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Only at CES: Microsoft challenges your smartphone to a duel, bets you a $100 that Windows Phone is faster

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Only at CES: Microsoft challenges your smartphone to a duel, bets you a $100 that Windows Phone is faster
Ben Rudolph, also known as Ben the PC Guy, is a Microsoft employee who is on his way to adopting a guru status. He is a nerdy individual – “Part Inspector Gadget and Part Rambo”, as some describe him, and he is very well known for his passion about Windows and the hardware that runs it.

Now, Ben is attending CES 2012 and one of his missions there is to promote the Windows Phone platform. Want to know how? Well, the following lines will give you a good idea:


Think your smartphone faster than a Windows Phone? Swing by the Microsoft booth on January 10 – 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. PT to put it to the test. If you win, you get $100. If you get #smokedbywindowsphone, you have to confess it to your friends with your new Windows Phone in hand – Ben will hold you to it. To find Ben at CES and take the challenge follow @BenThePCGuy.

In a nutshell, if you own a non-Windows Phone handset, you are given the opportunity to put it against one and see which one is faster. If your smartphone loses the challenge, you will walk away with a brand new Windows Phone device. If your smartphone turns out to be superior, a hundred dollars will make it to your pocket.

What do you guys think about Ben's challenge? Do you think that your smartphone is faster than a Windows Phone? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:30 8

1. Netolic (Posts: 142; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Kinda unfair. Bec consumers will have their phones loaded with apps. While the their phones are stock phones.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:31 7

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


agree but still sounds cool

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:36 3

45. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


You know what's funny here and do I mean really funny. Everytime I read these post people are always complaining Windows doesn't have quad this and quad that, but now they have the chance to put up or shut up (and they'll win no matter what) and all you read is - How do I know it's not stocked up or my phone might have more apps or blah blah blah. What it tells me for all those with the quad this and quad that don't even really believe in their own products. Maybe the next excuse is I took the battery out! It's been a while since I've read such comical stuff.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 08:17

53. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


very well said

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:54

9. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


stock phones if we're lucky... how do we know these things aren't like super tuned? how likely? i'm not quite sure but who'se to say if people go out and buy these phones because of this demonstration that the phone they get from t-mo or at&t won't run anything like this one? it's a fun little game though i won't lie. and people who are stupid will be stupid even if the game is stacked in their favor...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:32 2

24. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


are u kidding me....? designing special phones for just this small event? wp doesnot support dual core yet, so at max it could be a1.5ghz single core...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:42

29. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Microsoft is always full of lies so we don't trust him ;-)

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 03:07

39. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Have you held a WP7 phone in hand before?
You wouldn't question this if you did!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 04:02 1

42. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Dude ... get real...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:53 12

31. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


what do u mean unfair? ur geting 100 dollars or a brand new windows phone!!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 02:43 5

38. Se3ker (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


So what are you saying that if you install apps to your phone, the phone performance is less? how? why? are they all running at once? Ive got now 76 apps and 45 games installed on my WP7 and the performance of anything has not changed, just my hard drive space.

I would be more interested how are they gonna measure the performance and what areas will they test.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 04:03

43. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Well the thing is that for WP there is no difference in how much apps you have on your device ;) at least I don't see any difference on my phone :)

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:00

47. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Actually, it's unfair because the challenge is limited to "10 categories", which means the game is rigged, much like any HTML5 test you may find from Microsoft to show off IE.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 08:15 1

52. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


oh michael heller, so now i got why you posted like that about the challenge . You were against this competition before even it started. you know what, if i were the ceo of phonearena, you would be searching for another job now.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 00:04

54. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Pathetic!
Shows how ill-informed PhoneArena team is, trying to find loop holes in the challenge.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:31 6

3. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


a speed challenge? oh boy i know ppl are lines for this!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:40 10

4. TechyMexican (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


you win either way :]

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:21 4

20. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


i think thats the point.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:40 3

5. flopjoke (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


I would load my phone with many apps just to get my hands on a free WP device xD

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:03 10

11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


On an Android device, that's relatively easy since it already lags anyways. ZING!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:09 10

16. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


The whole "zing" thing your doing is making you look even more douchebaggy than before

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:24 2

22. paulyyd (Posts: 327; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


cool story bro

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:13 2

34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Cool story, bro.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 08:12 1

44. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


ZING!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:37 2

25. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Thanks for thy instant entertainment that thou hast provided us once again.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:47 4

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


hmm win and earn $100 or lose and earn between $200-$400...tough call, tough call.
hope he's ready to lose a bunch of cash to Galaxy S II (Exynos Variants) Galaxy Nexus & Droid Razr owners though.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:52 6

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 638; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Samsung stll can't fix Exynos to handle LTE data speeds though

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:59 2

10. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


hopefully the next exynos processor will be able collaborate with lte because if it cant than we will be stuck with snapdragons and ti omap processors. i'm not sayin that they're are bad or terrible but its not wat ppl are going to expect for a next gen smartphone...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:03 6

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


They apparently can't even fix the other problems with their handsets.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:36 5

27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6694; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The Miz please STFU.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:13 7

33. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Go Go Gadgetaway

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:12 1

48. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


dont forget the ZING!!! LOL

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:09

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


apparently they did it with the 7.7 on Verizon. it's totally befuddling me. o:

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:49 4

7. jphillips63 (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Just root ya phone and take off all the bloatware and remove your apps and overclock it and then see I'd be willing to bet the phone they use won't be the exact same hardware as a phone you would buy. There test phone has been tweaked as well you can bet on that one.

James

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:04 9

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh yeah, just go ahead and root your phone because it's as easy as walking to the bathroom.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:10 3

18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it really is. xD

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:40 2

46. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well now we know how Android phones are made lol. ZING!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 01:36 2

35. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Look up who WugFresh is. Rooting is much easier to do on any Android phone that jailbreaking an iPhone.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:13 1

49. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


ZING!!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:08 1

14. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


hopefully the next exynos processor will be able collaborate with lte because if it cant than we will be stuck with snapdragons and ti omap processors. i'm not sayin that they're are bad or terrible but its not wat ppl are going to expect for a next gen smartphone...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:08

15. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


but wat if a tegra 3 quad core was used????

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:12 3

19. jphillips63 (Posts: 184; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Rooting isn't hard they even have one step roots now in the market just download the app and your rooted. Go over to xda or android central and they have custom roms already setup all you have to do is install and you're good to go. Heck I frred up over half the ram in my rezound and have now gotten up to 29 hrs on one battery charge just by installing clean tool that removed the bloatware that is installed on these phones.

James

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:27

23. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Nice!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:21 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Ben the PC guy is an intellectually dishonest asshole.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:26 1

26. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Oh crap cant my dumb phone participate in this one?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:38 1

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6694; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


My Tegra 2 CAN BEAT Windows phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 23:47

30. bucky (Posts: 1561; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i wish i lived close by. I would bring an exynos sgs2 running at 1.6ghz with a freshly loaded rom and kernel...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 03:14 3

41. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


And I'll be right behind you to pick up the Windows phone - since you hate them anyway!
Hint: You get a Windows Phone if you lose.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 00:01 4

32. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Wow....!!!!
Windows phone faster = I win.
Windows Phone slower= I win.

That's one heck of a deal!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 01:37 4

36. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Unless you're The_Miz, then you lose!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 01:42 1

37. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Agreed

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 03:08 1

40. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Wish I was there!
Would stand in line with a 4S or an S2 - borrowed of course!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 14:19

50. -box- (Posts: 3866; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hmm, cost of a plane ticket and admission to CES > unlocked WP7.5?

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 15:12 1

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you wouldn't go for the WP smartie. you'd go for the experience and you'd just leave with a WP IF that's all you got. i'm sure there would be plenty of other free stuff there too.

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