Microsoft Stumbles After Galaxy Nexus Smokes Windows Phone In Staged Challenge

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Kinetic

If both phones have the weather widgets on the desktop, and one user doesn't have to unlock their phone to get to the desktop, then they can get to the weather widget faster. Therefore their phone is "faster" by Microsoft's rules, and they're the true winner.
In reality however, the entire contest is flawed. It would be like Seagate saying "Our drives are faster than any other drives! Don't believe us? I challenge you to load RAGE faster than us! Oh, you have to install it first? Looks like we win then. See, our game is already running and you're still putting the disk in. DAMN WE'RE AWESOME."
And that's why God created benchmarks.

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biggiebob12345

This whole thing reeks of the Windows Mojave project all over. MS really needs to clean house on their PR department. Even their most recent TV commercials involving a powerpoint presentation set to Rock You Like a Hurricane are garbage.

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eastbayrae

Just the fact this is getting publicity is selling more WP7 handsets. So even in a perceived failure MS has won. I have tried many Android handsets and I will keep my WP7 thanks.

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spazimspaz

This is seriously ridiculous. Did any one even bother reading the article? All the guy did was hit the power button on his phone since he disabled the lock. Thats like getting into a duel and one guy already has his finger on the trigger and is pointing right at you. Ready? Draw! Bang. Totally cheated. In no way did he smoke a windows phone.

I have a WP7.5 HTC Trophy and that thing rocks my socks! Android and their scattered platforms is simply doomed to fail. At least microsoft got something right. Open source has no place in a telephone.

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Gezzer

If you'd done a bit more reading yourself you would of found out that the ability to disable the lock is a built in feature of the Android phone he used. Not sure if it's common to all versions of Android and/or all phones but it is on his. As well the guy already had the two apps displaying temperatures for two different cities running on his phone. Don't know why he did, but it's not uncommon. I do a lot of overnight and a few week long trips by motorbike and I like to have a real time picture of what I might be riding into, so I can easily see him needing them.

What it boils down to is MS set up a task that for a normal user would of been pretty hard to do faster. In fact they stacked the deck so they were a lock to win. They just happened to run into the one in a million Android user with a phone setup so it would smoke the Windows one on this one task. Luck of the draw.
What makes it pretty sh@ty is that once beat they didn't do the smart thing, give the guy his prize and get him out of the building as fast as they could. No they had to cheap out and then add insult to injury by asking him to pose for the picture.
So instead of a few people finding out that a Android phone beat a Windows because the guy might mention it to a few friends. He get's PO'd writes a blog telling everyone he beat the Windows phone in a fixed challenge, and they didn't give him the prize he'd won. That makes all the wins by the Windows phone a bit suspect. So to save a $1,000 on a laptop (that might of cost MS $500-600) they've wasted how many $1,000s on a wasted advertising event that very few people will take at face value.

Smart Microsoft, real smart.

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j_j_montez

I don't see how this is less fair than the employee posing a challenge that they were already set for. Instead of the duel example, I suggest an example of a sniper contest, where the microsoft employee has his scope already focused on the targeted distance where the challenger still has to calibrate his equipment. It's a cool contest, and it gets attention to the brand and product, but it was a coward's move to fix the competition and then not own up when someone does beat you.

Open source is fine for a phone, but the problem is the phone manufacturers and carriers take advantage of that first instead of the user. Unification is what belongs on a phone. Having it open sourced it just a bonus.

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biggiebob12345

Not sure if trolling or just stupid. The microsoft store employee got to pick the challenge and already had the phone prepared to do it as quickly as possible on that platform. Now *that's* stacking the deck.

There's good reason Android has 40% market share and MS has 7% in WP7...because MS hasn't been able to come up with anything good in 10 years.

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blackzarg

I went to high school with the guy, and his last name is Katta :-)

http://skattertech.com/2012/03/i-won-the-windows-phone-challenge-but-lost-just-because/

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Baer

I just got a Windows phone. Verizon does not have the new Lumina series yet but the local Microsoft store was able to update/upgrade an HTC envy for me to Win Phone 7.5 Metro. It is fast, it may not be the fastest but I love how easily it syncs all my calandars and e mail between it and my two computers. I also like the live tiles and intuitive OS.
I have been using Blackberrys for years but the broken desktop software that RIM sent out last month was the last straw.
YHes the droid phones and the iKiddie phone have more Apps but I only really want a few apps. When Verizon gets the Lumina I will get them for the rest of my company.

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jjetfire

Don't get me wrong, I love my Android-based phone, but this seems a bit ridiculous. Its a mere technicality. The gentleman had previously disabled his lock screen. Big deal. That doesn't make the Windows phone slower, it just makes the Android phone's user a bit better prepared.

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Supall

No one is saying that WP7 is slower. In fact, many have stated the opposite. The point was that this is a staged challenge. The Microsoft employee was well prepared ahead of time and the Android user was prepared by chance.

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jjetfire

Actually, the article clearly states that the Android user had prepared ahead of time by disabling his lock screen.

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biggiebob12345

If by "Android user prepared ahead of time" means "Android user coincidentally had the lock screen disabled" then yeah he was prepared. The Androidies don't know the challenge ahead of time so any preparation is coincidental or "shotgunning".

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Danthrax66

But the user still didn't know what the challenge was ahead of time the others did, and had the phone rigged to be faster. That's fucking cheating. It should have been first to add a weather widget to the screen and get the weather info for your current location. That would have been fair.

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ccaylo

I need two new smartphones. Press like this does not make me want to go seek out a Windows phone. At this point I have one Android phone I've had for a couple of years that is giving me fits, so I'm still trying to swallow my pride and get two Apple phones.

Oh, and by the way I really don't give a s____ about being "Smoked by a Windows phone". I think being slapped silly by the app markets of Android and Apple is worse.

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big_montana

How is MS being slapped silly in the app place? There are over 60,000 apps in the MS store to date, yes both Apple and Google can claim several hundred thousand titles, but how many are actually useable titles, and not sound boards, fart apps and the like? I will take an app store that has 60,000 useable apps, over one with 5 times as many that I have to filter through to find one that may or may not do what I am looking for it to do. Do not care about fart apps, soundboards, wallpapers, themes, and other crap apps that litter both Apple and Android stores. BTW, I do own an android phone at this moment, but am waiting for Nokia phones to hit Sprints shelves before I make the switch to WP7.x

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Keith E. Whisman

Fart Apps are not crap. Fart Apps are a very important part of the whole smart phone lifestyle. With no other device can you touch a color display and clearly be rewarded with a sweet brrrrrrrrrrrp of a fart sound. And how are other sound boards not important? I use my Glee sound board all the time for entertainment while in public restrooms. And who cares that all wallpaper apps link you to the same wallpaper source, I still get every single wallpaper app I find in the off chance it might have a wallpaper source that isn't already used.

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j_j_montez

The quantity may be more, but the ratio is the same. There are many ridiculous apps in the MS store, and there's nothing to stop that marketplace from being like all the others. I don't mind the endless supply of soundboards and 2-bit games. When I want a VNC viewer, I search for that.

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