Posted by: kurtsh | January 29, 2012

VIDEO: Faster than Windows Phone? $100 Challenge Final Recap from CES 2012

imageMicrosoft’s Ben “The PC Guy” Rudolph flew into CES 2012 this year in Vegas and offered a simple challenge:  Come on by the Microsoft booth and if you think your phone can beat the speed & execution of how things are done on Windows Phone, race us.  If you beat us, we’ll give you $100.

Otherwise, you need to stand in front of the camera, announce your phone model, and declare that you were “smoked by Windows Phone”. 

The tests varied depending upon what the challenger was comfortable with.  Some folks were interested in simply Social Networking tasks like posting to Twitter and Facebook, others wanted network performance tests and still others wanted to look up restaurants and addresses to get directions.

34 challengers came by with a variety of phones including:
(This is just the list of phones I’m positive competed)

  • iPhone 4S
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Palm Pre Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Samsung Skyrocket
  • Droid Charge
  • HTC Evo 4T

Here’s a video summary of all the challengers that came by:

Think your phone is faster than Windows Phone? Don’t bet on it.

Final score:  30 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie

And most of the time, they weren’t just beaten… they really were smoked.  For a full recap of all the challenges, check this link out:

(Side note: Regarding the 3 losses, all three devices that won were very close… and also subsequently beaten in other tests against other challengers.)


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