More "Smoked By Windows Phones" videos hit YouTube

In June, Microsoft announced that it was once again starting up its "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign, as the company tries to show other people that Windows Phone devices can perform common tasks faster than competing devices.

This week, Microsoft posted no less than four new two minute "Smoked by Windows Phone" videos on its official YouTube channel. There are also 30 second versions of each of those clips that serve as a teaser to the main videos. All of them feature Windows Phone's most visible spokesperson Ben Rudolph as he challenges people in and around Seattle to smartphone speed contests.

In just one of the videos, shown above, Rudolph challenges a college student to post a message to a friend's Facebook wall on her HTC Evo Shift faster that Rudolph can post a message to his wife on his Nokia Lumia 900. Naturally, Rudolph beats the cute college student thanks to Windows Phone's live tiles that can be configured to link to a specific person.

While the student "loses" the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, Rudolph still gives her a free Lumia 900. In fact, he also gives the college student's friend, who didn't even play in the challenge, a free Lumia 900 as well.

Source: Smoked by Windows Phone YouTube page

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M_Lyons10 said,

The vast majority of the tasks don't require any additional apps on Windows Phone. These are things that are built into the OS...

I believe I mentioned that.

techbeck said,

I believe I mentioned that.


Why should I pay for apps on my phone when my phone can do it faster as it is? I believe the entire selling point of WP (at least, from early commercials) was that all the other companies were screaming "there's an app for that!" while Microsoft decided to improve the fundamental phone experience.

techbeck said,
Meh, more of the same old videos/challenges. Start showing more of what else WP can do besides tasks a second or two faster. These videos/challenges have not been helping them.

You have to configure WP to do all those things (yea some apps may come built in but still need to program with your info) and other phones can do the same things with some configuring as well buy downloading a free app or two.


Yeah it should magically know who I like, how much I like them, how I want them grouped, where they should be on my start screen.... Of course you have to configure it, however, the options are there. Can you pin a contact to your iDevice's homescreen? IF you can, I haven't seen it

techbeck said,
Meh, more of the same old videos/challenges. Start showing more of what else WP can do besides tasks a second or two faster. These videos/challenges have not been helping them.

You have to configure WP to do all those things (yea some apps may come built in but still need to program with your info) and other phones can do the same things with some configuring as well buy downloading a free app or two.

As a WP user, I tend to agree that these videos are kind of moot now, particularly with WP8 on the horizon.

However, "program with your info" is far overstating the need for configuration; they require a username/password when you first start the phone. Short of reading your mind, that's the absolute best that it can get. These demonstrations all show off built-in functionality rather than apps that you have to download.

techbeck said,

I believe I mentioned that.

I'm sorry, but I didn't get that from your post. I just reread it and I still am not taking that away from it. Sorry if I missed that point though. I fail to see though how the OS would be able to just know all of my information. Surely on other platforms you would need to seek out, install, and then configure those apps as well, so it's certainly a bit more involved than using something that's built into the OS...

billyea said,

Why should I pay for apps on my phone when my phone can do it faster as it is?

Read what I posted. I said the apps to do this are FREE.

pickypg said,
These demonstrations all show off built-in functionality rather than apps that you have to download.

Which I stated in my original post. Just giving my opinion and it only takes a second to download an app.

M_Lyons10 said,

I'm sorry, but I didn't get that from your post. I just reread it and I still am not taking that away from it. Sorry if I missed that point though. I fail to see though how the OS would be able to just know all of my information. Surely on other platforms you would need to seek out, install, and then configure those apps as well, so it's certainly a bit more involved than using something that's built into the OS...

I probably wasnt clear. I meant that yea, WP comes with a lot of things built in, but I know android can do the same thing with an app or two downloaded. Yea, thats not the point but I think a lot of people who have had their phones for a while do not take the time to actually use the phone properly and figure out the functions of the device. All the challengers look amazed at how fast WP can post to FB, but they can get the same results with other phones buy learning their devices.

siah1214 said,

Can you pin a contact to your iDevice's homescreen? IF you can, I haven't seen it

You new here? I dont own an iDevice so that I am not 100 percent sure on. I know with Android you can.

pickypg said,
As a WP user, I tend to agree that these videos are kind of moot now, particularly with WP8 on the horizon.

However, "program with your info" is far overstating the need for configuration; they require a username/password when you first start the phone. Short of reading your mind, that's the absolute best that it can get. These demonstrations all show off built-in functionality rather than apps that you have to download.

The key is that the require programming that info in once. As far as I can remember, Android and iOS don't sync back any system level logins to the cloud.

techbeck said,
All the challengers look amazed at how fast WP can post to FB, but they can get the same results with other phones buy learning their devices.

Exactly. Android can even post a status to FB faster than WP. Just add the Facebook widget to your homescreen and it only takes 2 taps vs 3!

And if you want to post to multiple networks, there's an app for that too.

It's useless boasting about "integrated" things when you can just download FREE apps. Only reason WP7 *needs* this integration is cause apps load so slow on it (seriously, look at a homework app and watch it take 2-3 seconds loading on WP7 while it's INSTANT on Android... silverlight sucks for performance)

siah1214 said,

Yeah it should magically know who I like, how much I like them, how I want them grouped, where they should be on my start screen.... Of course you have to configure it, however, the options are there. Can you pin a contact to your iDevice's homescreen? IF you can, I haven't seen it

actually when you first setup the phone with your windows live ID as long as you have all the other social stuff using the same it sets up facebook, windows live, linkedid and twitter and you are ready to go as soon as the phone goes to the start screen for the first time, not really that tough to do and not much information you need to enter.

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, map search that Local on Android can do just as easily. I'm not impressed, but I would like to see more comparisons, like messaging, cloud integration, app store, calendar, alarm setting, power on/power off, among others.

Setnom said,
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, map search that Local on Android can do just as easily. I'm not impressed, but I would like to see more comparisons, like messaging, cloud integration, app store, calendar, alarm setting, power on/power off, among others.

I think they've done messaging comparisons (sending locations to a restaurant via SMS to five people). As for power on/off-you really don't shut down your device that often, so kind of a pointless test (also, when I did a comparison between my onnia 7 and a friend's HTC Sensation XE running ICS, the Omnia beat it by a few secs.) As for the rest of the challenges, I agree that they can be implemented in some way in the challenges.

XMac said,

I think they've done messaging comparisons (sending locations to a restaurant via SMS to five people). As for power on/off-you really don't shut down your device that often, so kind of a pointless test (also, when I did a comparison between my onnia 7 and a friend's HTC Sensation XE running ICS, the Omnia beat it by a few secs.) As for the rest of the challenges, I agree that they can be implemented in some way in the challenges.

I power on/off my device more often than I update my Facebook status, so I don't consider it pointless.

Setnom said,

I power on/off my device more often than I update my Facebook status, so I don't consider it pointless.

*Average users* don't power on/off their devices.

Setnom said,

I power on/off my device more often than I update my Facebook status, so I don't consider it pointless.

Yeah right. Why would you do this? So sleep state is not good enough for you? I guess you don't receive phone calls or make calls? Or perhaps your statement means that you post once every few nthsm

Setnom said,

I power on/off my device more often than I update my Facebook status, so I don't consider it pointless.

Yeah right. Why would you do this? So sleep state is not good enough for you? I guess you don't receive phone calls or make calls? Or perhaps your statement means that you post once every few months or you reboot often?

You are in the less than .10% category that power down their phone more than once or twice weekly.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this whole campaign has run its course imo.

Especially after it's been outed that they stage everything and pick contests they know they can win. What's the point of watching them then?

Im gonna load my android phone with every possible widget on earth, then head up to one of these stores. I want a lumia

I should challenge them to take screenshots

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