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Review: Microsoft Lumia 950

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I gotta admit it, I'm a bit disappointed with the Lumia 950. I know Microsoft could have made a better phone. It distinctly feels like Microsoft cut corners in creating this handset and purposely gimped it with a boring, non-descript design and cheap materials. There's plenty to like, but the overall value is not compelling. For a $600 smartphone, I expected a whole lot more from the Lumia 950.

The screen is the phone's best feature, as far as the hardware is concerned. It's simply beautiful. The signal, call, and battery performance all land in the middle of the bell curve. The Lumia 950 is a bit buggy, but that should improve over time. The camera competes with the best of today's flagships. The 950's best feature — Continuum — pushes the price to a whopping $700.

I genuinely like Windows 10 Mobile and think it's the best mobile operating system to come from Microsoft. Even with universal apps helping pad the Microsoft Store, however, the Lumia 950 doesn't have nearly the selection of apps available that competing phones do.

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Microsoft needs a hero handset to convince consumers that Windows 10 is a worthy investment. The Lumia 950 is not that device.

I'd only recommend this phone to Windows die-hards.

Our Ratings

3
Overall
4
Reception
3
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
5
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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