During CES, Microsoft hosted a competition called ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’. In this contest, you would be issued a task on your smartphone, and evangelist Ben Rudolph of Microsoft would then wield a Windows Phone and try to perform that task quicker. If you lose, you would have to admit that you were ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’. If you do beat the Windows Phone to performing the task, you’d win $1,000.
As a part of the promotion, Microsoft has introduced this very challenge to their brick-and-mortar stores, but with slightly higher stakes. If you triumph over the Windows Phone and win, you’d win a Special Edition Hunger Games HP Folio 13, valued at just over $1,000 and the best thing was, even if you had lost, you’ll not go empty handed as you would have the opportunity to swap your Android/iPhone device with the Nokia’s Windows Phone device.
According to Reddit, Blogger Sahas Katta paid a visit to his local Microsoft Store in Santa Clara, CA and decided to participate in the challenge. The challenge he was presented with was to display the weather of two different cities, which by coincidence, Katta had already configured two weather widgets on his home screen. So, after the three second countdown to commence the competition, he simply hit the power button on his phone and exclaimed “Done!”
However, despite finishing sooner, the Windows Phone user was declared the winner of the challenge. Upon inquiring he was told that he actually had to display the weather of different cities in different states (information which reportedly wasn’t disclosed prior to the beginning of the contest.)
That’s just one side of the story in which he appears to be the innocent one, let’s see if Microsoft employees respond to this event.