Man Roots 6-Foot Tall Nexus S At Best Buy – Lives To Tell The Tale [Video]


A friend of mine sent me this video of halfcab123 on YouTube who, while taking his Nexus S in to his local Best Buy for repairs, took the time to root the 6-foot tall Nexus S display they had in the store. A pretty amazing if not amusing feat. If you doubt that the monster sized Nexus S is in fact rooted, the guy goes on to give you video proof using Terminal Emulator. A tip of the hat to you, sir.

Thanks, Michael!

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Lol, that’s epic!

  2. haha , thats awesome

  3. epic.

  4. now install cm7 on it

  5. So good.

  6. Download ROM Manager
    Install custom ROM

  7. Since it’s rooted that means it could be used, right? Hmm… People are starting to love Giant phones. Wow history does repeat itself. Back in the day cell phones used to be the size of cordless phones, then they started getting smaller, now they’re getting larger… again. Wow ok.

    1. Nobody was cooler than Zack Morris and his cellphone. o_O


        Oh my gosh!! That is literally a portable cordless phone. I refuse to call that being cool. But I guess it was…during that time.

        I can image the antenna gone and the buttons replaced with a screen. -_-

  8. Guess I missed the self contained downloadable rooting package for the Nexus S. I thought even the latest one clicks req. a pc connection at some point. I think it would have been funny to see him gripping the volume and power button to put it into bootloader.
    Anything’s possible i guess. Either way it’s cool to see. :)

  9. Thumbs up! That’s funny! I would have thought they would lock out downloading or access to market apps

  10. I think that’s bigger than my hdtv…

  11. I want to snatch that from best buy in the middle of the night. Whose in? :D

  12. Just plain Awesome. Would love to have seen it step by step.

  13. I want to point out that he is smart enough to root a giant nexus s, but he couldn’t figure out his phone needed to be charged. what a dumbass.

    1. Seriously. When my phone doesn’t turn on for some reason, very first thing I do is plug it in to a power source to see if, say, the battery is dead? If that doesn’t work, I try another power source before I assume something must be wrong with the phone.

      Great. You rooted a giant Nexus S. Next time leave the story about how much you’re a dumbass out of it.

      1. as soon as you make a post like this, your credibility is zero, go troll somewhere else.

        1. Your credibility went to zero when you didn’t know your dead phone had to be charged. Go play butthurt somewhere else.

    2. He also couldn’t figure out how to take a better video by holding your phone sideways.

        1. Butt hurt much?

    3. I was thinking the same thing after I watched the video ….. very amusing

      1. Yeah well, guess, what i plugged my phone in and it wouldn’t work even when plugged in, nothing worked, and i was low on money at that time, and it freaked me out.

        1. No worries man, I did not mean anything by the comment, I’ve done plenty of stuff that would classify in the same category ….

    4. Oh ? Did you wanna make sure you pointed that out ? Get a life.

  14. download titanium backup.

  15. If that is just a regular phone being displayed on a big touchscreen, then i want the app that does that. I’d love to dock my phone in the car and get the display with touch support on a bigger in-dash unit.

  16. if he said “rooted” one more time i was going to shoot myself ;)

    1. no its ok you don’t have to wait, go ahead.

  17. LOL, totally awesome. xD

  18. cool

  19. I wonder how long it took to download the huge rom for that phone.

  20. LMAO nice!

  21. Looking at someone banned at the VZW store for putting Android OS on the iPad thanks to a another hacker giving me the idea to paint my town green. Yes i actually had to buy the ipad got caught in the finishing stage hard to hide a netbook connected to a display unit and my buddy laughing. But hey if they didnt make me wait over 2hrs i wouldnt ov had the time to do it

  22. He’s from… a site that has kanged every noteworthy dev in the community. They host roms, themes, and mods built by other people on their website without permission from the original devs. All downloads are hidden behind a $5 “donation” paywall. They charge people money for work that’s not their own and that is available from other android dev forums for free. Don’t support anything even remotely related to that kang site.

    1. Don’t post if you don’t know what your talking about, thanks have a good day.

  23. screenshot you jackass! run SCREENSHOT!

  24. You know, someone else probably rooted it and he is laying claim to it. Nowhere in the video did he actually show that he rooted it. Hell it could’ve even been rooted from the factory or some kid that works at Best Buy got a hold of it and rooted it. This video just shows nothing more than that Nexus S is rooted, nowhere does it show who actually did it.

    1. This is Chris’ girlfriend :) I was actually with him while he rooted it, we were there for about an hour, so I do know for sure that he did it. And yes, the download took forever.

      1. Oh really? Well what and where did he plug it into? The macro HDMI port on the side? Yes, I said macro because a big ass Nexus.

        1. uh.. no – the files are all online.

  25. Does this have a MicroHDMI out?

    Would you need it?

  26. Chris, why are you playing super defender? First day on the internet? People like to rip stuff apart, calm down. You’re making yourself look like a douchbag. And I’m sure you’ll further that by coming back at me. Oh well.

  27. And I thought the video was hilarious, whether he actually rooted it or not.

  28. Makes me want to go to my Best Buy & root their display model. But if I get caught, I’m not buying it.

  29. The giant Nexus S at my Best Buy is rooted too…

  30. I would have much rather I been a 6 foot tall man, rooting a regular sized nexus.. :/

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