Best Buy has the Samsung Nexus S for $100 with a two year contract from T-Mobile for a limited time. The sale runs from now until March 23rd and customers must be enrolled in Best Buy's Reward Zone program to be eligible for the deal, which is featured as an "in store only," price. The Nexus S is the pure Google Experience, with no overlays like MotoBlur or TouchWiz. Just a pure Gingerbread flavor of Android. It has a 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display with Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor. IT also has twin cameras including a rear facing camera that shoots 720x480 video. Sadly, no HD. The Nexus S comes in both Black and White.
The Best Buy Reward Zone Program is like those mileage points offered by credit cards, only instead of mileage, customers get points that they can turn in for gift certificates, to the tune of 250 points for a $5 reward certificate. Premiere Silver status is awarded after spending $2500 in one calendar year, and that earns customers 1.25 points per dollar spent. Customers also get a 45-day extended return period on purchases and free standard shipping from orders at BestBuy.com. There's also special access to promotions and deals like the sale price on the Nexus S, as well as a 6 months free music streaming membership, with downloads. And the best part, membership is FREE.
The only mixed bag here is having a T-Mobile contract. Recently, T-Mobile received less than stellar remarks from a customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power. Power found that the "Get More" network received consistently below average marks across the board in factors such as dropped calls, failures to connect, voice quality and late arriving text messages. Verizon was listed as getting the highest ratings with Sprint and AT&T battling it out for second. With T-Mobile's current marks down on the list, the question remains would it be better in the long run to forgo this $100 deal and go with the Nexus S at full price? At least then, users can choose a better network. Then again, depending on a users location, the service may be just fine.
Check out our review of the Nexus S here.