I'm very surprised by this review. Till now, I was though that gsmarena make fair reviews, but after 950 and 950XL I'm not so sure anymore. Why?
1. Design flows - just mentioned, but in these days this is most of the time deal braker.
2. Limited app gap - not even mentioned and people from windows society still wait for Snapchat and lot of cool apps that are missing from the store. Not to mention the quality of current ones - Booking is just like website link.
3. Battery life is awful - another deal braker for most of the users.
4. Missing features like Panorama mode - in this days that every Chinese phone had it is at least strange.
5. Camera review - not sure for the conclusion - all other reviewers gave good, very good score, but no one give so high... will wait for dxomark to see their score.
I'm not against Lumia, in fact I've waited too long for this devices, but the design, not stable windows 10 and battery life broke my deal. Will stay with 930 for some time. With windows 8.1.
Amazing review as always but I have one question for GSMArena.
Why do you praise these phones so much but when you review other phones you never recommend windows phones???
nokialover, 08 Dec 2015Read any forum wpcentral to cnet etc etc all of them have given it a low score due to unfinish... moreWhere it is expensive. Other brands start price is about 100 up to 400$Â€ more. Also you can change back cover for it to be more premium, metallic/glassy look would also mean non-replacable battery. Also even without astoria/islandwood/centennial/westminster/Mpayment/Mpen/polishedOS/200GBsdcard-inside...that will come..... it is good price.
Read any forum wpcentral to cnet etc etc all of them have given it a low score due to unfinished OS, poor design, expensive cost, sad state of apps etc. Im surprised about this review and the comments below.
For instance, who wouldn't prefer carrying a sleek surface pro, tablet, ultrabook and connect to TV via normal miracast. Or will u really use continuum and carry a big keyboard mouse while u travel or go to meeting....
Once the hype of over, and virtually no resale....enjoy ur 950 and 950 xl....lol
Anonymous, 08 Dec 2015You know, I always thought that it would be an excruciating experience moving away from my bel... morehow much Microsoft paid u...just check any windows mobile forum and they are all hating it, due to an unfinished OS, and uninspiring design. Most of Microsoft services are available with more features on iOS and Android....
I will totaly buy it with snapdragon 820 since i`m planning on using continuum.810 with cooling is ok but 820 will be the real deal..oh well...maybe next year
Design-wise, it's a mixed bag. But once you go past that, you get something pretty amazing. And it will get better over time, hopefully.
Anonymous, 08 Dec 2015You know, I always thought that it would be an excruciating experience moving away from my bel... moreI'm considering doing the exact same thing as there is no decent successor to the note 3 that I have. Sure I could get the note 4 but I wouldn't be able to get it on contract and the note 5 is a downgrade due to no removable battery/Micro SD card slot.
Good to hear about your experience.
I'm still waiting Surface phone to emerge next year. The "Surface RT" mode in Lumia 950 Continuum desktop is so limited and even useless. Surface phone will clear the way to make a real Windows phone. And I'm definitely sure to buy a Surface Phone not a Lumia 950. Intel is involved in the Surface phone development, I wish Intel could bring a highly modified Skylake processor to Surface phone.
it has FM Radio, just put earphones on, and if you've experienced it, most of the phone before don't work with FM Radio without earphones on :)
Great device, Really a device that look futuristic and a phone that comes with features same as Desktop ..
Really loving this new windows 10 ....
It's a good step, but still missing a lot of things.
iPhone -> tap on my bank's app, scan my fingerprint, I am ready to do banking
Windows Phone -> no app, so go the mobile website, type in username/password.
I bought a new 950 xl on ebay last Saturday and its on its way here, and should be here the 9th with the cool case I bought for it. Super excited! :)
You know, I always thought that it would be an excruciating experience moving away from my beloved Samsung Galaxy Android smartphone to a Windows 10 Mobile. But after getting hacked, due to Android's notorious poor security model, and Samsung's poor update policy, I decided enough was enough. Windows Phone, with its trusted security model that it brings from the Desktop version of Windows, seemed like a leap of faith, but I took it.
When I purchased my Microsoft Lumia 950 phone, I was skeptical, as I had only ever used popular iPhones made by Apple and Android Phones made by Samsung. I was worried that perhaps there would not be enough applications for my productive workflow. But I was won over by the incredible build quality, to include the brilliant AMOLED screen. I was floored by the speed of the user interface -- no lag, unlike all of the buggy Android phones that I had used. And while the "live tiles" took some getting used to, I found that they were much more informative and helpful than antiquated icons found on the competition.
As for the application gap -- well, honestly, there isn't one. I am a professional, and I've found that all of the productive applications that I need, including Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Skydrive, are available on my Lumia 950. Indeed, this is a seemless experience that blends in with the beautiful Windows 10 Mobile interface. I have also found that most programs for which an application does not exist, will work perfectly using the new Edge browser, the newest mobile browser on the block. Such is the case with my bank, which works faster in Edge than any mobile application on Android.
To sum it up: It's been a few weeks now, and I'm thoroughly impressed. I bought the Microsoft Lumia 950XL (the larger version) for my spouse, and now all of my friends want to transition to the Microsoft ecosystem as well. It's no longer about "application count" but about productivity and workflow. I've found that Microsoft allows me to remain productive in ways that Android and the iPhone could not. Businesses all over the world have relied on Microsoft for their critical infrastructure for years ... now it's time for business professionals to trust in Microsoft for their mobile needs. Give it a try -- you just might be impressed!
This phone didn't have double to wake screen, ,, big mess from ms to not have feature
Much better than the 950. I'm fazed that it has such an accurate display, and the camera is no exception of being one of the best of 2015. Battery life is good, its nice the "liquid cooled" (or copper sink + heat pipe) makes the phone run at its optimal levels without throttling. Despite its lack of apps, I'd definitely recommend the 950XL to others.
For the life of me I can't understand why Microsoft can't port over games from the xbox 360