|IIT Delhi Annual Fest Tryst 2012|
As a sponsor Microsoft had set up some stalls for two things-
- Xbox and Kinect Demo
- Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge
|If you see closely Microsoft prefers Samsung's LCDs ;)|
The Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge was a unique and peculiar contest. The contest invited challengers who could select 3 out of 5 things things they has listed out and compete with a Microsoft Student Partner or a professional from Microsoft India Development Center with their respective phones. The Microsoft people were using Nokia Lumia 800 while you could use any phone you had. It was to prove that Windows phone is the fastest phone till date.
If you won, you'd get Microsoft goodies -
- Laptop Bag
- A Zip Bottle
- A Windows Phone T-shirt
|The Official Smoked by Windows Phone Poster by Microsoft India Development Center.|
But if you lost:
- You would have to stand with a board in your hands that read "Smoked by Windows Phone" [ just like a Criminal is photographed! ]
- You would have speak your name and model of your phone and say that you lost it to Windows Phone.
- This act will be recorded using a Video Recorder and snap-shots would be taken.
- These video recordings and snap-shots will be used for promotion for Windows Phone.
It is to be noted that, the contest was not only about how fast the phone is, but also about how much you know your phone and how fast you are - at using it !!
|The owner of iPhone4s defeated Nokia Lumia 800|
What I found interesting is that Microsoft openly acknowledged its defeat to iPhone and Symbian and put up those pics in Facebook. I never really expected them to be this honest!!
I came to know about the contest only after I had reached IIT Delhi. I was tempted to participate but at the same time, I was a bit nervous. It was a question of prestige, after all I was then a Software Engineer in Samsung. [Now, I have shifted to HR team ;) ]
But, when I told Microsoft IDC professionals that I wanted to participate, they told me that conditions will be modified for me.. since:
1. I was a Microsoft Student Partner from 2008-2011
2. I was a Software Engineer in Samsung R&D.
If I were to lose, I would have to mention along with my name and phone - that - I was a Microsoft Student Partner and an R&D Engineer in Mobile Platform.
You know the best part - I had a Symbian Phone - Nokia 701 - the latest Symbian offering from Nokia, launched in October. The OS is called Symbian Belle. Needless to say, its one of the best phones [yeah I know you think of me as a fool to buy a Symbian phone instead of android, but then you never tried Symbian Belle, have you?]
|PrintScreen of the pic uploaded by Microsoft India Development Center|
I actually defeated Nokia Lumia 800 with my Nokia 701, and received goodies from Microsoft and respect from the current Microsoft Student Partners. Its worth mentioning that Nokia Lumia 800 was launched in the market with MRP approx 29,900/- while Nokia 701 was launched with MRP approx 19,900/-
Microsoft actually uploaded the pics in their official Facebook page :)
|The Goodie Bag I got from Microsoft India Development Center!|
I asked them if I could participate again using any of the galaxy phones from my friends - like Galaxy R, Galaxy S2, or Galaxy Note. They did not allow :(
Many people with phones that had the potential to defeat the Windows Phone lost out. Some people competed with Galaxy Pop, Fit, S, Ace but lost. A couple came with Nokia C7, with Nokia Belle Update installed, tried 3 times and lost!! I was surprised, I had the same OS. They could have won.
To conclude, people just buy these phones because of the trend, but they don't really know how to use it.