Review: Microsoft Lumia 950
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.
The Lumia 950 is Microsoft's flagship phone for Windows 10. It continues the Lumia line while showcasing the new, unified Windows 10.
Oct 6, 2015
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, its own flagship phones for its new OS, Windows 10. The phones support Windows Continuum for an optional full Windows Desktop experience when connected to a desktop monitor.
Nov 16, 2015
AT&T today said the Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphone will be available online Nov. 17 and in stores Nov.
Jun 21, 2016
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.
Sep 30, 2015
Microsoft revealed a few details about the unannounced Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones on its UK-based web site. The phones will be the first to ship with Windows 10 Mobile on board, Microsoft's new operating system.