Final tally on the Smoked by a Windows Phone challenge

The final tally is in on Ben Rudolph's (opens in new tab) "Smoked by a Windows Phone" challenge with the Windows Phone walking away with a record of 30-3-1. With a winning percentage of 88% Ben was able to demonstrate that Windows Phones are faster than most of the smartphones on the market.

The phones that showed up to face the challenge included the iPhone 4s, Galaxy Nexus, Droid Bionic, Droid Charge, Palm Pre Plus and various Blackberry devices. The three phones that beat the Windows Phone were an iPhone 4s, Galaxy Nexus and Droid Bionic.

The good news is that even the losers walked away a winner with many receiving free Windows Phones. All in all, a good showing that demonstrate that Windows Phones connects people to the stuff they care about faster and easier than other smartphones.

source: windowsteamblog (opens in new tab)

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • It's cool that he gave them free Windows Phones
  • He lost to a Nexus, a 4s and a Bionic. Did he ever beat any of those devices or is the conclusion that the newest competitors all beat him?
  • Yes he beat other iPhone 4's and Nexus'.
  • The 3 phones that beat him were also beaten multiple times. It's just a fact, Windows phone is awesome. 
  • I'm sorry guys, as much as I like my Windows Phone, this competition is rubbish. The host claims that he tries to meet people half way on these challenges but he always end up picking only challenges that windows phone has built in features for or ones that he downloaded specific apps for (like Accuweather).
    Example of a typical exchange.
    Host: Hey you like taking and posting pictrures right?
    Other Person: Yeah...
    Host: Ok, how about this we take pics and post them to twitter, facebook, and flikr.
    Other Person: Ok...
    <Challenge in progress>
    Host: Done! See I won because i have this feature that allows me to post to all these social media sites at once.
    Yea, ok host won, but because he picked a fight that he was prepared for and the other person obviously didn't care enough to download an app before hand to do an exact same thing (Believe me, there are tons of apps on android and ios that allow you to post at the same time).
    Could have gone other way.
    Other Person: How about we try to translate text written on the wall in Spanish into English.
    Host: ....
    Other Person: See I just downloaded this app that allows me to translate text using camera live and it's fast. Give me my $100.
    Except, that doesn't happen because host always sets up 90% of the challenge, hoping the other guy isn't prepared for it.
  • Bing Vision does that already.
  • It does, that is why I picked that exaple. But just like Shazam VS Bing Music where latter finds a lot less songs, I've seen apps that are much more superrior at translating. My point is, it's about who sets the challenge up.
  • Had an IOS or Android user conducted the test they would have done exactly the same thing. There's no harm in playing to your OS's strengths and hell, it was great publicity and at the end of the day fun for both parties involved.
  • prepared or not it was perfectly fair. Stop hating
  • With all due respect, I don't think so. If it was a fair challenge, a 3rd party had to set challenges up without either party knowing. They both would get handed a list and told to begin. Every OS has built in features that may "out-do" other phones in common tasks. But the "challengies" had no way to play up on those strengths of own phones, nor did they have time to prepare for the competition.
    It's like a guy who has his trailer home hooked up to a truck challenges another guy with a trailer home not hooked up that he can beat him moving out of the trailer park.
    The fact is ios and android all have apps that can do all what was done just as fast.
    I'm not arguing that it might a good PR move for MS, but I highly doubt most of the people who lost feel that competition was even remotely fair.
  • I take your points rezzet but this is about PR, this is about getting the features and benefits of WP7 out there and known in a cynical world where people assume things are better without bothering to look.
    So what Ben was doing makes perfect sense and as others have said, if someone else was doing it they would load it in their favour. In fact I can't think of a challenge between different phones that would be deemed completely neutral and fair.
    In all honesty I think all the tasks picked were good common tasks that most phones handle via seperate apps. The whole point behind WP7 is that you don't have to go in and out of apps to do these things.
    That's the point of the challenge, to show off WP7!
    And given that some people were getting free phones, I think they would be very happy to lose!
  • In order to be fair, the individuals accepting the challenge are explained to them what the specific task they will be required to perform is and is given the opportunity to perform a few practice runs before the actual competition starts.  When the contestant is confidedent in their ability to perform the task quickly and efficiently on their device, the contest begins. 
    Sure, the specific tasks selected certainly played to Windows Phone's strengths, but it's not as if contestants were subjected to random tests WarioWare style without foreknowledge. 
  • $100 you don't have a Windows Phone. Challenge.
  • Pay up.
  • Pretty sure you cheated and made the odds in your favour.
  • It is marketing, what the hell did you expect?
  • it's a marketing campaign.  Marketing = strengths
    Is SIRI's commercial any more gimmicky than this?
  • To be honest....I'd lose on purpose. The free phone for the loser is worth more than $100. 
  • No... If you know how to start a fight and end it...???
    That's why he did the same thing for other people. If you have that phone and were in line for the competition why not think about ways to beat him. Duh.
  • Come on now dont take this too seriouslly. Ben picked challenges based on simple day to day usages on a smartphone like checking weather, posting updates, finding out the name of a song, finding a place to eat ETC. Those are basics of the basics and all hes doing is hes show casing how simple it is to do simple tasks on a Windows Phone compared to other operating systems.
    Now you could do your research and prepare your Android or iPhone to meet these challenges but his point is that you don't need to preconfigure alot on your WP it just works.
    Ben is just showcasing the features to people that don't know what WP's is all about and thats putting  people and putting day-to-day tasks first. If this was a browser test or any other benchmark yeah WP will probably loose but WP excels at simpicity and not alot of people like to tinker around with their phones all day and want something that just works.
  • You're right, but I did have an issue with the pre-pinning of his live tile weather app to beat the competitor. That was unfair, however, it does show the awesomeness of Live Tiles.  But you're right on point generally.
  • i keep hearing this one, but i don't really agree, he pinned redmond, yes, he did that, but thats where he comes from so its normal to have that pinned, but from what i saw he did go into the app for las vegas' weather which is perfectly fair and still won
  • Some of the responses to any little criticism towards WP or related news tends to be hilarious and way over the top. And while I too enjoy using a Windows Phone, I'm glad I'm not loyal to anyone device or the name on the device.
  • I have enjoyed this series not just because of the faces of the competitors but because Ben has done an excellent job at getting the message out to the world about functionality.
    @rezzet I think you are missing the point about this challenge. Yes they were challenges that the Windows Phone can do well but they are also things that most SmartPhones do most. You could say this was an 80/20 rule. We will always find somebody who whats to go beyond the norm but we are not catering for those and that is the point. So yes how about bebo or myspace or X Y Z the fact is the big hitters are integrated and others will no doubt come, yes I am looking at you Skype.
    You only needed to see the faces of some of the challenges to realise they thought this was highly impressive.
    So at @benthepcguy well done I think you earned your free pizza and all this on a shoestring marketing budget no millions spent here.
  • "I have enjoyed this series not just because of the faces of the competitors but because Ben has done an excellent job at getting the message out to the world about functionality."
    + million
  • What Ben showcased here is what I've been saying for a while and wish the marketing blitz happened during the pre-Holiday build up.  The commercial could not come sooner enough.
  • PR is PR. I didnt argue that's what it was. I merely pointed out it would have been more fun if it was a bit more balanced, so when people lost there would be less doubt on fairness. And as far as "common challenges" go. Why couldnt we have ones that involves ftp managing, uploading and downloading files to and from (not just pictures), using phone as mass storage device, listening to pandora, having album artwork for music for lets say itunes files... i can go on and on. these things i do everyday, but cant do them well on wp7. Its not all about finding weather and mass spamming social networks, you know...