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#SmokedByWindowsPhone Challenge at Microsoft Store can net you free Windows Phone unit

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#SmokedByWindowsPhone Challenge at Microsoft Store can net you free Windows Phone unit
Do you think that your non-Windows Phone is the roughest, toughest hombre, uh, smartphone around? Microsoft begs to differ with you. Take your phone to any of the 14 Microsoft Stores in the country and participate in the #SmokedByWindowsPhone challenge. You might remember the challenge which proved how fast Windows Phones are with its built in functionality. The challenge started at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, went to the web and then was the focus of television commercials. Now the contest heaqds to Microsoft's retail location.

Can your phone beat a Windows Phone?

Can your phone beat a Windows Phone?

The challenges are Pocket to Picture to Post, Using the People Hub to Stay in Touch with the People You Care About Most, Updating Your Status Across Multiple Social Networks and Local Scout. Obviously, if you already have a Windows Phone, you are excluded from taking the challenge. If you win, Microsoft will give you a new Hunger Games HP Folio 13 laptop worth a cool $1,049. And even if you lose, Microsoft will give you any Windows Phone that you want, excluding the Nokia Lumia 800 bundle. You can receive the free phone without a contract if you give up your current smartphone. If you want to keep your current phone and the free Windows Phone model, you will have to sign a 2-year deal.

So start training your current handset like it was Rocky. The contest already started on Friday and ends March 29th or until every Microsoft Store has awarded the 10 prizes each was allotted.

source: Microsoft

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posted on 23 Mar 2012, 23:57 6

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Does it have to be stock? Any customization allowed?

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 07:03 2

21. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


is wp7 stock? yes. then why would you go with a baked rom against it (fyi cheat)?
oh yeah, sorry, stock droid will never be that fine. :D

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 08:50 3

24. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Well, I look at it like NASCAR and rally racing. Stock Windows can hit some impressive speeds. Probably because all it has to do is make left-hand turns all day on relatively static track conditions. Any deviations from those conditions and things grind down to a halt.
Android, like the rally race, can deal with unexpected turns left or right... there are inclines and declines, differing road conditions, and differing weather conditions - because that's real world conditions. And still do all that while maintaining a relatively high rate of speed.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 09:51 1

29. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


That's what they all say

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:15 2

31. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Seems like you don't know much about autoracing or cellphones for that matter.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:55 1

33. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I know this... a stock car wouldn't do s**t at Le Mans. And I know this about equipment testing, you can focus on beating the benchmarks, but that doesn't mean a damn thing in real world usage.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 12:51 2

37. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


That's like saying since a formula 1 car can't drag race against a funny car then therefore its a crappy car. Different car, different track, different scenario. Lrn2autoracing.

Each OS has its pros and cons and Windows Phone is capitalizing on its pro. There is no "best" OS, they are different and better in different scenarios. Just like autoracing and all the different types of cars out there.

Stop being so myopic.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 13:09 1

38. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


That's kind of exactly my point though. Benchmarks are like racing on a track. There are set parameters. Real world usage has dynamic parameters. One is optimized to perform on track conditions. One is able to operate under a myriad of changing conditions.
It's like when teachers only teach the material on standardized testing so they get a higher student test average for the school, but still churn out students that have no real education. If the racing analogy wasn't working for you. It was only an analogy.

Stop being so myopic yourself.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 17:11

41. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


You started making sense then veered off into idiot speak. The idea that only one works well under changing conditions is in itself an idiotic statement. The racing analogy wasn't working neither is the teaching analogy. It doesn't apply to this situation.

Doesn't make sense calling me near sighted when I was the one telling you not to be biased.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 18:24

42. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Oh well, it appears we are at an impasse then if you don't possess the reading fundamentals to comprehend such simple concepts.
And yet you deign in necessary to split semantic hairs (hope that analogy isn't too much for you) to question my use of the word 'myopic' after you'd already implied it as a reference for bias. I mean come on, that one should have been fairly obvious. Is the whole pot and kettle thing too advanced for you to be applied here, since it's become apparent it is your own prejudices in hearing something that you do not agree with that leads you to not even try to obtain understanding?
I regret only the irretrievable brain cells I've lost during this pointless discourse after seeing that you refuse to see anything not shown in a 'vvelez5' tinted light. May you enjoy your blinders and may you be happy making left turns along a guided course for the remainder of your days.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 00:41

46. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


"you are right, I am mad you are right so i will say that we cannot agree and then insult you"

Sounds like a loser to me.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 08:50

48. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


That's a interesting little world you've got going on inside your head. You've never made a counter point to refute any statement of mine, well... other then the childish, "Nuh uh! You're wrong!" rhetoric simply because you don't like the presentation of the context. Given that, I don't know any rational mind in the world that would actually consider you right.
I'm pretty sure you're the type that absolutely must have the last word to get your jollies off so I'll grant your wish. I'm done responding. So, you can either keep your trap shut and prove me wrong there, or you can retort and prove me right.
Oooh, I wonder which it will be...

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 09:48

49. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


"youre wrong so a way ill prove you are childish is by saying that you can have the last word and ill stand on my high ground"

Come on dude seriously? The more you talk the dumber you get, just stop.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 10:51

32. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Aww... cute! Windows Phone and NASCAR fanboys.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 23:58

2. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Wish their was one near me. I would lose on purpose. Don't really want the Hunger Games HP Folio since the Hunger Games is a horrible book.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:21 3

4. earle.evans (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)


yeah, b/c winning something themed after a book is reason to lose. keep on grabbing for that attention

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 06:13

18. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Ifudududududududududududud.
WUUUUT?
The Hunger Games series is one of the most successful series today. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's a horrible book.
Brilliant writing, brilliant author, brilliant storyline.
Go suck an egg.
Oh, and you misspelled "there" as "their."

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 07:01 2

20. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


*off: i hope you do realize that the hunger games is just a cheap copy of Koushun Takamis Battle Royle from '99, with few small changes.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 09:25 1

27. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Earle.Evans, Easier to lose on something I don't like and get myself a new handset since I'm bored of my current one makes it a great reason.

Twilight was a successful story too. Doesn't mean it was any good. It's just the Running Man for teenagers. The writing was not brilliant especially with all the plot holes and Deus Ex Machinas in the story it was actually lazy writing. The author is a lazy writer so wouldn't call them brilliant. Also the storyline is far from original so the calling it brilliant is not a credit to the author or story.
My bad on the misspelling though good catch.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 11:22 2

34. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


have you ever seen a movie called the running man?

i just watched the running...i mean hunger games the other day ;)

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:02 2

3. jove39 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I might consider buying WP device by end of this year...if MS could come up with anything closer to sgs3 :)

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:24 3

5. avataranjie (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


if these dumbasses used any apps/customizations wp7 would get it's ass kicked

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:26 4

6. avataranjie (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


WIDGETS GOD DAMN IT. 0 CAMERA SHUTTER LAG -_- WHAT THE FKKKKK ALL THE GUY HAD TO DO WAS PULL DOWN HIS STATUS BAR TO SEE THE WEATHER T_________T

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 01:20 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3244; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Decaf, avataranjie.... Step away from the Red Bull....

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:38 2

7. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Lets see it beat the new sony xperia s and ion in taking a picture and sharing it.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:51

8. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


The dude with the galaxy nexus doesn't even click on the right thing in the FB app.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:55 3

9. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Looks like its time to go win a new laptop with my year old htc inspire.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 00:55 7

10. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


lets challenge with my galaxy note, if they cant do the drawing, then I'm win...haha

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 01:19 3

11. snowgator (Posts: 3244; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Microsoft and company wouldn't put so much into this if they were not sure they would win 99% of the time. This has been an effective promotion and does a great job introducing some of the basic WP functions.

Don't be so defensive, Android fans. Notice how they are not challenging them to a customization battle.....

Or a rooting challenge.....

Or a "count the app" game......

But I hear Microsofts CEO can beat up Google's CEO.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 01:36

13. Hafiz (Posts: 78; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Mangoes are healthier for you.haha

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 01:43

14. DechyX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2011)


I'm so going tomorrow, it's a win win! :-D

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 02:38 4

15. unnamed19 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


can i exchange my prize with samsung Galaxy S3 if i win.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 02:39 2

16. unnamed19 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


can i exchange my prize with samsung Galaxy S3 if i win.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 09:07

25. Stinger2U (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


There are just too many Galaxy S3 bitc..s in the world. Samsung really brainwashed you.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 03:52 1

17. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


i like this snowgator guy he is not biased like some fanboys around here.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 06:55

19. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


The Windows Phone is not fast, the home screen is just optimized to view everything with live updates.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 08:05

22. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Dude, everythings is fast on WP7 not just the home screen.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 09:20 1

26. JunitoNH (Posts: 931; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


If it were a contest of who can remove the battery faster, all my money is on Android.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 09:53 3

30. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


It's funny to see all the fandroids bashing on this.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 11:24

35. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


if u r galaxy note user, go there, n challenge them to sent multimedia card n so on...i bet u win...

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 11:24

36. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


if winphone can give me google voice i would get one.

however i feel that i would win most of these challenges on my rooted Rezound. I can customize my phone to match the specific settings to be on an even level.

widgets do amazing things, and weather on an HTC is fast and easy to access.

another variable...am i using 4g LTE or do i have to use 3g? there are some apples to oranges comparisons here, even tho I like the interface of the Windows phones

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 13:14

39. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


update just went in the windows store at houston galleria and it is not for any smartphone my nokia n95 did not qualify and also it has to be a carrier device no unlocked phones allowed or at least thats what they told me and they were very rude and unprofessional about the whole situation trying to tell me that my phone was not a smartphone just because at&t did not ever carry it whatever microsoft you suck

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 13:16

40. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I need to look up the rules of this challenge. Any smartphone? Active on a carrier? Unlocked? Age?
I've got an old Droid Eris that still works, although off contract. So I can just take this in to them, lose, collect my new free Windows Phone, and tell them they can keep my old phone? Thanks for the freebie and for recycling my old crap Microsoft! :-D

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 18:59

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Just give me a 100$ just staying at the Windows booth

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 20:07 1

44. DechyX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2011)


I got one this morning, I saw other people getting some too in the Microsoft store in Scottsdale, I brought in my old Motorola Backflip (which lost of course) and they gave me a Titan, it was a painless process and I love the phone... and you get to keep your upgrade eligibility! Windows Phone FTW!

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 23:17

45. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


any one try this?

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 03:40 1

47. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Meh, WP7 is all fancy and smooth with animations, but when it comes to customisations, it's almost as bad as iOS, you can't change the wallpaper (At least, I couldn't find the option to anyway), tiles are basically widgets with less personality. In terms of apps, it's worst than Android. It's like the worst of both worlds here.

And the challenges given like post to all social sites, most OEM skins should have their own stock app that does that (e.g. Social Hub for Touchwiz). I could easily beat these challenges if I placed my apps and widgets specifically to beat it (Apps like Places and Social Hub and widgets like Soundhound, Weather), but that would just be a huge mess on my homescreen.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 10:31

50. Alistair (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 May 2011)


Its funny

posted on 26 Mar 2012, 16:39

52. Alistair (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 May 2011)


I have a windows phone and a android tablet. I use mu phone to chech emails and keep up with social media on the go which it excels at and everything else I need I have my tablet. I think Microsoft can catch up with the rest of the other os out there but I think it would take away from the reason people who like the phones in the first place. Its a simple os that does what you want it to do keep you up on your friends and social life and do it as fast as you want it to.

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