Windows Phone 'smokes' iOS, Android in head-to-head race

Microsoft's BenThePCGuy hit the show floor with two things, hundred dollar bills in his pocket and a Windows Phone in his hand. As we posted up previously, Windows Phone was able to 'smoke' a Galaxy Nexus in a head to head race and Ben took on many other competitors to show the true speed of Windows Phone.

Microsoft has posted up more videos from the challenge which can be seen below. The entire series can be seen on YouTube but we pulled a variety of the clips to show the challenge in action.

The concept is simple, the challenger picks a task, then both Ben and the challenger race to complete the action. The idea behind the challenge is to show that Windows Phone is actually faster at completing common tasks than its competition.

This bold marketing attempt is not perfect as Ben did have to toss out a couple hundreds but overall did quite well. The final tally was 30 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, not bad for Windows Phone.

This marketing tactic hits several points. One, it's a great way to show off the speed of the OS and two, it proves that heavy specs do not equate to faster phones. At the end of the day, it was a creative way to advertise the platform as Microsoft continues to battle Android and iOS.

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My test would be ping http://www.google.com and get a reply.

On my Android, I could do it in 10 seconds tops and receive the speed of the ping.
WP7 would need to download a app (if it exists)

People had to prepare for the test, not do what the guy says.

htcz said,
My test would be ping http://www.google.com and get a reply.

On my Android, I could do it in 10 seconds tops and receive the speed of the ping.
WP7 would need to download a app (if it exists)

People had to prepare for the test, not do what the guy says.

Ah pinging a website... just what every phone user needs to do. /s

Is it me or has anyone else never pinged a website on their phone? In fact the only time I think I've ever pinged a website at all is when I was having connection issues with a laptop over wifi.

lt8480 said,

Ah pinging a website... just what every phone user needs to do. /s

Is it me or has anyone else never pinged a website on their phone? In fact the only time I think I've ever pinged a website at all is when I was having connection issues with a laptop over wifi.


I have. Obviously you do not work and just sit at home and do nothing....

For network troubleshooting, pinging different IP addresses to make sure a network is configured correctly is IMO something basic. That is the reason it is included in even Windows 7 Starter or any other OS.

And as a reminder:


The concept is simple, the challenger picks a task, then both Ben and the challenger race to complete the action. The idea behind the challenge is to show that Windows Phone is actually faster at completing common tasks than its competition.

The challenger chooses it. If I choose that common task and Ben would backpedal, I would record it and upload it to YouTube as well.

I wonder on how many challenges he backpedaled, weren't recorded and/or weren't uploaded to YouTube.

I have a windows phone and it does like 5 things well. these challengers didn't know what they were up against. otherwise this guy would have lost a ton of money.

The test was seemingly fair... defiantly setup and tested beforehand I would presume. Not bad footage for marketing though for $3000 dollars!

For fun I tried myself along with the video.. failed. W7 phone won out.

having expected the tasks, I gave my SGSIIX a few tweaks, added a few shortcuts and bam. Smoked the W7 phone....

It seems w7 phone built in everything needed to handle the 'common' tasks with ease. but maybe checking someone elses twitter status or facebook feed could be a lot slower... From the sounds of it in one video there isn't a 'full fledge' facebook app either, which means loading up on a browser which is at least 10x slower.

A good test would be to film a 10 second video, edit out first 3 seconds of it, email the original off and turn the edited one into a video ringtone for a particular contact...

srbeen said,
The test was seemingly fair... defiantly setup and tested beforehand I would presume. Not bad footage for marketing though for $3000 dollars!

For fun I tried myself along with the video.. failed. W7 phone won out.

having expected the tasks, I gave my SGSIIX a few tweaks, added a few shortcuts and bam. Smoked the W7 phone....

It seems w7 phone built in everything needed to handle the 'common' tasks with ease. but maybe checking someone elses twitter status or facebook feed could be a lot slower... From the sounds of it in one video there isn't a 'full fledge' facebook app either, which means loading up on a browser which is at least 10x slower.

A good test would be to film a 10 second video, edit out first 3 seconds of it, email the original off and turn the edited one into a video ringtone for a particular contact...

There is a Facebook app for WP7, you just don't need it for basic posting/reading from contacts

What a whack test. How about we get down to the ingredients of the OS and features between the Windows Mobile, Android and iPhone. That is enough to have BenThePCGuy writing I.O.U's.

What a dick!
First, it's a Windows Phone 7.5, not a Windows Mobile
Second, grab one and try it yourself for a week.
Then you'll see either specs or features don't matter - WP7 just rocks!

I am an average user who has used both Android phones as well as a WP and may be I am going against the tide here but I like Android more than WP7. The tile thing is just not for me, but thats a personal choice. The main reason why WP7 is still not getting popular is mainly due to lack of marketing. May be WP is faster than other OSes, but the common people is not bothered by some nanoseconds. 90% of the people going to purchase a smartphone will first try to grab an iphone or, say, Galaxy S II. Because its like a status symbol. Show me one WP7 phone which has attained the status of the above mentioned phones. Microsoft should look into this aspect of marketing also.

My only question is what network was each phone using? Were some on cell data? Was there wifi available? I didn't watch the videos and am curious since network can also be a factor.

Microsoft is just over-advertising WP by using its 'fastness' which isn't a Quality. Why can't they say how obsolete WP hardware is...

I'd say how fast you can do something certainly is a quality - especially if it can do it faster than hardware a year or two newer. In return for Windows Phone using oldere hardware, Microsoft gets to ensure a far more stable, more battery efficient and more optimised experience.

~Johnny said,
I'd say how fast you can do something certainly is a quality - especially if it can do it faster than hardware a year or two newer. In return for Windows Phone using oldere hardware, Microsoft gets to ensure a far more stable, more battery efficient and more optimised experience.

the apps im looking for are more work related, there are plenty of them on ios, the only one on wm7 cost £50 something!!! its less than a pound on the iphone!

That's all fine and cute, but where is the marketing? Where are the ads that tell us what Windows Phone can do, and what it can do BETTER than the competition? No Seinfeld, no pointless "party at home" videos, just good and old-fashioned "Choose WP7 because...". Until the human race can be convinced Windows Phone is better than the competition, absolutely nobody will give two craps about it.

Oh, and topping a benchmarking chart at an electronics convention will only make nerds and hipsters hard.

Yea, you have one guy who is an expert at a device against a bunch of novices. Its like a drivers ed teacher trying to beat Dale Earnhardt.

If I am looking directions for something, it takes me all of a few seconds on my phone. Thats plenty for 99.9 percent of the people out there. Even BenthePCguy is making several typing mistakes when trying to go to fast.

And the weather test is just stupid. Now, what Ben should of done was allow the guy to add the cities to his weather app like Ben did. So Ben clearly had the advantage.

Its a good Marketing stunt by MS which is really what they need right now. Hopefully it will draw more attention to WP7 and thus increase competition more. Time will tell.

Edited by techbeck, Jan 13 2012, 1:01am :

~Johnny said,
People who go to CES aren't exactly novices

And I suppose everyone that goes to car shows are car experts and everyone who goes to the adult conferences are porn stars.

techbeck said,

And I suppose everyone that goes to car shows are car experts and everyone who goes to the adult conferences are porn stars.

LOL, what are you smoking?

This is about the phones they use everyday, that they are already familiar with.

Plus, you're missing the point here. The point is, it takes lesser clicks and taps to get your job done. It's a usability software boost no hardware can solve.

thenonhacker said,

LOL, what are you smoking?

This is about the phones they use everyday, that they are already familiar with.
.

Its called an analogy...look it up. And not all the challengers were familiar with their phones...I can see them stumbling around.

And some of the tests are just dumb. Lets have a weather test where Ben already has the cities configured in his phone.

train a guy for all the basic challenges and doing this is very simple... iphone can smoke WP if apple do the same.

The concept is simple, the challenger picks a task, then both Ben and the challenger race to complete the action.

Sounds like the challengers should have had a field day.

I guess either the challengers didn't know the advantages of their particular devices over WP7, or WP7 is simply better designed/optimized to do things better with less powerful hardware.

WOW another story saying the same thing. Windows Phone Users must be feeling pretty down today after that Sprint news. Here is a BS article to make you feel good about yourself.

UndergroundWire said,
WOW another story saying the same thing. Windows Phone Users must be feeling pretty down today after that Sprint news. Here is a BS article to make you feel good about yourself.

Oh, there you are, it didn't take long for you to start trolling this news story did it!!!

UndergroundWire said,
WOW another story saying the same thing. Windows Phone Users must be feeling pretty down today after that Sprint news. Here is a BS article to make you feel good about yourself.

Whatever. Sprint's loss.

neo158 said,

Oh, there you are, it didn't take long for you to start trolling this news story did it!!!

It's not trolling when people like you are taking this story seriously and it is just two guys posting on social networks. Is this how you want Microsoft to market the phone?

UndergroundWire said,
WOW another story saying the same thing. Windows Phone Users must be feeling pretty down today after that Sprint news. Here is a BS article to make you feel good about yourself.

Sprint news? I think here in Europe, most of us WP users could not give a damn about Sprint. We're having a great time

~Johnny said,

Sprint news? I think here in Europe, most of us WP users could not give a damn about Sprint. We're having a great time

I know you are. Kinda sad. Microsoft should market this phone like the Kin. That marketing did well

I think it was a pretty cool promotion stunt.
It didn't bash any of the other OS's it just showed how well WP7 operates, even on older hardware

Not a fair competition, he set tasks that he knew in advance his phone was set up for (eg: LV weather & Redmond weather). If the other player wanted this to do this task, they also could have set it up in advance.

Simon- said,
Not a fair competition, he set tasks that he knew in advance his phone was set up for (eg: LV weather & Redmond weather). If the other player wanted this to do this task, they also could have set it up in advance.

Professional photographer beat by the marketing guy. You would think a marketing guy would know the fastest way to take a picture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...CyS1hI&feature=youtu.be

But I guess the (to use the language of the iPhone and Android fanboys) "haters" will find some other reason to whine an complain about it being unfair, until the next version of their favorite phone when they have the same features, and then it is the best thing ever!

nohone said,

Professional photographer beat by the marketing guy. You would think a marketing guy would know the fastest way to take a picture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...CyS1hI&feature=youtu.be

But I guess the (to use the language of the iPhone and Android fanboys) "haters" will find some other reason to whine an complain about it being unfair, until the next version of their favorite phone when they have the same features, and then it is the best thing ever!


Side note : I hope that as a professional photographer, he is using a real device to take pictures, not a phone.

Anthonyd said,

Side note : I hope that as a professional photographer, he is using a real device to take pictures, not a phone.

I would say that is true, but Apple fanboys have been bragging about how the iPhone has been used to shoot movies, music videos, etc. But even at that, I would think that a pro photographer knows really well how to take pictures with their phone. As the video says, you never know when you need to take a picture, and you don't always have a pro camera with you.

Anthonyd said,

Side note : I hope that as a professional photographer, he is using a real device to take pictures, not a phone.

lol exactly what i thought

I think in everyday, practical use I'm not trying to go as fast as possible with what I need to do on my phone. Besides, if I'm not spending my time staring at my phone in public than how am I suppose to look important?

Anyway, I may go with WP this year. We'll see what comes out when I'm ready.

Good, practical stunt for sure. I assume its not like he went in unpractised in what needed to be done either though.

thommcg said,
Good, practical stunt for sure. I assume its not like he went in unpractised in what needed to be done either though.

Oh no doubt they spent a good few days practising all possible scenarios with the competition just to make sure they ARE faster first - they don't want to go out and do this marketing stunt and put money up front on it just to find out they get completely smashed and then actually lowering the overall image of the OS - they probably only did it because they found out they ARE faster than everyone else

You're got to be pretty confident before hand to actually make sure all the cameras are there watching, advertising the competition too as many phone fanatic attendees as they could and putting the money up front. Of course that's no bad thing - they're just proving a valid point!

thommcg said,
Good, practical stunt for sure. I assume its not like he went in unpractised in what needed to be done either though.

If an iPhone user uses Twitter often, then chances are they know how to use it, just as the WP7 guy knows how to use it on his device. The contestants were asked what task they wanted to perform. They were not using some unfamiliar phone, they were using their own phones, phones they should know how to use to the best of it's ability.

If the phone user doesn't know how to use it, then it is the phone maker's fault for creating software that is not intuitive. If an iPhone user does not know that you hold down the volume button to bring up the camera, then maybe Apple should have added a dedicated button that people could see and ask "hmm, wonder what that button is?" and not overload the meanings of the buttons.

thommcg said,
Good, practical stunt for sure. I assume its not like he went in unpractised in what needed to be done either though.

Yeah Microsoft had everything rigged in favor of Windows Phone of course. The worst one was the weather competition, where Microsoft already had the two cities pinned to the home screen. Had an Android user known which cities they were going to use, it would be a tie.

Uploading pics to facebook is actually a tie with Android, they're both just as fast.

Uploading pics to twitter on the iPhone is just as fast as Windows Phone too.

WP7 is only faster in select cases, but Windows Phone is incredibly slower at opening third-party apps.

andrewbares said,
WP7 is only faster in select cases, but Windows hone is incredibly slower at opening third-party apps.

That depends on how well coded the apps are really, doesn't it?

My Windows Phone launches third party apps relatively quickly.

andrewbares said,

Yeah Microsoft had everything rigged in favor of Windows Phone of course. The worst one was the weather competition, where Microsoft already had the two cities pinned to the home screen. apps.

That is the purpose of the tiles, IOS and Android don't have this feature so this is clearly a win for WP7.

nohone said,

If an iPhone user uses Twitter often, then chances are they know how to use it, just as the WP7 guy knows how to use it on his device. The contestants were asked what task they wanted to perform. They were not using some unfamiliar phone, they were using their own phones, phones they should know how to use to the best of it's ability...

Course, though not neccessarily versed in doing it speedily And as per the Weather test, having preset widgets for your speed test shows a certain level of pre-preparedness.

andrewbares said,

Yeah Microsoft had everything rigged in favor of Windows Phone of course. The worst one was the weather competition, where Microsoft already had the two cities pinned to the home screen. Had an Android user known which cities they were going to use, it would be a tie.

Uploading pics to facebook is actually a tie with Android, they're both just as fast.

Uploading pics to twitter on the iPhone is just as fast as Windows Phone too.

WP7 is only faster in select cases, but Windows Phone is incredibly slower at opening third-party apps.


shocker: WP7 is not about third-party apps.

Considering WP7 are a couple of generations behind the newest Android & iPhone's, this is quite astounding!

Where is UndergroundWire shouting about his beloved "G-nex" now lol haha!

vincent said,
Is the hardware the same? No.


i rest my case...

You do realise phones like the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone are far more "powerful" than Windows phones, right? The point you're missing is the intuitiveness of the OS.

vincent said,
Is the hardware the same? No.


i rest my case...

You have no case. In many of the videos, the MS guy asked the person if they were a big facebook/twitter/etc. user, they said yes. If those people use those apps often, then they will want the greatest speed to get the most benefit from those apps. And MS showed them how they could more effectively use Facebook/Twitter/etc. with a WP7 vs. the other devices.

Sure, I could create a benchmark that shows that running through a set of CPU instructions is faster on a quad core Android, but what use does that get the every day user? The user does not care about the raw CPU processing unless they are doing heavy data processing (SETI at home, etc) on their phone. They care about how long it takes to complete a task, and in 30 out of 33 times, WP7 did it faster.

And in at least one case, it was not the phone, it was the data network - see video #3 where the MS guy says uploading, quickly after the iPhone user says uploading, and the iPhone finishes first. Was it because the iPhone was on Wi-Fi while the WP7 was on 3G?

GoNucks said,

You do realise phones like the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone are far more "powerful" than Windows phones, right? The point you're missing is the intuitiveness of the OS.

In what way? like you rip blu-ray or render 3d graphics with your "powerful" phone? for general uses like browsing, mailing or watching videos 1.5GHZ Single Core and 1.2GHZ-Dual Core processor are actually same. However, Microsoft is trying to prove that WP7 runs faster on slower device than Android or iOS and they are definitely successful..plus they are comparing operating system not the hardware.

vincent said,
Is the hardware the same? No.


i rest my case...

Oops, you're right. I should get a Dual-Core phone, that will make posting a string to twitter SO much faster...

tuneslover said,

In what way? like you rip blu-ray or render 3d graphics with your "powerful" phone? for general uses like browsing, mailing or watching videos 1.5GHZ Single Core and 1.2GHZ-Dual Core processor are actually same. However, Microsoft is trying to prove that WP7 runs faster on slower device than Android or iOS and they are definitely successful..plus they are comparing operating system not the hardware.

My last sentence is saying the gist of what yours did (albeit in much less detail): "The point you're missing is the intuitiveness of the OS."

vincent said,
Is the hardware the same? No.


i rest my case...


You're right. The iPhone and GN both have "better" hardware. That should REALLY tell you something!

Astra.Xtreme said,
Seeing as the 4S was one of the phones that beat it, I would hardly say that it "smokes" iOS...

Depends on the hardware.
It'd more likely beat iOS running on a iPhone 3GS/4 than a 4S.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Seeing as the 4S was one of the phones that beat it, I would hardly say that it "smokes" iOS...

The titan II is trying to upload a 16Mpx photo where the iPhone is uploading a lower res picture to twitter, that's where the iPhone beat the WP, and it was really close. I'd say there are both equivalent in that case

Anthonyd said,

The titan II is trying to upload a 16Mpx photo where the iPhone is uploading a lower res picture to twitter, that's where the iPhone beat the WP, and it was really close. I'd say there are both equivalent in that case

And he was using a Titan 2? I don't believe so. Original Titan sir

andrewbares said,

And he was using a Titan 2? I don't believe so. Original Titan sir

Looks like a thin titan II to me, but you might be right

peacemf said,
its a great os, just doesnt have the apps i really need yet......when it does i'll be there

Yeah, still a few missing. I went ahead and switched, but there are a few apps I miss. It's getting new, notable ones every day though!

Enron said,

Yeah, still a few missing. I went ahead and switched, but there are a few apps I miss. It's getting new, notable ones every day though!

I'm interested in what apps you guys are looking for. There are only 1 or 2 apps I'm still waiting to get to WP7. One is Audible, but that is more an issue with Audible, and I hear the app is expected in March, and I'd like to see Smugmug app integrate directly into the Pictures hub.

I went from BB to WP7, never used iOS or Android, so I'd like to know what apps you really want ported over.

gark said,

I'm interested in what apps you guys are looking for. There are only 1 or 2 apps I'm still waiting to get to WP7. One is Audible, but that is more an issue with Audible, and I hear the app is expected in March, and I'd like to see Smugmug app integrate directly into the Pictures hub.

I went from BB to WP7, never used iOS or Android, so I'd like to know what apps you really want ported over.

Well I want an official F1 live timing and scoring app and a stock quote app with bollinger bands.

gark said,

I'm interested in what apps you guys are looking for. There are only 1 or 2 apps I'm still waiting to get to WP7. One is Audible, but that is more an issue with Audible, and I hear the app is expected in March, and I'd like to see Smugmug app integrate directly into the Pictures hub.

I went from BB to WP7, never used iOS or Android, so I'd like to know what apps you really want ported over.

There's a ton of apps you are missing out on with Windows Phone. Any special events ALWAYS develop apps for iPhone/Android and not Windows Phone. At CES, I couldn't use the mobile app to find my way around since I had a Windows Phone.

At my university, I can't use the mobile app either.

Plus there's all the restaurant apps... Dominos, Chipotle, etc.

Pandora....

Here's a bigger list: http://www.iheartwp7.com/add-an-app/

The experience on WP7 is hindered when you can't enjoy all the apps your friends have.

Check out MetroRadio to access your Pandora account. It works great.

The most missed app for me is Chase online banking with check scan to deposit checks.

peacemf said,
its a great os, just doesnt have the apps i really need yet......when it does i'll be there

garfield


They need to lower the price of apps and games as well. Users simply won't want to buy apps that are costing over 4 times as much on windows phones vs an a iphone.

Also, there really needs to be come quality control. At the moment there seems to be a heck of a lot of paid for content that are just 'sexy babes' and 'soundboards' and I'm pretty sure a lot of them don't have the copyrights to use said pictures of sounds.

However, the good stuff is actually good if you can pick you way through the trash thats on offer. I'm really enjoying my windows phone and wish I had picked one up earlier..

In the last video if they'd decided to post to Twitter wouldn't the iPhone been able to use the in-app twitter integration?

Edit: should have watched the 3rd before the 4th xD

The finally tally was 30 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, not bad for Windows Phone.

"Not bad"? That was ridiculously good!!