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[The Verge] Smoked by Galaxy Nexus: Windows Phone challenge defeated by Android 4.0

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Sahas Katta, a self-confessed fan of Windows Phone's design, went down to his local Microsoft Store to pit his Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Nexus in a speed test against Microsoft's smartphones and, surprisingly, came out on top. The tests are geared heavily in favor of Microsoft's services, but Sahas still managed to outdo them when tasked with showing the weather for two different cities. The Microsoft Store assistant already had weather tiles for two cities pinned to her Start screen, but Sahas similarly had two weather widgets on his Android homescreen and, importantly, had disabled the lock screen on his phone, allowing him to show the requisite info within a moment of pressing the Galaxy Nexus power button.


For shame, MS. Your contest is already rigged so that WP7 devices are made to win, you then change the rules at the last minute to "smoke" a phone that did actually beat you in your own game. This is why I don't trust this marketing stunt; they'll find ways to make you lose or disqualified.

You may argue that Sahas may have pre-configured his GNex with the appropriate tweaks and widgets, but let's face it; the WP7 phones are also made to win specific tasks by showing the correct tiles in the first place. So, I think it's also fair for users to use hacks/jailbreaks/root in order to win the challenge. Why restrict the challenger, when his device can technically do more than what it has as stock?
Edited by jjsoviet - 3/26/12 at 3:29am
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Yeah.. This is why "Smoked by Windows Phone" has an advantage, what about us calling the Challenges? We (The Consumers) are the ones who are gonna purchase it anyway..
   
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I use a Windows Phone yet I still hate this whole campaign by Microsoft. Well I guess it would fool most of the average consumers. Though stuff like posting updates to FB, Twitter and getting social network updates are unrivaled imo on WP7. Also the fastest dialer I've ever used on any platform.
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I love how seriously people take this Smoked by... campaign, it's just a marketing kick that you can bite at or not. They don't care if they occasionally get beat, it's making news headlines in enough places to have been very successful (from a business pov).
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I use a Windows Phone yet I still hate this whole campaign by Microsoft.

Agreed, it's standard marketing pap, but it's far better than an ad campaign Apple released here in the UK - "If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone.." Cringe! I hate this kind of pretentious rubbish, really put me off smile.gif

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"If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone.."

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1. It's not Microsoft but one stupid employee who did not give him prize
2. BEN from Microsoft already told that they will fix this mess and warn other stores to give away prizes
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Microsoft got hit by a reversal shoryuken.
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I don't care if it takes an extra few seconds. I like Android and I've already laid eyes on my next phone (HTC One X) which is due in June. There's opportunity to change my mind but it won't be easy (needs to have a Q-core Tegra or better in Europe and me released before the end of June).
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Well at least they are offering a rematch. I don't think Google (Do they even us PR on Twitter?) or Apple would do the same. I don't think this should make the Windows Phone a bad platform because of a silly employee mistake. On another note, I don't think Apple would of let their employee screw up in the first place. Very tough regulations.
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1. It's not Microsoft but one stupid employee who did not give him prize
2. BEN from Microsoft already told that they will fix this mess and warn other stores to give away prizes

Is there a source for him actually being offered the prize? From what I recall reading last night it was only an invitation to re-do what is already a pre-rigged challenge.
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