$100 CES 2012 Challenge from Windows Phone

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by benjamin.willie, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. benjamin.willie macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010

    "Is your smartphone faster than a Windows Phone? Find Ben The PC Guy at the show and if you beat us, you get $100. If you lose, you can swap your slow phone for a Windows Phone."

    i want to see the results, i bet that they will lose some of those $100 bills and so what if it is just faster than other smart phones? if you don't have the apps, devs, or whatever the people want... you just don't have the market.
    nice ploy, but remember that nintendo's wii is far below speed and hardware for this generation of console gaming when compared to the PS3 and xbox 360 and is keeping neck and neck with sales. so with that being said, it really doesn't mater as much about speed and even price.... it is about what people want. just my opinion.
  2. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    According the Ben the PC guy Twitter it beat a Galaxy Nexus.
  3. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Thanks but no Thanks Microsoft. Stay happy with your desktop monopoly and stop being so greedy about screwing up another market with your money and desperation.
  4. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Hmmmm, from the video it does seem like a fair challenge.
  5. sulliweb macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2011
    You know... it's getting harder and harder to say that.

    I mean on the one hand you're saying that you don't like a company because they have a monopoly in a desktop software market. On the other hand you're buying a phone from a company that would love to have a monopoly of software and hardware in the smartphone market... and takes a cut from just about everything that happens on the device. I'm just saying... That particular argument gets thinner and thinner everyday.

    If you don't like MS or Windows phones, there are plenty of reasons, if nothing beyond simple preference. However, the same, old, tired cliches are well... the same, old, tired cliches...

    Just a thought.
  6. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Sorry for the scathing remark but Microsoft sounds very desperate and when they try that hard they use all crappy tricks in the book to destroy competitors instead of just innovating and staying ahead. History is proof.

    Secondly having another competitor is fine but if that competitor is Microsoft world is much better off not having one - just look at the shady Nokia deal or all the patent related money extortion and associated shady deals to understand the extent of where they can go.

    FWIW - I don't at all like Windows phone and although I like the iPhone, Android works better for me and as a bonus it lets me not aid Apple in their evil plans of total control.
  7. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Evil plans of total control? Wow! Just wow!
  8. WeegieMac, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    If I ever moved from iOS, I'd buy a Windows Phone long before I even considered an Android device.

    The Metro UI is really quite nice.

    The chances of me moving from iOS are, however, extremely remote given my investment in apps, etc.
  9. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    Haha but there's no shorter / better way to put it. I am not a fanboy to term it 'end to end user experience with ponies for your own good, mr. consumer' lol!
  10. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    the 4s did tweet a picture faster;)

    it seems a little unfair that 'the windoze guy' gets to always choose the race.

    i wish i could say, alright buy a book and start reading it on your phone.
  11. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    It's his challenge... the players didn't have to accept it. ;)

    As for the book remark, simple... he would simply fire up the Amazon Kindle app and buy/download a book.
    And unlike on the iPhone, he could make the purchase from within the app.
    Microsoft doesn't require a cut from it's developers for in app purchases. ;)
  12. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Swap? Why not give us the Windows phone for free AND let us keep our phone? No way am I going to give my "slow" phone to MSFT.
  13. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2011
    Not that it matters. Verizon is in a lovefest with droid, and likely will not get any better WP7 device than the old HTC Trophy for a long while.
  14. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Hmm.. honestly, I would take the challenge just SO I can swap for a new phone lol.

    Think about it, who really keeps their old phones anymore and if you do, how many times are you going to use it anymore?
  15. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Well I was referring to an iPhone 4 (it's the only one I have now since I have already sold all my earlier ones).
  16. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    cool idea, implementation of the contest so so & I have some old smartphones like a Blackjack & BBs; I could trade up and keep my 4S :D :cool:
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006

    Just going to point out that of the major apps Windows Phone has it or one like it.

    It boils down to after a certain point all you have is more crap in the respective app store.

    Apple App store being nice I would say there is 1% good apps and 99% crap apps and that is being nice. Chances are it even less than that. You cross a point the more apps you get the more crap you get compared to the the good.

    As for developing hate to break this to you but it is a hell of a lot easier to write software for Window Phone than it is for the other platforms. MS quite simple just provides a hell of a lot better tools and of the SDKs I find that MS's is the best and tends to work better than the others.
  18. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Excellent marketing idea to be honest. It isn't often I say that about Microsoft, their adverts and marketing are usually rather cringeworthy. WP7 looks amazing as well. It will be interesting to see how things work out with competition being so tight.
  19. DingleButt macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    It went 33 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie I think
  20. Rennir macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    Agreed. I definitely enjoyed watching some of the competitions on youtube. I think Microsoft actually went right this time around. I'm having a hard choice deciding between iOS, Android, and WP7 now, although the live tiles make me think that it drains battery quicker because it's constantly checking for new updates.

    And the iPhone 4S twitter one allegedly doesn't even count because someone claimed that the 4S uploads the picture in the background, so even though it said "Done", it wasn't actually done. Would have to fact-check that, of course. But that's a really good record.

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