The GSMArena Smartphone Champions League grand final is a Windows Phone affair

GSMArena.com held its first ever smartphone champions league, pitching 32 smartphones against one another, and eliminating devices in round after round of public voting. The grand final is here, and the last two devices standing are both powered by Windows Phone OS. It is almost shocking to see how the “underdogs” got to this spot. The tournament is strictly a popularity thing, which makes it even more surprising, considering the size of the Android horde. Besides Windows Phone and Android devices, the tournament also featured iOS and Asha OS devices.

GSMArena Smartphone Champions League

Anyway, now squaring off in the grand final are the Lumia 1020 super cameraphone and Lumia 1520 phablet. Here is a big hurray for Nokia’s Windows Phone OS boys!

So that’s that then – the big day has finally come. 32 smartphones, 30 games and just over 1 million votes have lead to this moment – the grand final of the Smartphone Champions League.

You can check out the introduction and guidelines of the tournament here, and the grand final here.

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0 thoughts on “The GSMArena Smartphone Champions League grand final is a Windows Phone affair

  • January 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    Crap.
    Lumia devices’ only have their camera-prowess going for them. Everything else is trivial – ash & done before.

    I’ve got a Lumia 720 & I wish I could trade it away. Now.

    Its no wonder I prefer phonearena.com to gsmarena.com. My opinion.

  • January 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    I do hope for the sake of competition that this win helps Windows Phone to start making decent sales that will help keep the platform from going extinct and please don’t ask me to help because I simply can’t. Windows Phone is still in a stage that is not good enough for me. I believe what i have is serving me better and I just can’t trade that for something far less.

    Good luck Nokia and Microsoft with their Windows Phone effort but I’m still not impress enough to support their effort with my money.

  • January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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    The credibility of a population sample is dependent on the size and spread of the sample taken, and the umpire.

    Somehow, the sales pattern worldwide does not correlate with the result of this (s)election.

    I think it can be safely discountenanced, and ultimately, annuked.

  • January 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    If anything I will trade in my Lumia 820 for either a 925 or 1020 or even the next generation of Lumia phones.

    And in terms of popularity, the people have spoken.

    Isn’t phonearena the website that reported that support for BB OS7 was going to be discontinued?

  • January 4, 2014 at 8:27 am
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    “Somehow, the sales pattern worldwide does not correlate with the result of this (s)election.”

    I tend to disagree. I was following the Tournament (lazily) but i understand it was an open poll i.e anyone with an account could vote so voting was not tied to a particular geographical region.

    Windows Phone might be the “most popular worldwide” because the geek and near-geek population that demand for octa-core, 128bit chip, file explorer is less than 5% in the grand scheme of things. A great imaging phone trumps the above specs for people that make calls, send sms, browse lightly and use whatsapp

  • January 4, 2014 at 9:05 am
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    @Khene, na you sabi!

    Disagree all you want, but the people have spoken. With their wallet.

    And that wallet_voting sure does not, generally tally with the result announced here.

    Android rains. In torrents.

    And but reigns, too.

    You know it. I know it.

  • January 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    Windows Phone might be the “most popular worldwide” because the geek and near-geek population that demand for octa-core, 128bit chip, file explorer is less than 5% in the grand scheme of things. A great imaging phone trumps the above specs for people that make calls, send sms, browse lightly and use whatsapp

    Yeah, you may be correct there but another fact you may be forgetting is that the geeks tend to help sway the decision of the non-geeks to a very great extent. When they start singing the death of a platform, it generally starts dying eventually. Just ask Nokia and BlackBerry. And when they sing the praise of a product or operating system, it usually succeeds.

    The geeks generally give Windows Phone good appraisal in the UI department but always end their review of most Windows Phone devices with a “but”. I don’t exactly consider myself a geek but I do know a thing or two about phones and computers in general. I know the number of people that had come to me for advice on a smartphone to buy and those that made their decisions based on what they saw me using and even those that I directly helped to buy mobile phones and that’s quite a good number and none of them is a Windows Phone. Do you know why? I generally don’t think much of Windows Phone operating system even though I like Microsoft and Microsoft Windows operating system and their Office application too.

    Now you may think I’m mean or misleading people but the fact of the master remains that if you are my friend or acquaintance and you are going to trust me and my decision and you come to me for advice, I will consider it betrayal recommending what I will not use. If you are a bit knowledgeable and still come to me for something like comparing and contrasting different product, it will be entirely a different story because then, I will lay down the pros and cons of whatever platforms you present to me based on my understanding with my advice that will surely be influenced by my leaning on ….

  • January 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    I love Android and Android devices but I think both Lumias up there deserve that spot of glory. No?

    Ignore tweaks and manipulations. Windows Phone is a queen to some extent as well.
    Were you expecting to see an HTC ONE or a Galaxy S4 or a MOTO X or? Sorry cos it looks like the people want more other than what great Andy offers. OR there was a rig in the votes?

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