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Windows Phone Beats 88% of Competitors in Speed Test

Its last appearance at CES might have been a snooze-fest, but Microsoft is coming away from the Consumer Electronics Show with at least one notable victory under its belt: the company's smartphone managed to beat the majority of its challengers on the CES show floor.

Earlier this week, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph hit Vegas with a wad of cash in his hand. Rudolph was challenging any and all attendees with a non-Windows Phone device to a speed test challenge. If they won, he'd give them a hundred bucks, but if his Windows Phone won, they'd have to admit they got 'smoked by Windows Phone.'

Well, the results are in. According to Rudolph, 88-percent of challengers were 'smoked by Windows Phone.'

"We gave away a ton of new phones, lost a little bit of cash ($300, to be exact), and had a great time meeting our fans, haters, and everyone in between," Ben wrote on the Windows Phone blog, adding that Windows Phone beat 30 handsets, lost against three and drew with one.

Among the phones Windows Phone beat were the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus, Droid Charge, Droid Bionic, the Palm Pre Plus, various models of BlackBerrys, and the AT&T Skyrocket. Ben was beaten by an iPhone 4S and a Galaxy Nexus in races to post a photo to Twitter, while the Droid Bionic got an SMS to a friend faster than his Windows Phone.

Check the video below to see the highlights of the challenges:

  • molo9000
    Very scientific.
  • rahulkadukar
    My Dell Streak would beat that
  • madooo12
    and the phones that beat it were dual core
    windows phone seems to be fast
  • qhoa1385
    I'm not surprise, I have HTC Sensation, my friend has HD7 (I think), WP7 seems a lot more responsive, but I still like Android
    Don't know how much real world truth in that (once phone is loaded with apps and other data) but I like the commercial. Well one you :)
  • so whats !
    who want's of MS to pay it for close system and bad interface, i prefer android's with less speed
  • digiex
    I hope the phone they use is available on the market, if not, it's just a publicity stunt.
  • So what was the challenge, the speed of loading facebook? If so, windows only wins because they built facebook and twitter into the os, their not just apps* ( * I'm pretty sure...). Though I still kinda want that blue nokia lumia 900.
  • nebun
    really?....where is the HTC Rezhound in this competition?....How in the heck do you expect to win with an iPhone4s?...are these guys this stupid?'s only 3g not would think that some of these geeks are smarter
  • NuclearShadow
    I believe this was all fake. The focus on the phones themselves never last and they lack the important camera shot of both phones actually being worked on at the same time. It could very well be done with actors and the few losses are just there to seem realistic which are also extremely minor losses at that. The contestants also seem way too calm and relaxed in-front of the camera and no doubt at-least a small audience watching.

    It also fits right into Microsoft's marketing past. Remember the laptop hunter commercials?
    Where they would approach a "stranger" and buy their laptop while also this "stranger"
    also always just happens to insult Macbooks. The contest above really just seems to be a live version of this same marketing.

    If it is real then the fact that they did not try to get a shot from the back focusing on the actual
    performance of the phones is a complete failure. It would have much more marketing value to actually show both screens at the same time and Microsoft's product win time and time again. I don't believe Microsoft would make such a poor judgement if this contest and results were real.