Android smokes Windows Phone

Android device beats Windows Phone, disgruntled employee refuses to accept defeat

March 27, 2012
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Microsoft’s current “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge took a sour turn when an Android user who beat a Windows Phone user was told he lost the challenge “just because”.

The challenge allows other mobile phones to face up in a test of speed against a Windows Phone in retail stores around the U.S.

If the challanger wins, they receive an HP Folio 13 prize valued at $1,049. If they lose, they’re offered the chance to trade in their current device for a Windows Phone at no cost.

Sahas Katta, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus user, took up the challenge against a Windows Phone to see who could “bring up the weather of two different cities” in the fastest time.

Katta disabled his lock screen, meaning all he had to do was press the power button and two weather widgets would appear, showing the weather. This gave him an advantage over the Windows Phone, which first had to tap the power button, then swipe away at the device’s screen to display the widgets.

When Katta claimed he was done before the Windows Phone defender, he was told that he had lost the challenge.

Asking for a reason, Katta was told “because it displays the weather right there.” When Katta then showed his Android device displayed the same information, he was told that the Windows Phone won “just because.”

A manager intervened in the dispute, but told Katta that his Android needed to display information for two different cities in different states, and that his Android device “could not do that.”

After accusing management of being misinformed and biased, Katta left the store, but not before being asked to pose with a sign that read, “My Android was smoked by Windows Phone.”

Microsoft employee Ben Rudolph noticed the dispute, and wants “to make things right.” Rudolph tweeted, “So I’ve got a laptop & phone (& apology) for you. Email me!”

Read the full story at: Cnet.

Tags: Android, Ben Rudolph, Galaxy Nexus, Microsoft, Sahas Katta, Samsung, Windows Phone

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