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Microsoft compares Nokia Lumia 521 to Samsung Galaxy S4 in promotional video

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Microsoft compares Nokia Lumia 521 to Samsung Galaxy S4 in promotional video
After watching the video below, you might be wondering if the success of the Nokia Lumia 521 has made Microsoft a little too...brazen? Sure, the device sold out on HSN, at Walmart and on T-Mobile's pre-paid service. But putting the entry-level Windows Phone model against the Samsung Galaxy S4 juggernaut is about as fair as putting the Miami Heat up against the Orlando Magic. Yet, Ben Rudolph is on this new Microsoft video crowing about the fact that he spent $149 off-contract for the Nokia Lumia 521 and $750 off-contract for the latest Android flagship model.

Yes, the difference is about $600 which can be spent, as the video suggests, by going to the Microsoft Store and buying a three month Xbox Music pass for $30, a 16GB microSD card for $20, a pair of Monster Purity earbuds for $100, and an ASUS VivoBook X202E laptop priced at $450. But the problem is that even with all of those extra goodies, at the end of the day, you'll still be sporting an entry-level phone instead of the beast that is the Samsung Galaxy S4.



source: Microsoft via SlashGear

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posted on 31 May 2013, 12:24 23

1. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)


Tasteless promotional video.urgh! Samsung FTW.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:27 36

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


You again

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:41 32

15. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2012)


It's not talking trash about Samsung at all but just saying that you COULD get all that and a pretty nice phone for the money you would buy a GS4 for and frankly, I would get the phone AND laptop instead of just a phone... it a no brainer

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:54 19

17. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Yes I agree 50%
but for me its feels like their trash talking, without actually being talking. if not, its kinda like playing against them self, like saying you dont have to buy any high end phone (including nokia Lumia 920/928/925,xperia z ,HTC one,s4) just buy a Lumia 521/520...

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:57 13

19. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I see your point... but they could have used the 925 or 928 and still would have cost less
The 521 is a very nice phone... and really cheap for what you're getting.. which is why I think they used it here

posted on 31 May 2013, 13:07 19

23. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


How about Microsoft comapring the savings when buying Nokia 521 compared to Lumia 920 or 925?

posted on 31 May 2013, 13:33 3

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Bang!

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:10 5

30. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I can get a top end s4 or a bag full of low end stuff that would drive me nuts? Thankfully this video doesnt make me regret buying my s4 off contract.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:44 30

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Tasteless ignorant troll.urgh! Nokia FTW.

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 06:19 2

66. joajok (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


F*ck you, you fanboy. Nokia sucks you don't even have a Nokia phone. I had Lumia 800 and it sucks. Lots of bugs and lag. But of course you don't trust me because you don't have Nokia and you're fanboy

posted on 31 May 2013, 15:23 6

40. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Samsung products will eventually be banned from using all versions of Microsoft OS, including WP, Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7/8, Win Server, etc.

Nokia, Asus, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, and others will take their place...

posted on 31 May 2013, 20:04

54. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I agree. They could have done this to HTC One and iPhone 5 which is pricier here in the Philippines. AND it's not a fair comparison for a low (mid)-end phone to a high end one which should really cost you different prices. This is just awful. Samsung has more phones to offer at $149 they should have pointed that out.

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 03:57

65. bon24x7 (Posts: 206; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


I guess they compared S4 to Lumia 521 cos that's probably the only Samsung that doesn't lag or lags less comparatively.. :-|

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:24 22

2. ryq24 (Posts: 739; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I notice there was barely any customers in the store. Maybe all are at apple store or samsung's!

posted on 31 May 2013, 13:28 10

25. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


maybe they were filming so they closed the store for themselves?
maybe you should think?

posted on 31 May 2013, 13:38 4

28. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I see a samsung-apple love affair going on here, your kids will be Ugly and stupid lol

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:46 7

32. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


What You Can get for the price of the Nokia 920!? Few more Bricks!!!!!!

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 00:29 2

62. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


And your kids are all awake at night only just to capture lowlight photos

posted on 31 May 2013, 23:28 2

61. Suraj3337 (Posts: 45; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Actually the guy in the video spent $1500(for the s4 and the other stuffs), how dumb is that??!!??!!??!!

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:28 14

4. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I think they're trying to pity galaxy s4
rude talk about competitors - its in their nature
well Microsoft, if your product is good as you say people will automatically choose your product you don't have to do these kind of stupid promotional activities

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:57 6

33. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Microsoft is kind of ruining Nokia's image here...understood that it's selling good, but that's no way to advertise them.
Given the choice between the two, most people will automatically go for S4. It's a no brainer.

posted on 31 May 2013, 20:21

56. joey_sfb (Posts: 6039; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The video only remind me that Microsoft charge top dollar for very minor service. Using IE on Xbox 360 require a Xbox Live Gold account. That account has a $25 monthly subscription.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:30 23

5. SuperNexus (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Seriously, ?????
come-on Microsoft have some standard.

posted on 31 May 2013, 20:27 3

58. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


yes they make good phones, but cant keep up with Samsung in their own country, a sinking ship, is nokia.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:30 18

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Windows is cool!

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:33 8

10. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


No offense, but you sound 5.

posted on 31 May 2013, 15:11 8

36. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


and u 4

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:30 5

7. jellmoo (Posts: 1704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I see what he's doing, and it does contain a valid point regarding the cost of high end devices, but he probably shouldn't have mentioned that a 920 is his daily phone, as it kind of defeats the purpose of suggesting that an entry level device can hang with the high end.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:34 2

12. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


That caught my attention too. Its like Al Gore driving a Hummer.

posted on 31 May 2013, 18:58

51. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


In fairness, excepting storage capacity and camera prowess, the overall UX of a 521 isn't much different than any other WP8 smartphone. Closely-sized screen, runs most apps, smooth, lag-free, fluid UI, much better camera than other devices for the same price, which also don't have a flash. Not a bad comparison, just perhaps not the best. A 720 would have been a better choice, perhaps.

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