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Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong

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Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong
Back at this year’s CES, Microsoft was putting up $100 bets that Windows Phone was faster than what you had in your pocket, for what it dubbed the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge. The challenge encompassed a variety of tasks such as taking a picture and uploading it to Twitter. Any non-Windows Phone device was eligible to compete against Ben “The PC Guy” Rudolf’s HTC Titan.

Microsoft did so well in the challenge, only 3 losses out of almost 30 challenges, that it has taken the stunt across the globe. The Smoked by Windows Phone event has hit Hong Kong for the weekend. The event is scheduled to run from Friday to Saturday and the ante has been upped to HK$1000, which is approximately $130 US.

Friday’s results are already in and so far Windows Phone is boasting flawless victories. Paul the Windows Phone Guy has taken on 11 challengers and has defeated them all. The fatalities include an Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4S, HTC Sensation XL, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Note, and an unknown brand and model of a Japanese Android Phone.

All the action is being filmed and broadcast onto large screens so that those passing by can watch the challenge. So far they only had a view of Windows Phone dominating, but we will have to see if any challengers have what it takes over the next two days to take down Windows Phone and claim their prize.

Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong
Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong
Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong
Smoked by Windows Phone challenge heads to Hong Kong


source: WMPowerUser

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:04 3

1. Luuthian (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I've owned both a Samsung Focus and an iPhone 4, and I have to agree that WP7 is faster at accomplishing certain tasks... But a lot of that is because the funtionality is built in and requires fewer button presses.

At actually processing tasks, the phone is no speed devil. It's nice and fluid, but a number of apps take far longer to load.

If you're just a casual user off the street, you likely won't be as fast because you don't intimately know the phone or haven't practiced with your phone like Ben has. But if you know what you're doing, the S2 and the 4S are hardly slouches. Not to mention this doesn't address the largest problem WP7 has right now... a serious lack of apps.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:56 2

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I agree. Wp7 is faster at some tasks due to baked in functionality and a simplistic UI. I like wp7, but I need androids functionality and apps. I still think this is a great publicity stunt, sure to create some buzz.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 21:14 2

3. Luuthian (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Hahaha, yeah I agree it's a brilliant marketing stunt. Besides, I'm sure your average consumer wouldn't understand why the WP7 device is winning so often anyways, and without that context it just serves to make WP7 look fast and desirable.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 03:10 2

12. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


The "serious lack of apps" argument is getting really old and untrue. With 50 000+ apps and growing with the fastest rate ever, that argument is pretty much starting to sound like bunch of bulls**t nowadays :-)

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 03:34 1

14. Luuthian (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Bulls**t? Really? Part of the reason I got rid of my Focus was because the lack of apps is an unfortunate reality of the platform. Having a few basic apps everyone uses is hardly a success.

The WP7 app store is like a convienence store: It has the barest essentials and some fluff. The iTunes store is like a Super Wallmart: It has EVERYTHING.

There are still a huge number of apps based on companies, websites, banks, magazines, games, and everyday tools that the WP7 market lacks. It especially fails hard on the gaming side of things thanks to a weak graphics chip, Microsoft's horrible release scheduling system, and general lack of support.

I'm not saying it isn't growing or it won't be successful, but it has a hell of a long way to go still. It would have to multiply itself 10 times to catch up to Apple at this point.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 00:09

4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Am I the only one who finds this kinda sad? I won't buy a phone simply because it can do simple task quickly, my old SE W850 can do that...

I buy a phone because of it's functionality and apps available for it...and so far Windows Phone has not appealed to me because it has the mixture of both the cons of iOS and Android, the lack of apps Android used to have as well the lack of functionality of iOS (or some people prefer to call it "Simplicity").

and if the Windows phone couldn't have been like minutes faster than a 4S or Android, no way, it was probably only a couple of seconds, and a couple of seconds don't really mean anything in my book...

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 00:14

6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


windows phone isnt for me. but the platform is on the come up. it now has most of the basic apps that people use everyday. win8 might be better. idk. i like following the platform, but i know ill never buy a windows phone device.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 00:14 2

5. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2011)


i dont think its that fast, i won with this challenge with my sgs 2 against a lumia 710...although the prize money was pathetic, 1000 ind rupees (around US 20 dollars)

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 02:54

10. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yeah sure hahahaha!

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 01:35 1

7. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Microsoft is a liar,they just overclocked their processors.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 02:15

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nah, they just do challenges that they know they can win at...

Take a picture quicker? They have a dedicated camera button on their phones.

Upload a status to ALL social networks? Who the hell does that? But nevertheless, Windows Phone has the ability to do that.

Check the weather? If my SGS2 had put a weather widget on my homescreen just like how he had a weather tile on his homescreen, I would have won too. Same as the iPhone, all he had to do was pull down the notification bar.

In fact any challenge that they put up that has anything to do with social network was unfair anyway, Windows Phone was built all about social networking. Just like how if I gave an iPhone and a Windows Phone the challenge to change the UI of their phones to the opposing person's. I can make my Android look like both either an iPhone or a WP7, but obviously, the iPhone and WP7 can't make their phone look like mine.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 03:06 1

11. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


What would be the use of making the challenge about changing the UI to make it look like the other persons UI? Is that a normal everyday task for you? -_-

And what is so unfair with Windows Phone about winning on social networking, just because it has them all built-in? Is this competition about showing how bad Your OS's are, or how good Windows Phone is? Probably both.

Sorry mate, but they can't help but focusing on certain flaws of your OS and the superiority of Windows Phone in those areas. It's not unfair, it's just how it actually is :-) Your phones are better at other stuff, but not this stuff, so what you call "unfair" is actually just the bitter reality ;-) Soak it up, it's a good and unusual OS that deserves cred for not being just another copy :-)

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 03:22

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It's not unfair in a sense that a certain OS has this function and another does, I'm not saying that. What I'm saying in using these as a basis for a competition to show your phone is better isn't exactly fair. That's like if Apple goes around asking to challenge both Android's and WP7's voice commands VS their Siri. Or Samsung running around challenging iPhones and WP7 in who takes more pictures in 5 seconds with a Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 02:53

9. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Even if they overclocked the WP7 HTC Titan, it's still a single core. Those phones it beat are dual cores. That unnamed Japanese Android though could be either a single core or dual core.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 12:24 1

15. mrfwy (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Windows Mobile 7.5 apps are better than the many junk Android apps !!

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