The host city for CES might be Las Vegas, but anyone who's actually been will tell you that you don't exactly get to experience Vegas when you go to CES. In fact, you barely see anything at all. Between the convention center, the press rooms (complete with handy packed lunches), waiting in line for keynotes, and late-night writing marathons in your hotel room, you're lucky if you get to the hotel gift shop, never mind the casino. However, this year, the ever-caring Microsoft is ensuring we don't miss out on the biggest Vegas activity going -- gambling.
Microsoft's Ben Rudolph is in Vegas this week, waving around a stack of $100 bills and bragging about how fast his Windows Phones are. Specifically, he's betting that his phone can beat your phone in a head-to-head speed challenge. There doesn't seem to be any specific app or test for the challenge -- Rudolph says that he and the challenger will make the call based on what they do on their phone every day. If the Windows Phone can't beat your Android, iOS or other device, he'll give you a hundred bucks. However, if you lose, you have to go on camera and admit your phone got smoked by a Windows Phone, which might be difficult for diehard Android or iPhone fans to admit.
According to Ben's Twitter, he's beat the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy Nexus. He's also had an Android blogger back out because she was afraid she'd lose. It's not all sunshine and rainbows, though, as Ben has been beaten -- in a race against an iPhone 4S to load a photo on Twitter. He's going to be running the challenge today from 2pm to 6pm and tomorrow, too. Be sure to nip down to see him if you're at CES!