When I purchased this phone I was looking forward to the change from the ios platform.
I wasn't going to let my approx $800 of app purchases deter me. The family have iPad's after all.
First impression: I couldn't put it down. So many options and customizations. Great fun but then, when it came to setting up contacts and the calendars. It took me considerable time to work out how to delete and import people, and my outlook account held information online that didn't sync for up to 30 minutes to my phone. It wasn't an easy task to set up or a great welcome to the 950XL W10 OS.
After 3 weeks I have a better feeling for the phone. It lacks some work related apps which is annoying. But that's the developers choice.
I still wouldn't recommend this phone for a non technically minded person though. Just like using a windows PC, you need a fairly good understanding of how to navigate your way around and how to troubleshoot any issues. For example when receiving a message from an unknown caller, adding the number to a new contact required a cut and paste as apposed to it prompting to create one from just tapping on the number. I've been spoon fed for too long. Also when manually creating a calendar event, I constantly get an instant pop up reminder that the time is now due. It then creates a non titled event and disappears into the calendar abyss. Maybe these things I need more lessons on too, however my point is: Unless you love fiddling with your phone and playing with settings. Id stay with something else.
On a positive note, I think the good outweighs the bad.
It produces outstanding photos and videos. Audio input/output quality no issues.
When the battery eventually goes flat. Plug it in and your contactable in seconds as opposed to my old iPhone Very fast charging. Love it. Wireless charging if you want it too. Not for me!
Live tiles on the Lumia look great too, and are a refreshing change.
There's no lag. Not that you'd expect it with this phones specs.
Overall I enjoy this phone and I'm more than happy to keep it and show it off however, if I bought one for another family member, Id never leave the house again due to the setup and initial troubleshooting assistance they'd require.
This is where the competitors can rightfully boast their "It just works" slogan. Bells and whistles my elderly mother can easily use. (almost).
NEW UPDATE FOR LUMIA 950XL!!!!!
This update brings the build up to .164. Check it out!
Thank you Microsoft for keeping up the updates to the OS.
I bought a lumia 950xl in Italy in on February 8. I have never met a problem. The phone is fast. Web browsing is smooth. Camera is great. I can tell you lots of positive things. Didn't I have any difficulties? Of course I did. For example, if you are texting, you can't see how many characters left. I can't save people on phone or sim. Maybe I couldn't find them. It is not easy to delete people. It doesn't have a video call option. I think it is the biggest deficiency. My overall opinion is that I like my phone. I used an android phone for 5 years, it may not be used as easy as an android but I don't think I will change my phone for a long time.
What a waste of good hardware running on that granny OS..
When are you gonna make a phone that runst the REAL windows?
I want to run .exe files on my phone. Only then WM will bear Android or iOS.
Price not matching with the features, rejected by most of the smartphone shoppers.
I replaced the back cover with more premium Mozo leather and metal back and now I'm a happy panda..:)
But I've to agree that Microsoft needs to reduce the price of this phone because very soon HP is gonna release its own Snapdragon 820 powered Windows 10 flagship phone HP Elite X3 which is way more powerful than 950 XL, and if rumors are true it gonna be priced $600.
There are lots of Lumia 1520 users who will happily upgrade to that phone instead of 950 XL because it feels closer to 1520, is more powerful, packs more bang for buck and is made by a brand which is almost as dependable as Microsoft. If you are a Corporate buyer then HP throws in special discounts too. Microsoft needs to do something or Lumia series is doomed.
rocky, 28 Feb 2016Guys plssss tel me 950xl ... is it better than iphone 6s ????Depends on what is important for you as a user(battery, offline maps, no additional costs of you're runnig a business with more employees and using ms server +excel etc) In general the answer is :no, 950xl is not better. Ios and its devices are setting the trends. Microsoft is following , trying to implement some new features ( eye scan,continuum). As I'm using both devices plus android based edge 6 , iphone with it's support and apps is on the top now. NOW is a relative period of time:-)
Anonymous, 24 Feb 2016I agree with you!!
This phone should be taken off the market and be fixed!!
my phone doesn... moreI totally agree with you. this phone is REALLY not worth the money and shouldn't even be put on sale, and Windows 10 Mobile should have not been released either.
Come On Microsoft..... !
Please Let us have high quality build devices with metals and Updated Hardware.... !
how do you impress other platform users with this cheap build and looks of your devices ?
at least don't use those hardware and specs which are so near to get of already out dated... :/
we want to see Microsoft 1 step further then other platforms.... but Microsoft is doing all opposite... :|
Natt, 25 Feb 2016In Thiland not easy to buy, No shop No Seller
I too much need it, I am not MS fan, but I like... moreJaymart, TG Fone, IT city, Banana IT
but not all branch
Or buy online with thier online shop. 23,300 THB
In Thiland not easy to buy, No shop No Seller
I too much need it, I am not MS fan, but I like it.....
spike, 18 Feb 2016950 xl is the WORST mobile I've ever used. Nothing works well. Not one Microsoft app works pro... moreI agree with you!!
This phone should be taken off the market and be fixed!!
my phone doesn't adjust incoming photos,they are repressed to very small picture ,
tried everything!! nothing is working!!
please take that phone of the market today!!!!!!!!!
love, 13 Feb 2016Exactly people are just here arguing about other Phones and not even saying their experience a... moreIt is a weak iam using this phone. So far I am happy. Only one challenge is the battery backup. Hope Microsoft will rectify in coming updates
I am actually not a windows fan but my friend told me about the phone and i just bought it this week the phone is cool the camera is like the best and it is so beautiful and leather back covers are available too. Not like apple u dont have waste that soo much money.it is worth buying the phone.windows 10 is working faast and there is no complain about this one.phone is charging very fast and i could use it for 3 days without the chrging thanks microsoft for this awsome phone.this phone made me like lumia