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Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph has been getting lots of attention lately for his “Smoked by Windows Phone” contests, in which he challenges iPhone and Android users to complete everyday tasks faster than he can on a Windows Phone.

Microsoft's Ben Rudolph

John and I experienced this first-hand on our recent GeekWire radio show and podcast, when Rudolph’s Windows Phone smoked both of us and our iPhones in an on-air version of the challenge.

Looks like Samsung likes the concept, too. The team behind the company’s giant Android-based Galaxy Note this week unveiled the Samsung “Street Challenge,” a somewhat less convincing take on the “phone vs. phone” genre, in which new Samsung Galaxy Note users compete against some (rather hapless) iPhone users on the streets of New York.

The videos from Samsung are landing the same week as Microsoft is debuting a new series of online ads based on Rudolph’s project.

For the record, Samsung makes Windows Phones, as well.

And for what it’s worth, the folks at Mashable contend that Samsung is copying their idea, too.

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