Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Hands-On Review

By on January 20, 2016 | 4:54 pm
Microsoft Lumia 950
January 20, 2016 | 4:54 pm

BuyBackWorld recently received Microsoft’s latest Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices. Officially released on November 20, 2015, the new smartphones are successors to the Nokia Lumia 930 and are the first to run Windows 10 Mobile. We’ve previously reviewed Nokia’s latest brass here on The Globile News, but this is our first time actually getting up close and personal to see what they can actually do for ourselves. Here’s what our Tech Team came up with:

The Microsoft Lumia 950 shown below features a 5.2” WQHD display, a modern Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 3000mAH battery advertising 18 hours of talk time.

Microsoft Lumia 950 frontMicrosoft Lumia 950 back camera view

The slightly larger Lumia 950 XL, with black and white color options, offers a 5.7″ WQHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3340mAH battery boasting 19 hours of talk.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL front screenMicrosoft Lumia 950 XL back camera

Both devices offer 20-megapixel cameras, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage expandable up to 200GB. Standout features include Cortana, Microsoft’s acclaimed personal voice assistant, and the new Edge web browser, which replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser.

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL comparison

In addition, the innovative Continuum feature debuts in Windows 10. Continuum allows connectivity to a larger display, such as a tablet or TV, using a dock or adapter. Owners can even connect a keyboard and mouse to mimic the PC experience. At the same time, making a call, receiving a text, or controlling the connected screen with your phone are all just a tap away.

But the Lumia 950 and 950 XL do not come without flaws. The new operating system is still imperfect, the apps department is lacking, and, although physically light, the plastic minimal design will not appeal to everyone, especially those accustomed to the sleeker Samsung S6 and iPhone 6S builds.

On the other hand, the new devices do offer beautiful displays, high quality cameras, improved software, and the promising Continuum technology. We’ll see if Microsoft’s latest project will be enough to bridge the gap between them and their Android and iOS powerhouse competitors.

The BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are a step in the right direction for Microsoft, offering enough to satisfy seasoned Windows enthusiasts. In the end, however, their appeal still isn’t strong enough to convert diehard Android and iOS users.


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