04/29/2010, 08:06 PM
Let each vendor put their OS and hardware up for observation, and see whose is more USABLE overall.
WebOS vs. iphone vs. Android vs. blackberry vs. windows. All at the same time.
set up a pre-defined set of tasks that all devices can do with their stock software, and let 'em go live, head to head. No fake demos. No spec wars. Just pure useage. Do it in front of a live audience, film it, put it up for the world to see. Audience cheering encouraged.
I think WebOS would fare quite well in this type of real-world competition.
mebbe have a core email address, sms number, and IM user to send things to. Set those things up in each phone's addressbook before the competition. Allow them to all be signed into their IM ahead of time, to eliminate any issues with lag.
Take a photo
sms it to contact, with specific text
email it to contact, with specific text
send it to contact, with specific text
(any of the above can be done simultaneously, if the phone allows)
Do a web search for something
share results with contacts
phone a contact
etc, etc, etc.
I'm sure someone could put together a pretty cool script for the shootout. The above is a lame start.
Back in the day, IBM would host these, and Microsoft would attend. It was windows 95/NT vs. OS/2.
I wish the culture was still like that. Truth is, I think the other guys would be scared of something like this, and all decline.