I’ve been seeing more than a few lucky Android users showing off their winnings across the interwebs after entering into the “Smoked By Windows Phone” challenge. The event, being held at your local Microsoft Store, is sponsored by The Hunger Games and if you think your Android device has what it takes to best a Windows Phone in a few challenges (admittedly, tailored to WP7 devices), you could walk away with a brand new laptop, free of charge. Just like this one fellow above. Contest rules say the challenge officially ends tonight at 10PM, but you’re going to want to call your local Microsoft Store ahead of time just to make sure (some stop accepting new challengers at 7PM). Good luck, Androids. Don’t fail us…
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