doesn’t have a dual-core processor, the overall experience just feels smoother than any other device I’ve used.

The other major advantage of the Nexus series is that they are fully unlocked, which allows you to easily load a custom ROM like CyanogenMod.

Best Buy Mobile Offers All Versions of Nexus S from Google for Free on August 3

Today Best Buy announced an exclusive one-day sale on Nexus S phones valid on all carriers who support the device - AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Customers can pick up a free Nexus S, either as a new phone or an upgrade purchase, with two-year activation. The deal is available at all Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile. If you want to order online, the deal is live right now.

Isn’t the Nexus 3 coming out later this year?

Yes, it’s true that we are expecting another Nexus smartphone to be available by Christmas, so please consider this before you buy. I seriously doubt the Nexus 3 will be offered for free, so I’d still take advantage of this special Best Buy offer if you are in need of a phone right now. If you want to upgrade to the next Nexus later this year, you can always pass your Nexus S along to a family member or resell the device on a site like Swappa or Gazelle.

Best of all, you can be sure that when Ice Cream Sandwich (the next version of Android) is available that Google will release it for the Nexus S. It probably won’t happen on day one, but the Nexus S should be the first existing device to receive the update.

If you own the Nexus S, please sound off and let the potential buyers know what you think of the device.

Source: Best Buy

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