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Say what you will about Microsoft’s ‘Smoked By Windows Phone’ campaign – and boy, you guys have said plenty – but it’s certainly got people talking about the platform. And let’s face it, Windows Phone needs all the help it can get when it comes to raising awareness, given its uphill struggle in fighting preconceptions and ‘platform prejudice’ against the Windows brand.

Perhaps recognising the value of increasing visibility by taking challenges directly to the smartphone-buying public, Nokia launched its own version of the campaign, albeit with much, much lamer prizes, called ‘Blown Away By Lumia’. If you’re a Neowin regular, you’ll probably have heard of it already – particularly earlier this week when Samsung, choking on a mouthful of sour grapes after seeing its handsets getting repeatedly spanked by Nokia’s Windows Phones, declared the campaign “unethical”.

Nokia’s latest addition to its coverage of the campaign will do little to appease Samsung’s fury. In its new video, a ‘typical Delhi couple’ appears on screen, and the boyfriend is invited to participate in a challenge to take a photo, tag it and upload it to Facebook. Predictably, his Samsung Galaxy handset is indeed blown away by the Lumia handset of the Nokia rep.

His girlfriend is not impressed at all, and after hanging around in the background looking fed up while her partner has to go through the humiliation of holding up a sign and admitting his defeat before a crowd of onlookers, she gets the final word, telling him exactly what she thinks of his phone, as he sheepishly follows her off-camera.

Blown away by Lumia, slapped down by the other half. Priceless.


via WPCentral

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Like it or like it not, Microsoft have bounced back on the market with Windows Phone and it's bloody brilliant. Slick, fast, intuitive user interface which just works. I feel a lot more confident buying apps via Microsoft or Apple because the operating systems aren't fragmented the way Android is, and the security checks are, by all accounts I've heard, much better compared to Google's. Also, Windows Phone strikes a great balance between consumer apps and business connectivity with direct access to Office documents and SharePoint etc. Small things like being able to simply update Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn simultaneously is awesome. Live tiles are gorgeous. Really not so sure what the future roadmap for Android is (or anything else coming out of Google these days at all for that matter - everything thry seem to have tried seems to have flopped like Google Wave and Google+) Be interesting to see how Android fares by the time a Oracle are finished with Google in court. Oh, the other thing is Android app development sucks compared to Windows Phone app development... The Android SDK running in the Eclipse IDE compared to Windows Phone SDK in Visual Studio is like comparing a push-bike to a Rolls Royce. Windows Phone has a very nice future ahead of it compared to Android.

First of all that video was funny!!!!

Second, boy you guys can b*tch. Just because MS is doing some promo work for their phones. Staged or not, all they want to do is make WP shine. Why would they show video's where WP gets smoked? Why doesn't apple or any android manufacturer show us a commercial where the competition is better? You guys really crack me up.
I have a feeling the Android crowd is getting a bit ****ed because MS is making fun of their beloved OS.

Grow up boys, it's just a commercial

BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

As staged as that video was (and it was staged 100%), it was FUNNY as ****!!!

PS: My iPhone 4 can blow away a SG2 in taking a pic and posting to Facebook too, so no surprise there. SG2 beats mine on other things though, so it's s mixed bag. MS needs to stop with the fake and get back to the real... Oh wait, that means they wouldn't have that much to brag about, oh well...

the product is far from failing. Its nice to see android fanboys lay into windows phones so much, are we a lil scared of competition. If you don't care about wp why the hell are you writing so much in defence of android all the time????? go custom rom your ice cream sandwich or something

Who cares how fast you can do things? Half a second here and 2 seconds there. That wont get anyone I know buying a different phone. Who wants to be the only one in a group of friends with the electric blue phone from Nokia running an OS that most people have not heard about?

I played with a Lumia yesterday and I thought it was very confusing. I did not like how things were all merged. If I want to see someones tweets I will go and look at them. I dont need tweets when I am looking for contacts. Also the Windows OS seemed to need endless sideways scrolling to get things done and I did not like that either... the phone and OS is not for me.

buy what phone you want to buy and stop bashing other phones just because you use android, I have a 4s and lumia 900, of course my 900 blows the 4s away with any online stuff just for the fact that's its lte, the lte alone is enough to make this a great buy but the design the os are great, the market place is growing pretty fast now with more and more apps coming. What all this publicity is doing is telling folks that out of the box with day to day tasks for the average user windows phones are faster, and that is what they do, out of the box without any third party apps or custom roms it is faster than 90% or so of the phones on the market today. So android fanboys get over the fact that out of the box wp7.5 phones will blow your quad core android phones away, and apple folks sorry yes too it will blow your 4s away too

The "new" Nokia may be faster but can you customise it and get it the way you want it to look? No, You can't. It looks like every other phone, same as Apple's do. So, if you want to be a sheep then buy MS or Apple, if you want to be an individual then buy Android

To be honest, we all know videos like this are all a marketing scheme. It's all a ploy to get you interested in the phone and talking about it to your friends. But, on the other hand, coming from someone who has used all three (iOS, Android, WP7), I can tell you on a day by day basis, the WP7 OS just makes what I do all day easier, and gives me an experience I enjoy. The iPhone I had was a great device, the HTC Inspire gave me a quality Android experience, but my wife and I just enjoy the experience we have with WP7 more. It all boils down to what you like and what works best for YOU, not someone else.

tuneslover said,
UGGG bitch...he should breakup with her asap.

You're talking about Samsung Galaxy, right?

you people are arguing on wrong stuff........ lets focus on the psycho bitch lol..... she was getting so angry like he lost a grand or something.... bet she must have beat the crap out of that guy later lol........

atifsh said,
you people are arguing on wrong stuff........ lets focus on the psycho bitch lol..... she was getting so angry like he lost a grand or something.... bet she must have beat the crap out of that guy later lol........

Exactly.
Every techie who has had the misfortune of dating a luddite can relate!

I LoL'd

It's the same challenge over and over again. is that all WP7 can do fast? Take a picture, tag it, then upload it to facebook. What about twitter, G+, or other networks? What about sending an email, downloading the latest games/apps (Angry Birds Space), or using an IRC client app (without it disconnecting every time you switch apps).

There are about a million challenges Android or iOS would win, that's why the Microsoft/Nokia's challenge is always "Take picture, tag, upload to facebook", because that's seemingly the only thing it can do better than others. I'm sorry but that's not a reason to buy a phone. It's just a gimmick, and everyone knows it.

simplezz said,
It's the same challenge over and over again. is that all WP7 can do fast? Take a picture, tag it, then upload it to facebook. What about twitter, G+, or other networks? What about sending an email, downloading the latest games/apps (Angry Birds Space), or using an IRC client app (without it disconnecting every time you switch apps).

There are about a million challenges Android or iOS would win, that's why the Microsoft/Nokia's challenge is always "Take picture, tag, upload to facebook", because that's seemingly the only thing it can do better than others. I'm sorry but that's not a reason to buy a phone. It's just a gimmick, and everyone knows it.

Pretty much. And all other challenges are set by the challenger (Nokia/MS) and are pre setup to beat the challenge. And why not the vids when someone beats WP7? If WP7 is so great, then there would be no fear to release the vids of people who actually beat WP7.

simplezz said,
......

If you were redesigning an OS and platform experience within and extremely short development window, what would you include in the first release?

As far as WP goes, yes it's not a full computer like Android and that IS the point.

This is what the contests are all about. Techies NEED something to tinker with to feel good about themselves at the end of the day. REAL consumers want the device to perform as advertised.

So, if all they advertise is the top experience, let them have it.

dotf said,

This is what the contests are all about. Techies NEED something to tinker with to feel good about themselves at the end of the day. REAL consumers want the device to perform as advertised.

So, if all they advertise is the top experience, let them have it.


WP7 claims to be fastest at every day tasks yet It can't even do my everyday tasks, let alone beat other phones at it. I think it's the same for other people. WP7 is all about Facebook integration and little else, and that's shown in this challenge. If all you do with your phone is take a picture, tag it, then upload it to facebook, then you may as well get a feature phone. I'm pretty sure most of those do that.

simplezz said,
It's the same challenge over and over again. is that all WP7 can do fast? Take a picture, tag it, then upload it to facebook. What about twitter, G+, or other networks? What about sending an email, downloading the latest games/apps (Angry Birds Space), or using an IRC client app (without it disconnecting every time you switch apps).

There are about a million challenges Android or iOS would win, that's why the Microsoft/Nokia's challenge is always "Take picture, tag, upload to facebook", because that's seemingly the only thing it can do better than others. I'm sorry but that's not a reason to buy a phone. It's just a gimmick, and everyone knows it.


Instead of complaining about WP, you'd educate yourself and realize that twitter is also baked in WP? and how the **** do you tag a person in a twitter photo? Use some brains! It's not a gimmick if it's real. It's a commercial, they won't show scenarios in which Nokia/WP aren't faster than other phones. simple.

That chick was just embarrassed for herself being in front of everyone and on camera watching her BF lose. That is all this is. And I wouldnt be surprised at all to find out this was all staged. Doesnt even look real.

And big deal, the phone can upload photos to FB a few seconds faster. I know many people with smart phones that do not even use FB. And why is Nokia only doing FB upload challenges?

So you have Nokia doing stupid FB pic upload challenges, and MS doing challenges that their phone is already set to beat anyone (like setting up weather for two different locations ahead of time and then picking that topic to challenge other phones).

Edited by techbeck, Apr 14 2012, 3:59pm :

I would like to see a challenge as follows:
which device backup SMS faster...........
S/

Btw My phone is a Lumia 800

Fritzly said,
I would like to see a challenge as follows:
which device backup SMS faster...........
S/

Btw My phone is a Lumia 800

Device (inc. SMS) backup should come with WP8, according to a job post earlier this year.

funkydude said,

Device (inc. SMS) backup should come with WP8, according to a job post earlier this year.

yes I heard the rumors and I really hope so; SD removable cards, Hardware encryption, sync with the desktop etc. are, among others, things that I missed since moving from WM to WP.
Time will tell but if MS will include these capabilities with W8 they will make a happy camper and I will be able to stay.

This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.

Daniel_Pooh said,
This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.

And everyone else knows how to or cares to run a custom ROM on their phone?

Daniel_Pooh said,
This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.
You are still missing the point! Stock Windows Phone out performs all phones with day to day tasks (as in 99% of what people use the phone for) this is why Android users are so annoying. This is the only "mythical" argument you have. When someone picks up a Windows Phone people instantly get, Android is another story. This is why Apple is so successful, their UI is easy to use; get it!

Daniel_Pooh said,
This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.
Proof or GTFO

Daniel_Pooh said,
This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.

well i have a Galaxy S2 with ICS custom rom and yes it can blow away WP devices any time, but as i said it's a custom rom, and i heavily customize my device to suit my everyday uses. WP devices are that blazing fast at getting tasks done without any customization (just out of the box) and the average consumer doesn't know what the hell is a custom rom. so i'm sorry to break it to u dude, but WP wins in this matter

Nexus69 said,
You are still missing the point! Stock Windows Phone out performs all phones with day to day tasks

Only if you engage in selected challenges by Microsoft/Nokia. Notice it's always Facebook, because that's baked directly into stock WP7 phones. How about Twitter and G+? If WP7 was really better at everyday tasks, then there would be a plethora of challenges, but instead we have one or two at most that are specifically selected based on what WP7 has baked into it. Do we all just take pictures, tag them, then upload to Facebook all day? I know I don't. I don't even use Facebook, I use G+. Can WP7 do the same with G+ on stock?

simplezz said,
I use G+. Can WP7 do the same with G+ on stock?

It's rumoured to be included in the fall update.
When Android gets new OS features, devices don't get the updates.

dotf said,

It's rumoured to be included in the fall update.
When Android gets new OS features, devices don't get the updates.

That wasn't my question. My question was: Can WP7 beat other phones taking a picture, tagging, then uploading to G+. The simple answer is it can't even upload to G+.

simplezz said,

That wasn't my question. My question was: Can WP7 beat other phones taking a picture, tagging, then uploading to G+. The simple answer is it can't even upload to G+.

As if G+ matters. It doesn't upload to Myspace either.

Daniel_Pooh said,
This stuff is all BS running some stock bull**** my Galaxy S2 with ICS and a custom rom smokes Windows phones and blows away Nokias.

Tell you what. Find a single-core 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM android phone, put ICS on it, and then compare it to a 1 GHz WP. Come back when you've done that.

eddman said,

Tell you what. Find a single-core 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM android phone, put ICS on it, and then compare it to a 1 GHz WP. Come back when you've done that.

While I see what you are trying to say with this point, I also see 1 to 1.5 year old hardware being pushed out by Nokia. You also have to remember that Microsoft is controlling the hardware set phone makers can use for the phones just like Apple.

There are also huge differences between engineering hardware around software (WP7 and Apple) vs software around hardware (Android).

My phone meets your specs and it is running Gingerbread and as a VZW customer, I would gladly put it up against the only WP7 VZW has, the HTC Trophy, because it is a POS.

Fritzly said,
Is it real?

It looks fake to be honest. The results, perhaps not, since I don't have a Galaxy or a Lumia to compare, but the reaction is acted out for sure.

Well, I agree that it goes too far in promoting Lumia, and bashing the opponent's product. And may seem a bit unnatural.
But it is not staged. Nokia is doing hundreds of such events, and it only takes the best ones. So this one is among the most "successful" one.

Xahid said,
LOL Samsung Galaxy is piece of junk ? haha, I can do it in few seconds with Galaxy !

it is literally a piece of junk considering the materials used to build it... and the OS it runs, and the UI it sports; so yeah, the Galaxy IS junk

Morden said,

it is literally a piece of junk considering the materials used to build it...

It's not even the materials but the fact the design is just so blah.

Xahid said,
LOL Samsung Galaxy is piece of junk ? haha, I can do it in few seconds with Galaxy !

Ya dude these videos are bs I just did the same thing on my Galaxy S2 synched with the video and I was done just before the Nokia guy said done.

Daniel_Pooh said,

Ya dude these videos are bs I just did the same thing on my Galaxy S2 synched with the video and I was done just before the Nokia guy said done.

ah I was waiting for some android guy to be faster and better :-D

Morden said,

it is literally a piece of junk considering the materials used to build it... and the OS it runs, and the UI it sports; so yeah, the Galaxy IS junk

If you mean gorilla glass is junk then I reckon you should drop kick it across the room with an iPhone and see how they fare. Have you actually used an SII? or are you just saying its junk because someone once said they think the plastic on the back feels cheap? At least the "junk" I use is practical.

Considering the UI and design are involved in patent spats between samsung and apple (eg apple thinks they look too similar) I'm not sure what you are trying to say about the SII other than its apparently crap design was an improvement on a worse design. My only conclusion is that you wish to create pointless struggles based on foundless opinions fueled by your desire to prove you are better than others by saying their technology is "junk".

Auzeras said,

If you mean gorilla glass is junk then I reckon you should drop kick it across the room with an iPhone and see how they fare. Have you actually used an SII? or are you just saying its junk because someone once said they think the plastic on the back feels cheap? At least the "junk" I use is practical.

Considering the UI and design are involved in patent spats between samsung and apple (eg apple thinks they look too similar) I'm not sure what you are trying to say about the SII other than its apparently crap design was an improvement on a worse design. My only conclusion is that you wish to create pointless struggles based on foundless opinions fueled by your desire to prove you are better than others by saying their technology is "junk".

no ims saying its apparently stolen UI design is a bad ripoff of another design... android basic ui is one ugly SOB but the Touchwiz what Samsung does is even worse and really deserve the attention of Apple lawyers

and used? no thanks, I only touch android in full biohazard suite, but I had the misfortune to look at the devices closely... practical like a pacific rim car: cheap materials, underdesigned and boring body and an Apple ripoff for UI

Morden said,

no ims saying its apparently stolen UI design is a bad ripoff of another design... android basic ui is one ugly SOB but the Touchwiz what Samsung does is even worse and really deserve the attention of Apple lawyers

and used? no thanks, I only touch android in full biohazard suite, but I had the misfortune to look at the devices closely... practical like a pacific rim car: cheap materials, underdesigned and boring body and an Apple ripoff for UI

LOL Bro you are too funny! Hahaha. I actually thought you were serious for a minute!

Xahid said,
LOL Samsung Galaxy is piece of junk ? haha, I can do it in few seconds with Galaxy !

Yeah I have a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and I hate this phone. I had the way it feels so cheap and hate the UI. I can change the UI but I can't change how ugly the phone is!! =) But I purchased a Lumia 900 and 4 days later I sent it back. I LOVE the Windows Phone UI and love how easy some things are. But it's lacking so much right now. I hope Windows Phone 8 really gives Android and IOS a run for it's money.

Mohitster said,
ROFL dude! her reaction was so priceless!!! hahahaha

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH "i told you your phone was a worthless piece of ****" LOL

Mohitster said,
ROFL dude! her reaction was so priceless!!! hahahaha

I wanted to find out if this was staged. No.1 reason: The couple have excessive make up on. That's ok for the girl. But that dude having make up while saying he got smoked at the end makes this video a big fail. I don't find it funny any more.

sanke1 said,
I wanted to find out if this was staged.

Of course it was. I don't know any girls who could care less how long it took to upload a photo to FB, let alone slag off at their BF's phone if it took a bit longer.

The ad might appeal to teenage boys, but seriously, I'd be worried about buying a Nokia Lumia, if they have to resort to tactics like that.

Says more about Nokia than any performance of their competitors phone.