Lumia 950 and 950 XL Review – declaration of love to the fans





The Lumia 950 is among the first generation of devices with Windows Mobile 10. Windows on smartphones is struggling with the problems that for years, namely that many people are not familiar with and that many important apps are missing or significantly lagging behind iOS and Android. Who does not participate with them and lover of Windows Phone, has the 950 a good choice, with an excellent screen, a very good camera and the necessary innovative features, such as the infrared scanner and Continuum, which allows the phone with additional hardware can serve and desktop. Biggest drawback is the battery life, which is simply substandard. As one of the few high-end phones, the 950 expandable memory and a removable battery, and these are absolutely two big pluses.

Expandable memory and removable battery
Excellent screen
Good camera


Battery life is disappointing
Software contains major bugs

Final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 8,5
Price at time of publication: € 570, –
Available from: € 549.99
Tested version: Microsoft Lumia 950 Black

Who the success of a manufacturer Measured against the number of innovations that have been acquired by competitors, may conclude that the Lumia series, ever, Nokia and now Microsoft is a huge hit. Glimpses we see in Android as Ambient Display, Living Statues sit as Live Photos in the iPhone 6s, oversampling in cameras like the Lumia 1020, is also on many recent, expensive Sony Xperia handsets and glove mode from the screen Lumia 920 we now found in many smartphones back. In this way we could go on and on.

That’s a fancy way of measuring success, but many people will be more successful measure of market share or sales. At that level, the situation is less rosy. Although Microsoft five years ago came with Windows Phone 7 and three years ago with Windows Phone 8, it still has not broken pots. However, many competitors, such as webOS, BlackBerry OS and Symbian, marginalized or disappeared, but the duo Android and iOS is still by far.

Windows Phone, and now Windows 10 Mobile, so does not have the hundreds of millions of users who have the two most popular platforms, but users are generally keen on their devices. Now Microsoft many of its services and deliver apps for Android and iOS, the answer to the question for which Microsoft has made these devices: for the fans. And that turns out everything. Partly for this reason it is not particularly useful to compare the Lumia 950 with high-end devices with Android or iOS.

Of course we do that in the area of ​​screen or battery life, but only to show where he stands. People choose the year 2015 for an ecosystem and only then for an extension. The people who doubt the Lumia 950 also probably have a XL 950 or 930 on their list, but rarely an iPhone or Galaxy S6 6s. The Lumia 950 has to win other Windows Phones. Whether you like him better than S6 or 6s depends more on your mind about the ecosystem than the hardware, the camera, the screen or features.

Along with the review of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL is also the review of Windows Mobile 10 have gone online. In it we go deeper into the operating system as it is coming to Lumia of previous generations.


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