As Microsoft pushes to make Windows Phone a well-known platform in the smartphone race, they’ve come up with some interesting ideas to show it off. Most recently though is the “Smoked by Windows Phone” contest that they put together in their stores across the world. The idea is to show you how Windows Phone is just plain faster than other platforms, like Android, and how you’d be much better off running their own mobile operating system. While the contest has been going pretty well for Microsoft since its debut, it looks like the company has found itself in some hot water.
A report from Skatter Tech‘s Sahas Katta points out that after going into a Microsoft store with his Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, and entering into the contest, he won it fair and square, but the results were determined only by the Microsoft Store employees. Surprisingly, the employees said that their Windows Phone device actually won. Specifically, here’s what happened:
“I asked for a reason and was told Windows Phone won because “it displays the weather right there.” That was rather unclear. I showed her my device which also was showing off the same information with two side-by-side weather widgets on the center home screen. After pressing for a better reason, I was told that Windows Phone won “just because.””
The contest was to bring up the weather in two different cities. Katta was prepared, and removed the lock screen from his Android device, and had a pair of weather widgets right on his front screen, showing the weather of two different cities. He won the contest because the Microsoft Store employee had to hit the power button and unlock the screen, which revealed two Live weather Tiles on the Windows Phone device. It looks like the Microsoft representatives were being purposefully vague, or bending the rules to make sure that their device won.
But, seeing as the negative publicity for Microsoft isn’t showing the Windows Phone platform in the best light, it looks like they are trying to make it better. Ben Rudolph, or @BenthePCGuy, has declared on Twitter that Microsoft wants to make it right, and they are going to declare him a winner, and provide the $1,000 laptop (and a phone), along with an apology. While it’s good that Microsoft is cleaning up the mess, most would agree that it never should have happened in the first place.
It just goes to show that you can make your phone work for you, based on your own needs. If you want it to be fast, there are ways to do that, especially on Android.
Still, it’s great to see Android win, fair and square.