SmokedbyWindowsPhone takes over the city of Toronto

SmokedbyWindowsPhone takes over the city of Toronto
One of the most interesting promotions in the mobile phone industry, #SmokedbyWindowsPhone, went on the road to the city most often used by the motion picture industry to portray the Big Apple. We are talking about Toronto, of course. The current prize for beating Windows Phone is $100 and most walked away without the prize and either a new found respect for Microsoft's mobile OS, or else a feeling that someone cheated.

Check out the video below of a young man named Corey putting up his Apple iPhone 4S against a Nokia Lumia 900. The task was to find a list of local GTA eateries and the Nokia Lumia 900 handled it faster by coming up with a listing of a Tim Hortons restaurant before Corey even had opened his map application. Microsoft originally gave out new Windows Phone handsets to the losers until it was discovered that some were losing on purpose in order to snag a free phone.

According to Mobile Syrup, the crowd consisted mostly of BlackBerry users (it WAS Canada, after all), Apple iPhone owners and those clutching their Android handsets. The site noted that very few in the crowd had heard of Windows Phone and an even fewer number were carrying one around. Can a promotion like this one garner enough word of mouth for Windows Phone to help it become a stronger competitor?

One interesting note. The video of the contest that you can view below was taken on an Android powered HTC One X.

source: MobileSyrup

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Lumia 900
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1830 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Show me the smoke challenge.. bring it on.. Ill smoke any Windows Phone with my arc S This challenge is also quite silly, Microsoft employees being trained to do one thing for hours and remember they get PAID for it!! so when catching anyone off guard definitely that person cant compete PS: I have a windows phone (omnia 7), if you watch the video he has probably minimized that app from where he find's the nearby restaurants... Nice one microsoft... can your phone send files from bluetooth??? NO?? awww

15. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think that he did that way to fast, I'm actually a little suspicious. In my opinion the fastest phone is not the selling point, my problem and is about functionality and wp7 fails in many things.

24. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I had a Windows phone and I can honestly say that he wasn't cheating or anything. It really is that fast at doing certain things, its just a matter of keeping the search button 'long pressed' and then tap on the local search button and its done. Only bad thing is that it's missing some things which is why I'm back to iOS for now at least.

30. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Just can't wait to see wp8 with a dual core lol and 500 new features, this haters get so mad the been getting smoke lol .

28. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

then why the hell would an ordinary Ifool or Fandroid with lack of training on their devices whould like to challange the profetionals of WP. its abvious those fools think they mobiles are awsome while they forget who they are

34. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


36. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Since you started it... professionals* their* Whew. My twitching stopped.

44. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well if i had auto correct on my pc would be lovly :P and i write in the DARK muahahahahah

37. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

*awesome *challenge *would *It's Also, you need to capitalize the beginnings of your sentences. Oh, and punctuate as well. Also, the 'i' at the beginning of an Apple product should always be lowercase (for some reason). Just make your sentences legible. Your first sentence hardly even makes sense. *exhale*

38. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

lol I was trying to be nice. lol

45. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well to all of u noobs thats what u can do all your life time correct english i can hire u as my "sectry" correct this one for me as well slave and i love to screw englishie

48. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Good luck getting an education. You're going to need a "sectry" all throughout college.

50. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

err sorry i am already employed with no english required so its all forgin language for me dont so i give it a much try at all

46. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

haha u must be a iTeacher thahahaha thats explains a lot iFOOL

49. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

iTeacher? LOLOLOLOLOL I am far from an Apple fan. I'm the biggest Android fan you'll ever meet. All I do is promote intelligence (which you seemingly lack), not Apple's products.

51. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

oh plz a man with smartphone doest prove that he is intellegent and if u want to judge only by words and then u are ignorant since it is never my language so why should i even bother to improve it. and i am engineer lol does not require any of english there and so u are a teacher for sure othervise u would have shutup

2. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Yeah, I got smoked from ciggeratte smoke Lololololololol

3. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

I've got the lumia and im literally MINDBLOWN.. This OS is like heaven. It is awesome. Now obviously the android pack is going to hate this comment. So what if Bluetooth files transfer is not possible? The UI is SO good. The animations are just out of the world! Believe me, no OS has been THIS good in terms of social networking. The experience for me has been just phenomenal.

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Seriously? Social networking integrated into some tiles is all you care about? I never owned a windows phone handset. I was hoping to get a lumia 800 as a secondary phone. After going through that article about 101 reasons why you shouldnt get a windows phone, Im a lot wiser. I am replacing the lumia 800 with some upcoming Nokia Carla handset(As I was a die hard symbian fan once) or a Nokia 111(I'm sure the lumia 800 cant do many things which this phone can do.) #DroidFan

16. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

As a matter of fact, i bought the Lumia 800 AFTER reading the 101 reasons article (it took a lot of will power) but i was SO amazed by the UI that i just couldn't resist it. In terms of bluetooth file transfer and other stuff it can't do, it's quite the same like iOS. Its a closed OS. I definitely agree that file managing is s**t in Windows Phone AND it is problematic. Now its my opinion that i wanted it coz of the UI. You can't just hate other people's opinions because you don't like it. People have bought it and they pretty much like it.

33. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Quit thumbing the guy down for liking his phone! There's nothing wrong with askshaye enjoying Windows over Android or iOS. Calm down guys.

29. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012


39. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Woah. I read that 101 article just now. Thanks for pointing that out. That's a LOT of missing features. I'm a power/efficiency/file management freak and that just made sure that I never get a Windows Phone.

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Wow, tiles after tiles after tiles, SO good! and oh man, those animations! No wonder the iPhone is selling well, people just love repeated crap with no personality and fancy animations to hide loading times.

17. ashu277

Posts: 18; Member since: May 20, 2012

awsum fone lumia is....luv lumia 900 ......which nokia sold over 250 million in less than 2 months :)

35. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

You've got your stats completely wrong. I think you've put an extra zero.

47. allen83

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

and you forgot your decimal point in between the 2 and 5 number. :)

4. akshaye.shenoi

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

And even if the guy with the iPhone was as familiar with the task as the other guy, he would still have been SmokedbyWindowsPhone. WP7 is pretty fast.

6. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Challenge #01 : Replace battery. Challenge #02 : Display through HDMI on HDTV. Challenge #03 : Take picture then send file through Bluetooth.

7. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Oh the irony...

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