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Smoked by Windows Phone Contestant Accuses Microsoft of Cheating

March 26, 2012 4 Comments

Losing $100 doesn’t seem like a horrible thing but losing a $1,000 prize when you feel that it was unfair than that might sting a bit.

Sahas from Skattertech writes:

The Microsoft Store employee I was up against then explained the selected challenge. Her exact words were the following: “bring up the weather of two different cities.” The one who could do that first would win. I felt like I struck gold since I knew I already had two weather widgets on my home screen: one for my current location (San Jose, CA) and another for Berkeley, CA.

After a three-second count down, I hit the power button on my phone and said “DONE!” out loud. I had disabled the lock screen entirely, which is a rather awesome out-of-the-box feature of Android that takes you straight to the home screen with a single push of the power button. I didn’t even need to touch the screen, since the two weather widgets were already there.

My opponent finished a split-second later. She had two live tiles on her home screen displaying the weather of two different cities as well. Why does it take longer on Windows Phone? She had to perform two actions. First, she hit the power button to turn on the screen. Second, she had to swipe away the lock screen. That’s pretty much the fastest it gets on that platform. Windows Phone takes two interactions, versus just one on Android.

After the story made its way throught the internet however, Ben Rudolph being the stand up guy he is tweeted:

Relax guys!  I wasn’t there for the challenge with @sahaskatta so didn’t see what really went down.  We’ll make it right though!

What do you guys think? was the challenger right or was she a sore loser?


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  • http://twitter.com/jaygss Jay

    Hmm, thats a pretty crappy thing of the employee to do. If it is correct.

    Not cool.

    • http://post404.com/ Randall Arnold

      Agreed.  Good to see Microsoft make it right, though!

  • Anonymous

    Microsoft ‘making it right’ won’t make the headlines whereas the initial complaint will linger.

    I always thought SBWP tasks were initiated by the opponent? ie the opponent usually chose what action they both performed…

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