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

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:

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.



1. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

agree but still sounds cool

45. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

53. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

very well said

9. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 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...

24. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 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...

29. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

39. Damien_666

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

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

42. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Dude ... get real...

31. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

38. Se3ker

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

43. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 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 :)

47. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

52. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

54. Damien_666

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

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

3. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

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

4. TechyMexican

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

you win either way :]

20. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

i think thats the point.

5. flopjoke

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

16. Anti-Fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

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

22. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

cool story bro

34. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Cool story, bro.

44. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012


25. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

10. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 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...

12. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The Miz please STFU.

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