10-06-2016, 04:19 PM #152
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I've been using my 950 for about 6 weeks now. I'm generally quite pleased.
The display is excellent, and it makes non-hardware buttons a non-issue, with a dark theme. I was expecting to hate this coming from a 1020. The screen size is great. Big enough to be very readable and show lots of any image or webpage, but not so big as to not fit in pockets or need two hands.
The phone runs the OS buttery smooth. I almost never see a "resuming..." screen, which was a constant on my 1020. That said, it comes with a price. The battery life is OK. Not as good as my 1020 in its prime, where it was easy to get 2 days. But 1 day is no sweat, even a day and a quarter. Either way, I always top it off when I have the chance, as I'm rarely without my laptop. It gets rather warm under load, but not hot. Fast charging is cool, but I tend to prefer USB C charging from my laptop, to strain the battery less and generate less heat.
The camera is excellent, and almost always beats my wife's iPhone 6. Comparing it to a friend's Galaxy Note 7, it seems about tied. It doesn't match my 1020 on landscape shots (very little does, maybe only iPhone 7 Plus), but for close-up family pictures it is way better due to speed. Burst mode is a godsend for fast-moving kids.
I adore the ability to expand storage and replace batteries. 32gb of storage was my main beef with the 1020 (in addition to speed of internals). I don't really get criticisms of the exterior aesthetics. I was dubious of the camera ring when I saw the previews, but I adore it now, as well as the shiny Windows logo. I have it in a clear TPU case and I always enjoy looking at it.
W10M is mostly a lot of fun to use. Microsoft's own apps are superior to their W8.1 counterparts. Facebook and Messenger finally have feature parity (if not speed parity) with their Android/iOS counterparts. Outlook Mail is superb. Settings is better. Edge is waaaaay better at rendering pages than IE on 8.1, and it still has reading mode, which I love. Unfortunately, there are still bugs (I'm on release preview). Sharing from News and other apps doesn't work to Facebook (FACEBOOK! The one thing people want to share to...) and require copy and paste workarounds for links. The notification screen just started sending me to the wrong email in the past day. So it's hit and miss. I love the constant updates, but they keep screwing up some of the very basics, which I never once had a problem with on 8.1.
Also, the W10M word flow keyboard sucks compared to 8.1. A real pain to use, since it only gets about 75% right/close. Grr...
Overall, I'm glad I waited until it was $300. I find myself wondering if things would have been different with a $399 street price on release.
Last edited by mweflen; 10-07-2016 at 10:28 AM.
- 12-04-2016, 01:11 PM #154
After about three months with the phone.... I'll go from the 'outside in'....
- Looks: Subjective of course, but I really like the way the phone looks. I've never been a fan of too much bling, so to me it's just good looking enough. As I've said numerous times, a lot of the people that complain about the bland looks and the 'plastic' back will drop their phones in a case anyway, at which point all you see is the screen and the case making the complaint completely irrelevant. So, I like the way it looks.
- Form factor: Just large enough for me. I came from a smaller phone and I think this is a good size for me. The 950XL felt a bit too big. Perhaps I will eventually get used to it and accept a larger phone, but for now it's perfect.
- Screen quality: Excellent. My friend took a beautiful shot of a watch and sent it to me so I could see it. We were sitting together and he was blown away by how much better my screen looked and how much further it zoomed. He had an iPhone.
- Signing in: I like the double-tap followed by the iris scan. I'm normally not that paranoid, but it feels nice knowing that nobody looking over my shoulder can see me type the pin to access the phone.
- Start screen: I love how I can arrange not just what to pin to the start page or where it goes, but also how large the tiles are. The live tiles with information I care about, such as emails and weather, get the large size, and the others get a medium or small size. The apps I use the least get put into folders according to function. Very nice.
- UI in general: Love it! Love it, love it, love it!!! Much much better feel than Android in my opinion. Very fluid, very sleek. For the most part quite inuitive. I've searched for a handful of things, but mostly I just figure things out.
- Drop-down menu: Good. I get enough of the most used features from the "tile grid" (don't know what it's called), and I get notifications. It's pretty much all I need. Nice touch that pressing-holding an item actually brings you to its settings-location. So pressing-holding my wi-fi tile brings me to wi-fi settings.
- Included MS apps: For the most part quite good. The phone did what I needed it to do right out of the box. Email, texting, contacts, search, etc.
- OneDrive: So far I like it quite a bit. Convenient access to files.
- Camera: It's great! I do feel that the automatic adjustments done to pictures are sometimes too flattering, but on the other hand I can save raw images if I want higher quality anyway.
- Cortana: Good (see below). I'm able to ask questions that are either answered by Cortana or sends me to a webpage with search results. I can also schedule events and notifications and notes via 'her'. I think this functionality to many may be a bit of a gimmic, but I'm finding more and more that it's easier and faster to just issue verbal commands than typing on the keyboard (see below). Quite nice.
- App selection: People might find it an issue that I put this in the "positives" section, considering the "app gap", but after three months I still haven't been in a situation where I went "I wish there was an app that does this" and then searched and found out it was only available for Android or iOS. My bank has an app, there's enough social media junk (not a big fan of social media), and enough productivity apps.
- Continuum: I'm listing this in the 'positives' section for a couple of reasons; firstly, there are times when my pretty heavily equipped PC is shut down or sleeping and all I want to do is to check sms, email and weather before leaving for work early in the morning. Turning my PC on at that point is not something I want to do. If the phone is charging anyway all I have to do is turn on the screen and there it is. Secondly, I think this is a promising technology that will grow. I'm excited about it as a nerd. I admit that. I am a bit nerdy.
- Groove Music: Good quality. Good selection.
- "File and device access": I have a hard time finding a good term for it, but the fact that I can shove a USB drive into the phone or dock and see all files is fantastic (I work in media production). Since I have the dock I make use of that as well. I connected an expensive headphone amplifier via USB, and my phone automatically began outputting audio to it! At least a few years ago according to my friends (and maybe still), transferring files was a bother on iOS, and is one reason I disqualify it. And now of course Apple is ditching even more connections, so it's definitely out of the question today.
- Microsoft Wallet: I like it a lot. Again, I'm only moderately paranoid, but depending on the location it's actually quite nice to tap-to-pay without having to punch in a pin code with people watching me. I also used it for the first time at the ATM where I first opened the door to the ATM location using my phone and then after iris-unlocking it made a withdrawal.
- Price: Well, like, it's not that much money for the above. A great deal even, in my opinion.
How about negatives then? Well, here they are:
- Occasionally an app will begin to launch and then "poof". It's actually not a huge deal, because all I have to do is re-launch it. It takes me about four extra seconds to do that, and it doesn't happen that often.
- Cortana occasionally gets moody and refuses to respond when I call her. Fortunately manually launching her will restore the functionality. Somewhat annoying.
- I find Microsoft's services and functions in general to be cumbersome to navigate and understand. It's easy enough to link emails, took me only about a minute, and it's easy enough to link inboxes, but it seemed way more complicated to import contacts into a MS account and make that my sole primary account while getting rid of at least one of the others. And I find that this applies every now and then to other services as well. It's as if the corporation is so large it's had difficulties consolidating everything to make the user experience manageable. Once you've gone through the maze it's all logical, but getting through it can be tedius.
- Keyboard: By far the biggest issue I have with the phone is the keyboard. By far. And it is an important and annoying issue to me. It interprets so many words perfectly, and then just gets completely stuck on others. And I even look exactly at how my finger moves and compare the suggested word with it, and it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that the suggestion is simply "impossible". In other words my finger might have moved in a different direction between letters, or not at all when the suggestion says it did.... I have no idea what the issue is, but it is irritating me. Fortunately I can use the speech-to-text function for some of it which is fine, and I can also obviously just type normally as opposed to swiping.
Anyway, there's my too-long review. In conclusion I think that given the price it's a clear winner. The positives by far outweighs the negatives. I do see a future in Win 10 Mobile and Continuum for at least "professionals", so I don't have a problem with people proclaiming its death (other than that being annoyingly ignorant (I say that now at least)). I was tired of Android and had an LG Android phone that was degrading into garbage, and my computers at home were all Windows, so this was a natural step for me. Quite happy so far.
- 12-20-2016, 12:52 AM #155
Stumbled across this page because of mattiasnyc's post above while looking for a support group. I'm on day one with my Lumia 950 to try something shiny after two years on a Lumia 735, WP8.1. I agree with everything he said...
Especially the keyboard. I cannot get over some of the stupid mistakes this thing is making. Capitalizing words like "Got" in the middle of a sentence. Completely refusing to accept a word. Always capitalizing Word on first attempt. Not being able to swipe the Word "capitalize" ever. This paragraph is already turning itself into a farce.
See! Seven times before I gave up and had to type farce, too. Word flow always accepted almost any word deliberately drawn, often even if I made a mistake (for longer words).
I'll return with a longer review after more quality time. But my god, how have you all been living with this keyboard on W10m? Having just come from WP8.1 yesterday, this is truly wretched in comparison.
Loving So (why capitalized!?) many other things about the device and software though!
- 12-24-2016, 03:08 PM #156
I stumbled upon another Windows 10 Mobile 'feature' I now like quite a bit:
I can create a couple of main folders in Outlook Mail and pin them to the start page! I didn't really understand that before. I think this is really great since I now can set up an automatic rule to dump all my work contacts' email into a "work" folder and pin that next to my general unified inbox folder. So if I look at the start screen I can easily see right away if an email is work related or not by virtue of which tile the notification is in. Don't even have to open Outlook to see it, just a quick glance. And then of course if I want to review that folder specifically I go straight to it when I press it.
- 12-24-2016, 11:09 PM #158
Yeah, it's nice.
I'm in the process of moving over to Outlook from Ya-Emailgotbrokenintoalongwith999million999thousand999otherpeople's-hoo and so I'm redoing my folders and filters etc. I looked into Boomerang which seems kind'a convenient actually, and it too has a folder which can be pinned.
12-29-2016, 01:24 PM #159
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My 950 is losing its luster because the Windows 10 builds are getting worse. Sometimes apps wont start or render because I have too many apps open, which forces me to close them before I relaunch a new app. There are sometimes when i just have to do a soft reset just to get things to run correctly. The other day I brought up a map location in Bing, then decided that I wanted directions, guess what, instead of launching Maps/GPS it launched another browser page with written directions on how to get to my location, WOW! I've been using Windows Phone when the 920 first launched, all the original integration was great, didn't have to launch an app to get or reply. PEOPLE HUB was great!!!! No longer smooth and fluid. I don't want to go back to Android. MS Please step up and get it together..........
- 01-01-2017, 01:19 PM #160
Hereby I want to share my first days with the Lumia 950.
Some back ground information. I'm coming from an complete Apple eco system. Meaning iPhone's (6s) for my wife and me, iPads, Apple-tv, Macbook pro. And the software services : Apple music, iTunes match, iCloud storage.
In about 1 year we have left the apple eco system. Started Jan 2015 and the last service apple music stopped 28 dec 2016.
We have switched to Microsoft office 365. Since a few days I own an lumia 950. It was pretty cheap compared to the iPhone.
As described, we were deep in the apple eco system, using iPhones since they came out here in the Netherlands.
My wife is keeping her iPhone and using it. I'm completely over to Microsoft. Where my iPhone is playing backup for just in case.
Since we have stopped the apple music, we chose to go for Spotify.
With stopping the iCloud storage including iCloud photo's we switched to OneDrive what come with the office 365.
My first thoughts about the phone when I got it.
* It is not that much bigger as my previous iPhone 6S. Feels a bit the same in the hand.
Thought it was much bigger.
* It is looking good. Nothing more or less. I just don't care much about the looks.
First thoughts after starting up. And setting up the phone.
* Setting up went pretty smooth. I had already an office 365 account, so that worked straight forward. No suprises there.
* Directly after the setup, the phone started to feel a bit warm. So was checking and I noticed that there were updates running : 41 apps. Typical windows I guess. When you want to use it there are 2 hours of updates waiting.
* After setup and updated finished the phone was very responsive. Smooth with scrolling, starting up apps etc.
I'm not much of an app user. So I do not have any issues with the app gap or how it is called. Mainly used on my iPhone Shazam / iTunes / And 1 game : blitz. Further used the Bose app for our soundtouch 520 system just for power it on to play internet radio.
Blitz and the bose app are no showstopper.
After a few days usage.
* The phone feels good in my hands. Starting up apps goes fast.
* Internet browser Edge is doing his job fine. Didnt notice any issues yet.
* OneDrive is working perfect. My photo's are synched to OneDrive. Photo's can be deleted on the phone without losing them from the iCloud. With the iCloud this was no go. Deleting photo's on an iPhone means you delete it from the iCloud.
* Office apps are working like a charm.
* What I'm currently missing is an sleep timer. I did use the iPhone as music player for bed. After setting up the timer you could chose that the music stopped playing.
Did not find such option on the Lumia. Have downloaded an app for that, but that does not work. Music keeps going. No showstopper, not handy. Perhaps have to look further for an app.
* Further I had 2 strange things. The 2nd day I could not hear anyone when I answered an telephone call. They could hear me. When put on speaker mode, they could hear me and I them. Had to restart the phone. Solved it for that day.
The day after (3rd day) the sync to OneDrive stopped. No errors, it just didn't sync. Had to reboot. And that solved the issue.
In short after 5 days. Very pleased with the phone. It just does everything I want.
It does not feel as an step down or up coming from an iPhone. I'm really pleased with the camera button. Taking an photo goes very fast. I'm Taking lots of photo's on my phones. So very handy.
And what i REALLY like is that the pictures you take on the phone cane be removed without deleting them from the OneDrive.
* What I'm currently looking for is something to edit video's on the phone, like iMovie. Not the same off course but an easy program to use. I like to edit videos a bit to share them with family.
* Sleep timer so that spotify stops playing music after some time when we are in bed.
* Perhaps buy an dock, to use continuum. Currently I add my laptop to the TV via hdmi. And using wireless mouse and keyboard. Not sure if it add anything, perhaps just to play a bit with it.
Again, this is after 5 days use. Very pleased that we have switched to the Microsoft eco system.
Sorry for the english, tried my best.
- 01-02-2017, 09:21 AM #163
Use Cool unique features: 1. Use Cortana without touching the phone, just ask something or tell to do something like play music, wake me up at 6pm , open FB apps, where am i and may more 2. IPhone and android is using fingerprint scanner while we are using iris scanner to open lock screen 3. Use of glance screen 4. Gesture 5. Outlook Mail 6. File (windows) explorer. (i am using windows phone last 4-5years, my first device was Lumia 520. And presently i am using Lumia 640XL & Lumia 950)
- 02-10-2017, 06:56 PM #167
Really wish you hadn't closed that other thread. My father was reading through there as he is considering a 950 and I linked him to this site. The posts on that thread were a different tone and substance than this thread. This thread has some reviews and discussions about problems, the other thread was more of people just getting it and posting their impressions as the thread title suggested.
- 02-10-2017, 10:48 PM #168
- 02-10-2017, 11:12 PM #169
My apologies for the double post in advance but I didn't want to have a wall of text AND a response to the previous post before my post. I don't know how long this would be but I am kind of re-reviewing if that makes sense, after a week of using it.
Here's my original review, back in August 2016. A number of things in the OS seems to have changed, along with some adjustments to my statements. No point in modifying the short version, I'll be focused on the long one.
-The 950 continues to feel great in the hand. The Mozo backs are even better with upping that feeling! No hand strain to report, even though it is my biggest phone (it's slightly wider and taller than my Honor 8, and yes I still own the SE).
-The cameras are still solid for the most part, especially the rear one. The selfie camera is also good but not the best in low light when it comes to skin tones. It does seem like the "finishing touches" time has gone down by a lot, and I like that. Additionally the camera seems to be improved a little bit too. Still not one for HDR.
-The app situation is fine with me thanks to reasonable substitutions. I used to use Edge to read my books but now I use Monument Browser and it seems to be better than Edge. Instagram is lacking very little in comparison to it's apps on iOS and Android.
-I think I gave the battery life too much of a pass before. It was bad! Since then, the battery life has actually improved but it still falls short of my iPhone and Honor 8. I get about 22-24 hours, so this is a daily charge phone for me even though battery saver can push it to be a day and 2 hours.
-I spoke too soon about bugginess before, as I had experienced a few random restarts after my post. With this unit, I'm happy to report that I haven't had that issue. This seems like this is really dependent on each individual phone itself.
-I'm not sure if the iris scanner has improved or if I have just gotten better with it. It could be both though, but it has recognized me most of the time (around 75%) which has been very nice.
-I noted a delayed response before with the power button and the like, and I have to say that has been resolved or it just hasn't happened to me.
I'm glad that I got it again. The cameras are still good and performance is fine with me. Just battery life doesn't leave much to be desired but it doesn't activate my battery anxiety though. I finally feel like I am not compromising as much with the 950 and that feels great.
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