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  1. Captpt's Avatar
    Damn, played with the 950 today at my AT&T store to help my anxiousness waiting on my 950XL and thought i just couldn't find the double tap setting.. crap, how can they leave that out???
    I hope they're listening to us and include it in the first update!!!
    HELLO.....
    11-21-2015 11:48 PM
  2. YashHarf's Avatar
    Got my 950 in via FedEx tonight, purchased through AT&T. A brief phone history so you know where I'm coming from. I started my smartphone addiction with the iPhone 3G, the year after it came out. Kept it for a year and then upgraded to the iPhone 4 at launch. A year later, I moved to Windows 7.5 with
    the Samsung Focus S. A year later I moved to Windows 8 with the Lumia 920. A year later I got tired of everybody at work playing games with each other that I did not have access to, so I went back to with the iPhone 5s. Two years later, I'm back in on Windows. I decided to come back to Windows Phone because I just really was tired of the drab, boring iOS look. I also realized over the past couple of years that I simply do not use many apps at all. Any that I did use, I could do without.
    At unboxing:
    *.Version: 1511
    *.OS build: 10.0.10586.0
    *.Firmware revision number: 01078.00017.15454.29031
    *.Hardware revision number: 2.1.3.2
    *.4.33GB used out of 29.1GB available out of the box. 4.62GB used after updating all pre-installed apps.
    *.Came charged at 63% battery.
    *.No updates available currently.

    It actually saw that I had a backup available from my 920, but I'm a huge fan of configuring new phones from scratch. Plus, it was a 2+ year old backup and who knows what it would've tried to do. The free space available I listed above is from a fresh setup, I've installed/added nothing so far.
    First impressions of the hardware is that I like it quite a bit. I was scared it would feel cheap after using my 5s for the past couple of years but so far, I'm not getting that feeling. It's got a nice weight to it, not too heavy, not too light. The buttons on the side feel fine, not "chintzy" like others have described
    them, IMO. They're nothing special, they're buttons. The screen is fantastic, I'm glad to be back to OLED but it did make me realize the 5s screen was no slouch. Nonetheless, the screen is great, it's what I expected and I'm happy with it. Brightness looks good to me, I'm one to set a static brightness level instead of letting it control it, and 70% is about where I want to be with it. I'll get more a feel for it once I use it over the next couple of days.
    As for the size, I picked the 950 because I just didn't want the size of a 950XL. The 950 as-is already feels like it's pushing what size of phone I want, but I've found
    it pretty good so far. I'm 6'4" with normal hands for this size, and I can reach almost everything with my thumb without having to readjust the phone in my hand. One thing I really like about this phone is the squared-ish edges. Makes it far easier to hold onto. My wife has the iPhone 6 and after handling it multiple times, I would NEVER buy it because it's too rounded and slippery. I am not a case kind of guy so that phone is simply unusable to me.
    As for the software side, I have not used any Windows Phone software since the 920, not even the preview builds of W10, so this is all new to me. So far, just with
    the setup and going through all options and configuring what I want, I've only encountered one minor bug. In the main settings screen, I tried searching for a setting and when selecting the result, it "crashed" back to the start screen. Went right back in and had no further issues. The OS as a whole is very responsive. The only lag I've encountered (and I can replicate) is going into the colors settings. It seems to take a couple of seconds to load for some reason.
    Random other notes:
    *.I configured my work email and calendar, no issues. Just glancing at the Outlook Mail and Calendar built-in apps, I think I'll like them just fine. I had been using the Outlook app on iOS and it is, IMO, the epitome of mobile email clients.
    *.I configured Windows Hello and WOW am I impressed. I have gotten quite used to the fingerprint scanner on my 5s, which works brilliantly IMO. With Hello, I was pessimistic about its ability to log you in quickly enough to make it worthwhile. I can say that is no longer a concern of mine, I am very impressed with how quickly it can identify and log you in. If you hit the lock button to wake up the phone with the scanner already pointed at your face, it's easily no more than 2 seconds. Using the fingerprint on the 5s is quicker to unlock that particular phone but the difference is not going to be a problem for me. The only real disadvantage I see now with Hello is that you have to actually pick up the phone and look at it if you want to use it. I've become accustomed to unlocking with my finger with my 5s laying flat on my desk, so that's a small change for me.
    *.Loaded a couple of pages in Edge...nothing exciting to report, it's a browser. It didn't do anything to make me happy or mad, it just loaded the page like I wanted it to. :)
    *.Loving the ability to increase the DPI. It really opens up the screen and makes it immensely more useful for what I use a phone for (email, messaging).
    *.I only snapped a couple of test pictures with the camera, nothing to judge quality on. I normally shoot photos with my D7100 but will use the camera on my phone for more casual settings. I'm impressed with the built-in options to adjust exposure, shutter speed and ISO, but see no aperture options. Maybe that's not normal on phone cameras, I don't know.
    *.Glance is pretty cool. I've configured it to stay on at all times, however I'm unsure if that's a battery drain or not. It will take a couple of weeks to get a fill for how the battery performs.
    *.This is my first time actually using Cortana and so far, so good. I had her learn my voice and had zero issues, nailed everything on the first try.

    Overall, so far, I'm super happy with this phone in the very early stages. After I purchased it a couple nights ago, I had a slight feeling of buyer's remorse only because I was going into the unknown. That's gone completely now and I'm looking forward to diving into everything I don't have time to do tonight. I know others have already answered lots of questions but let me know if I can help in any way.
    EDIT 1
    - The 950 works beautifully with the DT-910 wireless charger. I bought one when they were on clearance at the Microsoft store for $20 a month ago. I
    had one of these with my 920 and sorely missed it, so happy to have this sitting on my desk again. :)
    EDIT 2
    - At work this morning showing off the phone, and Hello didn't work. Once I did the "Improve Recognition" option, it worked perfectly again. I expect to do this a few times to work out multiple lighting conditions, which is no big deal.
    EDIT 3
    - Tried Hello again in my car during lunch, just because I can. It is very sunny this afternoon with no direct light on the phone or my face, however it wouldn't log me in. I then tried again to "Improve
    Recognition" but it couldn't "find" my eyes. So apparently on a bright sunny day in the shade, it won't work (for now).
    EDIT 4
    - Connected to my 2013 Ford Escape MyTouch system via Bluetooth. No sync issues. Track information when playing my OneDrive cloud music through the Groove app is shown on the display. I have not made any calls yet but so far, no different between the 950 and the 5s before it.
    EDIT 5
    - I decided to disable Windows Hello. It needs to be too close to my face to work, which I don't care for. Even though
    I'm impressed with how quick it works, it just doesn't feel practical to me. I'll revisit it down the road to see if I change my mind.
    - I'm really impressed at the speed of charge, at least through the wall adapter that's included. I let the battery run all the way down until the phone turned itself off (seemed to be at about 5%, it didn't go to 0%). I then plugged it in and about 15-20 minutes later, it was charged up to 50%. Another 60-90 minutes later, it was at 100%.
    - I'm starting to run into a LOT more bugs in the OS, which is disheartening. These basically take the form of
    programs crashing or not responding for more than a few seconds, causing frustration. The biggest thing that pissed me off this morning was that I wanted to take a picture of my daughter and text it to my wife (she's out of town). First thing I found odd is that I can't take a picture to attach from within the messaging app, I can only select ones I've already taken. OK, no big deal, I'll handle.
    So I open the camera app, take my picture, then go back into messaging. I select the option to attach a picture and when it brings up my local and OneDrive pictures, I tried to select the one I had just taken. It wouldn't select. The whole
    thing started acting stupid. I'd press the little box to select the picture and it'd collapse the whole row, or select all the pictures, or do nothing, or make the page scroll. It was the craziest thing I'd ever seen. I backed up, close the apps, tried again. Same thing. Once again, closed the apps and went back in, had some initial problems still but it finally selected just the picture I wanted and let me send it. WTF...I was very frustrated with that experience.
    EDIT 6
    - Some sample, full-size pics straight from the phone. The only thing turned off is "capture living images", everything
    else is set to auto. Hopefully imgur retained the exif, I didn't check.
    - http://i.imgur.com/w6qSUSx.jpg
    - http://i.imgur.com/GsYV314.jpg
    - http://i.imgur.com/0ROh5aM.jpg
    - I'm more impressed with closer shots than anything landscape so far. As I said earlier, the bokeh is distracting and just plain looks weird a lot of times. For what's in focus, the detail looks pretty good. All in all, I'm happy with the camera, it's not going to replace my DSLR and is perfect for what it is, a quick point-and-shoot that I have everywhere I go.
    11-22-2015 04:17 PM
  3. Manmikey's Avatar


    My one thing I dont like is the Heat. The phone gets hot if you try to use it on a charger and after a long time using it. My 640 never got hot! ever! This phone got so hot, if I had an STD, I could smoke the crabs out of my crotch! And probably snack on them too if I had some old bay seasoning. But then I realized thats the genius of microsoft. They not only nourish my technological needs , but my physical needs too! Microsoft knows I need to eat. I now have a phone and a crab smoker! Now how darn cool is that!!?
    LOL that made my day!
    11-23-2015 04:19 AM
  4. Jeff Merritt1's Avatar
    Battery life is whimsical at best. Hopefully it balances out. I'll write out a full review later today or tomorrow.
    Last edited by Jeff Merritt1; 11-23-2015 at 06:54 AM.
    11-23-2015 06:44 AM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I tried to quote your post, but it was waaay too long lol.

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    11-23-2015 11:32 AM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I always desktop browser the site from my phones... Just sayin'. I forget there are Apps out there and that people use them. So, yet another reason why I don't want a limited function App to do what the website does in 100% compliance.
    11-23-2015 12:02 PM
  7. el_mono70's Avatar
    Received mine last week. Overall, I really like the phone...
    Initial impression upon opening the box it that it is rather bland. Uninspired in design. Yet after putting everything together I found that I like the design. And in my most humble opinion it doesn't feel cheap at all. I like the look and feel, it just doesn't make a great first impression. I think the lack of a home button/fingerprint scanner leaves the front looking empty.
    The initial set up process still essentially WP in appearance. Hopefully that gets cleaned up soon.
    For the most part apps are running well for me. Fitbit is a bit slow. Outlook I love, especially the dark gray theme. When I switch to my Galaxy S6 I miss it so much. I prefer MS maps to Google for some reason, the navigation feature in particular. Strangely when opening a picture on OneDrive the onscreen buttons disappear. A bit of a problem. Overall m I really like the look and feel of W10M. It may not be what everyone likes but I prefer the hamburger menu to all the swiping. And have grown tired of the massive font in WP.
    The screen is stunning. Just like the screen in my GS6. I did have an issue with pinkish blush on my GS6 and my gf's Note 4. But this screen is very good, like my older GS4's screen. I love Samsung's AMOLED screens.
    Battery life is good. Moderate use and I have no problem getting through the day.
    I did have a strange issue yesterday. I lost the cell signal. Had to turn phone off and on to restore. Hope it doesn't happen again.
    In short, I love this phone and, at least for the moment, prefer it to my GS6 with Lollipop (which I'm also a big fan of).
    El Mono
    Forgot to mention Windows Hello. Amazing. I never really liked fingerprint scanners.
    11-23-2015 03:02 PM
  8. Skyway's Avatar
    I always desktop browser the site from my phones... Just sayin'. I forget there are Apps out there and that people use them. So, yet another reason why I don't want a limited function App to do what the website does in 100% compliance.
    I usually do too but it seems edge can't handle it as well as chrome. Man I wish I could get chrome on this phone. I don't even use or like edge on desktop, and that version works waaaay better. Oh well, I'm still very happy with this phone!
    11-23-2015 05:40 PM
  9. quincymac's Avatar
    I have had my 950 since Friday. My first reactions from initial use are:
    1) The OS is much more stable than I feared it might be. I had tried out several 10 builds on my 1020 and ran whimpering back to 8.1 because of all of the bugs. The improved hardware makes a huge difference, and the only bugs I am finding are slightly annoying as opposed to limiting in my daily use. Overall I like the performance; the integration with other Windows 10 devices (so far have upgraded a tablet and a laptop), while limited, is still great to see.
    2) The phone does get hot and burns battery life; but, as others have reported, it seems to be getting better over time as the synchronization with other windows 10 devices and other background tasks start to round out. That said, I clearly get less usage of the 950 on a full tank than I did with the 1020 in similar conditions.
    3) I like the camera. As a 1020 user, this was my biggest hesitation. I had more limited success with the 1020 in low light situations and was hoping that the 950 would be substantially better; but, I am still getting used to the triple flash...initial photos in low light have come back washed out (this is a powerful flash). I am hoping my increasing familiarity with it will improve the results. In natural light, the pictures have been fantastic.
    4) small things are still a little annoying (i.e., can't get MSN weather to actually post to Glance screen, even though it is an option in settings; inability to save pictures directly in cortana/bing search...have to go out to actual website and save from there, calendar notices on Glance/lockscreen always only show birthdays if that is active from your outlook/facebook account and not meetings from your exchange account). There are plenty more, and I am sure that some of them are user error/ignorance; but, it does feel like there are a lot of edges which haven't been rounded off. This isn't particularly shocking and, as stated before, I'm just thankful things are as stable as they are.

    Overall, I am happy with the purchase. The hardware itself is phenomenal, and the improved office software/integration with other devices is returning WP to a friendlier stance for those of us power users in the corporate community...a really welcome sight.

    Edit after increased use: Still happy with the phone; but, as one would expect, I have found a few more rough patches. The biggest amongst these is Bluetooth pairing. The device actually pairs with other devices quite easily (good thing); but, I find that connect to be really strained; especially noticeable on hands-free car pairing...really introduces a lot of static, even after multiple re-pairing. I know the Bluetooth stack is getting some attention in insider updates; but, so far no updates for 950 users.
    I am also disappointed that you can not search highlighted text through Cortana/Bing from Edge; if you highlight text and then hit the search soft key, all it does is come up with the main Cortana screen...small; but, annoying.
    Finally, the antenna stack also seems to be a bit buggy for me. I think the overall call quality of the phone is great; but, several times the signal will go to zero, and will never bounce back...I have to do a soft reset and the signal strength returns to LTE coverage...strange.
    overall, still a very good phone which is a good ways from being a complete package.
    Last edited by quincymac; 12-08-2015 at 07:28 AM. Reason: more info from additional use
    11-24-2015 07:20 AM
  10. MiloTheOne's Avatar
    I'll keep you guys and dolls updated.

    Okay so day 2 and battery has gotten better, 4 hours of use and it's gone from 100% to 72%. The phone is still getting warm but not as much as it was yesterday. I still have Hello on and I've been contently texting, tweeting and emailing. Also, I have brightness at a static 25%.

    I did an update to everything that was available in the store, There was a phone update available as well. I don't know if that helped but I see a difference since yesterdays use. I hope it just gets better.

    I'll keep you updated on anything else.
    Last edited by MiloTheOne; 11-25-2015 at 09:43 AM.
    11-24-2015 09:43 PM
  11. Skyway's Avatar
    I FINALLY received my lumia 950 today. Picked it up during my lunch break got back to work and set up the phone. Before I go on I have to say my first run through, the battery went from 40ish% to 0 in about 3 to 4 hours. That was between me getting familiar with the settings and provisioning everything.

    The phone took 45 mins to charge to max. I think the system needs to read the battery and measure the charge that it can hold. It's been over 4 hours and I have 50% I am still provisioning the settings so I'll update on the battery.

    For the settings I turned off glance, I don't need it. Notifications are set to necessary apps. I'm using Hello and it works good, open your eyes and click improve Hello. I did that 3 times and it has read everytime.

    The phone is FAST and the pictures, omg amazing quality. So far I love everything I've experienced. I left android and I'm not regretting it one bit. Apps aren't as bad as people say, if you don't have money to spend on apps then I can see why it can be limiting. I don't have snap chat but it's coming soon (not important, I use my phone for work).

    I'll keep you guys and dolls updated. On another note, my wife wants my phone... I thinks it's the colored tiles. 😂 😂 😂
    Hello works flawlessly for me and I love it, but battery life is leagues better with it off. I turned it off for the day and I was pleasantly surprised at how little the battery life depleted under normal use. Sucks because Hello is a feature that really separates this phone from the rest of the pack, maybe when it leaves beta it will be better on the battery.
    11-24-2015 10:06 PM
  12. MiloTheOne's Avatar
    Hello works flawlessly for me and I love it, but battery life is leagues better with it off. I turned it off for the day and I was pleasantly surprised at how little the battery life depleted under normal use. Sucks because Hello is a feature that really separates this phone from the rest of the pack, maybe when it leaves beta it will be better on the battery.
    So you have glance on? I noticed better results with ir turned off.
    11-24-2015 11:55 PM
  13. MiloTheOne's Avatar
    I FINALLY received my lumia 950 today. Picked it up during my lunch break got back to work and set up the phone. Before I go on I have to say my first run through, the battery went from 40ish% to 0 in about 3 to 4 hours. That was between me getting familiar with the settings and provisioning everything.

    The phone took 45 mins to charge to max. I think the system needs to read the battery and measure the charge that it can hold. It's been over 4 hours and I have 50% I am still provisioning the settings so I'll update on the battery.

    For the settings I turned off glance, I don't need it. Notifications are set to necessary apps. I'm using Hello and it works good, open your eyes and click improve Hello. I did that 3 times and it has read everytime.

    The phone is FAST and the pictures, omg amazing quality. So far I love everything I've experienced. I left android and I'm not regretting it one bit. Apps aren't as bad as people say, if you don't have money to spend on apps then I can see why it can be limiting. I don't have snap chat but it's coming soon (not important, I use my phone for work).

    I'll keep you guys and dolls updated. On another note, my wife wants my phone... I thinks it's the colored tiles. 😂 😂 😂
    I'll keep you guys and dolls updated.

    Okay so day 2 and battery has gotten better, 4 hours of use and it's gone from 100% to 72%. The phone is still getting warm but not as much as it was yesterday. I still have Hello on and I've been contently texting, tweeting and emailing. Also, I have brightness at a static 25%.

    I did an update to everything that was available in the store, There was a phone update available as well. I don't know if that helped but I see a difference since yesterdays use. I hope it just gets better.

    I'll keep you updated on anything else.
    Last edited by MiloTheOne; 11-25-2015 at 09:48 AM.
    11-25-2015 09:30 AM
  14. ZuLuuuuuu's Avatar
    Damn, played with the 950 today at my AT&T store to help my anxiousness waiting on my 950XL and thought i just couldn't find the double tap setting.. crap, how can they leave that out???
    I hope they're listening to us and include it in the first update!!!
    HELLO.....
    I just can't believe they left this out. I am using double tap to wake to wake my phone for 3 years, I am so used to it and can't think about not having it, especially on a Lumia! I am not optimistic that it will be included with an update, they would have said something about it. I think it is related to hardware and will never come just like Glance screen not coming to 930. I hope I am wrong.
    11-27-2015 12:13 PM
  15. xandros9's Avatar
    I'm pretty confident DTTW will appear again someday and probably didn't make the cut in what I imagine was a rush to make the phone shippable.
    11-27-2015 10:25 PM
  16. nyrnd's Avatar
    I have read a number of reviews and find people extremely critical of Microsoft products while able to easily overlook shortfalls for Apple products. Very interesting. Anyway, i have set up my 950 and here is my review.
    I changed carriers for the 950. This turned out to be very easy with AT&T. Lots of help and care. They were not technically astute to the 950 but i hope over time they will be. Having backed up all my settings on my HTC within minutes i was ready with my apps and more on the 950. I received texts almost immediately. My suggestion is to make sure you have everything backed up and have done all your homework before activating your line. It made my time there quick.
    They did not have white which i wanted but i didn't see an issue since i can replace the covers. After leaving the store i set up the Bluetooth in my car which uses Microsoft sync. Simple. In addition to ease of set up i found that the sound is much better from the 950 to my care and messaging is outstanding on it via hands free. This was an unexpected nice perk. Being a cold day when i was out of the car i found the ease of Windows Hello with my gloves on was a productivity improvement. Couple that with Cortana and i was very productive outside. The screen was easy to see.
    Phone quality is very good. Just a bit tin sound but easy to speak and hear. No problem holding to my ear.
    Photos are very good and a highlight. Processing time is a bit frustrating as it is longer than i would like. In order to see my photos i have to tap the upper left and leave the camera screen to go to my roll where i can see all my pics and do some editing. Wish it was on one screen.
    I set up Skype and find it a bit confusing and complex. I would have expected it would have just worked in my phone, messaging and stand alone. Unless i did it wrong i would tell you i had to spend a lot more time then i planned on this. It now works.
    Battery time in the beginning was poor. Now i would say it is good and i get a full day out of a charge. The glance screen with calendar,, mail and time/date is really nice.
    The price is high. $600 at AT&T is more than i expect for this phone. I think it is about $100 too much but i really wanted it.
    There have been very few software bugs in it. One reboot and once i had to shut down and restart. That was in the first 24 hours . Over the last 6 days, none of that.
    I think MS is really on the right track here. There are lots of things better than my wifes iPhone and of course the software is much better than Android (my opinion).
    I am looking forward to the Surface Phone in another year or so (rumor has it). In the meantime i am pleasantly happy with the 950. MS you need to keep this updated and provide continued support for it until your next phones are available.
    Yes, i need to mention apps. Many times i have to use my wifes iPhone for certain apps that are not available on Windows phones. My hope is universal apps will alleviate some of this. Its not a tremendous amount of apps but a frustrating core number that i would like to use but aren't available. I have found that by looking for apps in more detail i have found some pretty good third party apps but this is my most frustrating issue with windows phones.
    11-28-2015 08:14 AM
  17. sloppy standard's Avatar
    Does this mean HERE no longer exists?
    11-29-2015 05:24 AM
  18. SillyFlamingo's Avatar
    Does this mean HERE no longer exists?
    I have the same question. Having a free, full navigation-software (= "Here") on my 920 is great. The maps-app i see on my just bought surface pro 4 - yeah, i love it - is no sbstitute.
    11-29-2015 07:26 AM
  19. uw's Avatar
    i believe the HERE map is built in, but they don't call it HERE anymore. I can still download maps for offline use.
    11-30-2015 02:05 PM
  20. oldpueblo's Avatar
    Yeah if you scroll down to the bottom of the map settings, you'll see it references HERE as a source. You can also choose multiple routes as usual, etc.
    11-30-2015 03:12 PM
  21. ACF1's Avatar
    i believe the HERE map is built in, but they don't call it HERE anymore. I can still download maps for offline use.
    I believe HERE was the app and the map data both. Windows uses its own app (not Here app) but uses HERE's map data.
    11-30-2015 03:31 PM
  22. William Sanderson's Avatar
    To begin, as my title shows I am a Tech Person through out. I am the Administrator for a School District's Network, Systems and devices.

    I wouldn't buy something if I didn't think it would work and that leads me to my Lumia 830 purchase over a year ago. Once I upgraded the 830 to windows 10 pre-release in the spring I went right back to windows 8.1 and stuck with it until late summer. I then went back to Windows 10 pre-release and stuck with it ever since. It was running my work apps and my personal apps without issues and the maps were much improved over the earlier version. I had already been studying the information on the 950 even before it was called a 950. Waiting for the release of the 950 I knew I would purchase it with windows 10 on it when it was announced.

    Now that I have had the 950 for almost 5 days now(the 830 went to the wife with Windows 10 pre-release) I must say that battery life is quite impressive and the overall operation of the phone is smooth. Edge browser needs some tweaking as it is a little glitchy with web pages showing some stubbornness to appear. But, this is not a distraction from the use of the browser. Everything for work is running perfect on it and all my personal apps are running without any obvious problems. Windows Hello is a bit stubborn at recognizing me at times in different lighting, but as I continue to improve the recognition it improves. As far the uploading of camera shots, they appear on my One Drive almost immediately. Of course the camera is outstanding without much adjusting of iris, aperture or lighting. I have taken several shot in low lighting and the camera adjusts the image and the pictures are presented in a very true lighting. Of course the adjustment of the lighting allows you to bring up the brightness nicely. It takes amazing pictures, hands down!

    I was a long standing android user before and had several Samsung and HTC phones. I know several people with the new Samsung S6 and the iPhone 6s. I would put the 950 up against either of them for photo shots any time. The Windows 10 interface will improve with the updates over time and give users a better experience with Hello, File Manager and Edge Browser. Like any Microsoft Windows product it will take some time before it is running without glitches. But for me as a picky Tech person, it is doing the job quite well.

    The maps are working very well with the latest update. If you are having trouble then go to the store and run the update and you will see great improvements with the Maps app.

    The fact is not everyone will be happy with a Windows Operating system on a phone as they prefer the iOS look of things. Personally I like Windows and like the platform to be more fluent across my devices.
    A note about Android, my last device got a virus through one of the apps. It took all kinds of work to rid the phone of the thing and lots of my time.
    Knowing that Microsoft will keep up on the Store Apps and updating the Windows 10 Mobile operating system helps me to feel more secure about running apps on my 950. I realize that nothing is perfect, however I have yet to have a virus on any of my devices running Windows 10 including the Pre-Release version.

    I do not see Microsoft abandoning the Mobile Operating System and they will be making it more appealing to the business crowd.

    Note added 12-1-15: I will try out visual voicemail today sometime. For those having heat issues, mine disappeared after first two days of phone getting updates and settling in. The phone synced up just fine with my Ford Focus Sync and all options, voice text, calls and audio navigation are working.

    p.s. The wife is happy with her Windows 10 phone...this is good!
    Last edited by William Sanderson; 12-01-2015 at 08:10 AM. Reason: Spelling and additional notes added.
    11-30-2015 07:19 PM
  23. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    I picked up my black 950 on Saturday afternoon. It replaced my black 920 (that I ran W10M on, so the new UI stuff was familiar, even if I'm not crazy about it), which I picked up at launch on AT&T 3+ years ago (November 9, 2012). Setting it up was a pain. AT&T WiFi wouldn't work, so I had to set it up without my account, which meant having to do a factory reset when I got onto my cousin's WiFi. It then wouldn't let me sign in to my MS account, meaning ANOTHER factory reset. It finally worked the third time, then I had to update 50 apps...yikes. Anyway, after about 2.5 days, here are some things I've experienced with my 950:

    Cons (starting with them so the post ends on a high note, haha!):

    --Finding a good case will be tough. I wanted to get something in orange, but there are only a couple of orange options, and they suck. I wish Amzer's Pudding case were available in different colors. I'd prefer a simple gel or silicon case, as I just want a bit more grip.
    --No double-tap to wake blows. I still find myself trying to do it every so often. I miss it and hope it returns.
    --Super-sensitive touch's absence is also lame. I didn't care TOO much for it, but losing features is never a positive.
    --The rear speaker is pretty poor, as is its placement. I guess the thinness of the phone dictated the rear location, but it pushes no bass (I listen to music through it quite a bit in the car, as my audio input has malfunctioned). The speaker's loud, but music quality is much worse than my 920. The volume level can be really inconsistent, though. Listening to a song, the loudness can rise and fall a few times in a song, it's weird.
    --Using the same earphones from my 920 to the 950 (some cheap Skullcandy ones, as my luck with them is too bad to warrant a big-dollar investment), the audio is again inferior. It's not terrible, but not all that good. The equalizer interface is also strangely compact. I think it's on the same +/- 12 scale as the 920's, but they made it a lot shorter, and it throws me off.
    --Windows Hello was a disaster. I set it up with my glasses off fine. I tried to add more images after that. The dark image was fine. Glasses on, it wasn't happening. I tried probably 5 times over 10 minutes to get it to see my eyes with my glasses on, to no avail. I went ahead and tried unlocking it with my glasses on. It was fine once, then the next 3-5 tries were failures, so I just turned the thing off (I never use a PIN anyway, so it's not a real loss for me).
    --The camera (which I haven't gotten to use much) seems inconsistent with its focus. IDK if it was the reflection of the clear plastic, but I tried to take a picture of my new microSDXC card that came in the mail, and the camera's auto-focus refused to look at it properly. The cardboard, it focused on fine.
    --Like I said, I'm used to W10M, but I still feel obligated to comment on its negatives. I abhor the pop-out menu setup. I also think putting the menu buttons in the upper-left is ignorant, since that's the hardest corner to reach. Since the first two phones out have large screens, this makes one-handed use on the 950 and XL troublesome (this from a guy with reasonably large hands--even as a kid, I liked the size of the original Xbox "Duke" controllers). I'm also irritated that the Store tile doesn't display pending updates. I don't let things update automatically (I like to see that changes are happening first), but I never know when I have updates because the tile never tells me. Lastly, I miss Xbox Music's lockscreen integration, and Groove Music from my 920 to my 950 has lost track of a lot of images.
    --Last negative point, I think, is the lack of a proper syncing app. Drag-and-drop is a horrible way to handle music for a phone. I have 600+ albums in my personal music library (I don't use streaming). I don't like to sync every song, not every song on every album is something I want to listen to. So, I made artist-specific playlists. On Windows 8.1, I could plug my phone in and use the Windows Phone app. I'd select that I wanted to add a playlist, and the app would then pull all of the tracks in that playlist to the phone. Drag-and-drop doesn't do that, and the new "Companion App" doesn't handle music. So, I'm left to manually curate 600+ albums, or (my current solution) I have to carry a bunch of tracks I don't want to.

    Pros:

    --The size is nice. It might be a tad too wide for my pocket with a case, but I like it so far. People seem to praise thinness and being lightweight, and this fits both well. I'd probably actually like a little more weight and thickness, I always feel devices like this will be brittle, but that's mostly paranoia.
    --Glance is brighter than my 920, a very welcome change. I don't have to pick up my phone to see the display, it's plenty bright with Glance.
    --The chassis seems to protrude a TINY bit from the display, which should allow it to be placed face-down without fear of scratches. I like that, as it allows me to place the phone face-down at night, so notifications aren't turning on the display for nothing.
    --The display's great. I don't know why people said it was dim, it's blinding at 50% at night, with the lights off (I use auto-brightness, but wanted to get a look). It also seems to have less friction than my 920's display (maybe because of the 920's age and use), so scrolling and swipe-based texting is very smooth and pleasant.
    --microSD support is great. My 128-GB card showed up a day early, luckily. I'm big on a using my local library (hate streaming's lower-quality options, required Internet connection, and cost), and storage became a problem on the 32-GB 920 I had pretty quickly. Throw in 4K video and 16-MP images with the 950, and 32 GB wasn't going to be anywhere close to enough space.
    --I'm in the process of throwing 48 GB of music onto the phone, so count USB 3.0 among the positives as well.
    --The phone is definitely cooler than my 920, which could cook an egg on LTE and GPS.
    --Battery life is also solid. Where my 920 could quote itself at about 8 hours on LTE, the 950 is north of 20 hours while on LTE and doing stuff. It cam rate north of 30 hours when not too busy as well, where as a good day for my 920 was 15 hours. It was at 6% after just sitting face-down after about 24 hours at home, after switching to my 950.

    I might find more mentions later, especially if I find a chance to use the camera (Illinois with bad weather and constant rain isn't ideal). I also need to snag a Display Dock and give that a whirl. I think that's got amazing potential as a work tool, pairing OneDrive, Office Online (from my desktop), and Office on my phone with the Dock.
    12-01-2015 12:10 AM
  24. William Sanderson's Avatar
    I have the same question. Having a free, full navigation-software (= "Here") on my 920 is great. The maps-app i see on my just bought surface pro 4 - yeah, i love it - is no sbstitute.
    Voice Navigation works with the new Maps app that replaced Here Maps. Tested and true.
    12-01-2015 08:12 AM
  25. vhl71's Avatar
    Bought the unlocked Lumia 950 from MS store on Friday. Been using it since then. My impressions so far

    Love the screen, size, live tiles and the overall look of the phone.
    Initially I was still missing the standard bb10 features as I come from blackberry, but I'm getting used to the OS now and liking it.
    Battery has gotten better over the last 2 days it almost lasts about 12-13 hours of moderate to heavy use.

    Major issues so far:

    Compared to the bb10 keyboard the prediction is a bit too slow. When I type fast, the predictions dont appear quick enough so I can correct the words as I type in.

    No all mails view - it's a major issue

    No push for iCloud emails

    No print app for hp- the aio app doesn't work.

    Html emails with images dont show in Outlook. This was so much better on BlackBerry

    That's my review so far. Initially I thought I might return the phone by now, but now I'm beginning to like it more. So I might end up keeping it.





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