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
This was a very good review and I am happy that I made the decision to get the lumia 905 xl.
you can't call the phone expensive unless you are comparing it to last year phones or this years nexii
And so we see GSMArena carry on their love for Nokia onto Microsoft.
I can still remember, almost every last Nokia review brought tears in my eyes written on GSMArena, especially their last para.
Mine came with app pre installed! 604 euros with the dock included! :-)
Love this phone!!
it HAS FM radio. The app just isnt pre installed. Download an app and use it.
you also state on page 3 that it has... FM radio.
Also... $650 is not expensive compared to what samsung, sony and apple charges.
i returned the 950xl after 3 hours. he would not push refresh with exchange. the initial build up of the mailbox went fine but after that no more synchronising of the box. i synchronise with the office365.com server of microsoft. also after a couple of restarts (that often help with windows) still nothing.
Also a lot of the app i need in daily life : not available
AnonD-232545, 07 Dec 2015Please edit. It has FM Radio. It's just that the default application is not present on the dev... moreMy Lumia 950 XL (Dual Sim) has FM Radio out of the box (the app from windows 10). It needs headphones attached to work. But it works just fine.
Hmmmmmm that's tempting Specs look good an Continum sounds like a real winner for cutting my LapTop out of my Life [kinda]
Excellent review. I've been with Android since Froyo, and now getting bored with the cluttered OS. I'm jumping ships and pre-ordered the XL from Amazon UK. Roll on next week.☺
Q: How long it can record 4K in 30fps? Z5/P can do 53mins.(also cooled) Or is it possible that it will not stop recording / it ll stop and delete rec data? PLS do someone homework with this one.
Dodo, 07 Dec 2015One potential major issue is the lack of fingerprint scanner and the multiple user recognition... moreWhen they said they managed to "fool" it, they meant the constraint of a single user recognition. For a user to register their iris, they need you to unlock as well as provide a pin, nothing different from letting somebody else register their thumb, isn't it? And if a stranger has your pin, screw your thumb, you might as well poke it in your iris, your phone is open to them. So don't try to make it sound like a vulnerability when it isn't. A feature requirement, maybe.