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  1. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    Phone arrived yesterday! I opened the box and liked what I saw. The white version is a nice looking phone. My initial thought it looked rather big but when I layed my Lumia 930 on top of it the 950XL isn't really that much bigger. Holding it doesn't have a nice feel like the 930. Due to the thinness and polycarbonate build it feels light and cheap. I might have to do the Beats headphones scam and load the inside with metal weights to give it some heft ;-)
    I find pulling the back cover off is not that easy. I also find it annoying since it's the only way to access the Sim and SDcard slots. I installed one sim from my 930 which is required before first launch per the setup guide. I also installed a 64GB MicroSDXC card.
    The only thing I have done with the phone is to update it and install the Windows Insider app to get the latest "Fast" build. Once it was all set up I put the sim card back into my 930 to use as my daily until I get the 950XL set up the way I want.
    I think my only real negative impression is the discovery that the phone does not support the "double-tap-to-wake" gesture. I kept trying and only found it it was non-functioning by seeing some posts here @ WPC about it. I find this odd since there is a function to double-tap-to-sleep albeit it has to be performed on the menu bar area.

    Pros:
    - Nice display
    - More LTE Band support (compared to 930)
    - SD Card
    - Works with my Qi charger (I use Aukey)
    - Replaceable battery (if you can find one)

    Cons:
    - Can't turn off 'no Sim2' notification icon
    - Cheap feel
    - No 'tap to wake' gesture
    -Flaky 5Ghz Wi-Fi connection

    Also of note is I tried using the Lumia Offers app to get the free Display Dock but when I click it a "something happened, try again" error occurs. Will have to investigate this one. I will be submitting my "cons" into the Windows Feedback community and maybe Microsoft can do something to improve these so-called 'flagship' 950 phones.

    [Update] Discovered (as many other 950 owners have) that the 5Ghz band for wifi connection is unstable. Phone will often not reconnect or simply drop connection and a reboot of the phone temporarily fixes it. The 2.4Ghz band is fine. Good thing I have a dual band simultaneous connected router.
    Last edited by signal-2-noise; 01-17-2016 at 01:09 PM. Reason: Added more thoughts.
    01-15-2016 11:20 AM
  2. andraeseus's Avatar
    Just got mines 2 days ago. Only had one day (today) to really look at it and give it a quick spin to see what I thought. So far... this is the best friggan phone ever created. PERIOD!
    01-15-2016 02:19 PM
  3. JaimitoFrog's Avatar
    Been using it over 20 days now. So far I love the device, best Lumia I had so far (owned 900, 920, 1020, Icon). Install all the updates, non-insider. Most recent was the .29 OS build.

    Pros:
    Great screen
    Light and thin
    Fast camera shot to shot, and excellent picture quality. You won't miss the 1020.
    Double tap to sleep (just read how to do it)
    Dual SIM. Can leave my work iPhone6 at home.
    Micro SDcard
    NFC/Qi, USB C (have to buy new spare cables)
    Windows 10 layout, appearance, can respond to text notifications on lock screen.
    Windows Hello. Iris scanner can go through glasses or shades. It is slower than 4 digit PIN. Not sure fingerprint is better. On my work iPhone 6, I don't like the fingerprint access much.

    Haven't tried Continuum, but got the Dock free.

    Cons:
    Stock cover creaks too much. Fixed it completely by black electric tape. I filled all the inside of the cover, cutting the tape to size and avoid contact with the NFC and Qi. It will take 2-3 layers. I highly recommend you all to try it. Makes the phone feel so solid. MS should have designed it better, like adding some foam padding. When I get my Mozo cover, I will do it on that as well.

    Buttons don't feel the best, a bit cheap and sharp on corners. The press feel is fine, and they are responsive. The vol arrangement still takes time to get used to.

    Photo processing when using Rich Capture is slow. Yes, you can take pics super fast in rapid frames, but it will take a moment for it to be all processed.

    No double tap to wake.

    No super bright mode like Icon, although I haven't tested 950XL under bright sun yet.

    No supersensitive screen. Have to take off my gloves. It's like an iPhone now. Sucks.

    Battery life a bit short. In fairness, it is similar to the Icon, 1020, but with a larger battery, albeit larger screen and faster processor, was hoping it lasted a bit longer. Still tweaking what I can by turning off some background tasks, skype, and 2nd SIM when I don't need to use it.

    Windows 10 bugs. After changing a notification tune for an app, it can revert back to default after a soft reboot, or spontaneously. FB messenger is one of them. Other bugs like slow image download on Outlook mail, although this is also true on SurfaceBook. Another bug is same apps are listed multiple times when you look through background apps list. Also if you played a media player, and close it, the app shortcut still appears when you press the volume key. You cant turn it off. It will just disappear on its own time.

    Some live tiles don't work, I blame that more on the Apps not being updated for W10.
    Last edited by JaimitoFrog; 01-17-2016 at 04:27 AM.
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    01-17-2016 04:13 AM
  4. greynightshirt's Avatar
    Just wanted to add that after 3 1/2 weeks with the Lumia 950 XL I sent it back for a refund. The most frustrating phone experience I've had since the Galaxy Note 1. Which was Android. Which should be saying something.

    The only really great thing about the 950 XL and the one thing I will miss is the great camera quality. All in all I'm much happier now with the used L730 I bought to tide me over till the Surface phone comes out - or until I may switch after 3 very happy years on WP8/8.1.

    *disappointed & sad*
    01-17-2016 05:47 AM
  5. fdruid's Avatar
    Just bought it and I'm finishing installing my stuff. The screen is breathtaking, period. I stare in awe at the most normal things like album covers in Groove or any pic in 6tag.

    Phone is too thin for my taste, so I might use it with some simple silicon cover.

    Performance is smooth and fast, everything works as intended. Phone charges to 100% really fast.

    No real issues so far. Loving the experience.
    01-18-2016 10:46 PM
  6. MrEeks's Avatar
    Received my 950XL from FedEx 1/19. Unlike some users I really like the lightness of it, and even the polycarbonate cover, but I use my wireless charging almost exclusively. The screen is absolutely gorgeous. I did order two cases to try from Amazon one was recommended by Windows Central in their post, the full TPU one and the other is from Ghostek has an aluminum surround. Now to some issues....
    Promptly got a SIM from ATT and booted it up. Did a restore from my 920 when prompted. I have not been paying attention to whether or not I have LTE because I've just been staying connected to WiFi trying to get this thing to update. I have apps from the restore just hanging at the pending screen, I have been trying to poke at them(both from the Store and Start screen) to get them to do something to no avail. And from what I can tell that is holding me up from the phone updating to .29, I can see it listed under the Phone Update menu. The phone is also seriously hot, as I have read other users have had issue with. The phone also feels ancient in how sluggish it is, slower even then my 3.5-4 year old L920, though I'm going to go out on a limb and attribute that to all the hold ups with updates. I don't seem to have any issues with apps that have sort of installed. I say sort of because Facebook for example I am able to use with no discernible limitations but it still shows up under pending updates, as do a few others. Most however when clicked on take me to the store.
    I have tried turning the phone off and on again several times. Drained the battery completely and charged to approx 75%. More restarts. And a couple soft resets, nothing seems to be jump starting the apps (or .29 update) to download. I want to avoid a hard reset so maybe I will just give it a day or so, or overnight to process without any usage while on the charger overnight.

    I thought by waiting until after the holidays and when the phones became available for sale again that MSFT would have had at least some of these issues worked out. Extremely disappointed.

    Update: After soft resetting, going into the app store and pausing all app updates, and plugging phone into a wall charger and leaving it be, .29 update is now at 32% after approx 1 hour.
    Last edited by MrEeks; 01-20-2016 at 06:33 PM.
    01-20-2016 05:23 PM
  7. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    ... Did a restore from my 920 when prompted. ...
    You should have set it up as a new phone. Then download updates and content from backup once all hardware/software updates are done. There's good advice here on the forum about initial set up for the 950'series.
    01-20-2016 09:35 PM
  8. MrEeks's Avatar
    Actually I've read more people state that after booting the first time with the SIM in state they restored from their previous WP backups, than stated they started fresh, that's why I went that route.
    But another update to previous post: after being left alone as before plugged into wall, the .29 update is now at 78%, after approx 3 hours.
    01-20-2016 11:13 PM
  9. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    ^Something's wrong. That's way too long for an update.
    01-21-2016 12:40 AM
  10. MrEeks's Avatar
    Update again: So after a couple more shut downs and restarts (not the soft reset) and ensuring each time that my apps updates were in fact all still paused I finally have the .29 update!
    It finally feels like an octa-core phone. Its fast, its smooth, transitioning between programs is smooth. Windows Hello has been working flawlessly for me, not issues what so ever, though I have only been using it approx 8 hours. The phone recognizes I have LTE coverage, however running the SpeedTest.net app yields results that are not up to par with what I have seen previously in my area. I'm still making the phone my own, adjusting settings, and backgrounds, lock screen, tiles ect, but so far I am loving this phone, any further sales of it MS needs to send out with the most up to date software.
    01-21-2016 05:33 PM
  11. DasWindows's Avatar
    Only wish this was for verizon... :(
    01-21-2016 10:03 PM
  12. emiel1976's Avatar
    I have my 950 XL now for a couple of days and there are a few positive and negative things.
    My last phone was a 1020 with wp10 on it so i compare all the things with that phone. I love my 1020 and that is wy i compare it with it.
    Positive things:
    Bigger and great looking screen.
    Weight is lower.
    Great camera.
    Wp10 is positive but not withoud any problems.
    The phone stays cooler than the 1020.

    The negative things:
    Wp10 on my 1020 is more stable and everything i use works on it.
    On the 950 xl it has still a lot of bugs.
    The bluetooth isn't working that good. I can't connect my treasure tag and the connection with other devices gives also sometimes som problems.
    My nokia wierless charging dock works alone as i puth my phone on it's side. As i put it straight it will not charge because the charging part in the phone sits to high.

    Missing the camera apps that there were in wp8.1
    Here maps and here drive+ are missing. I hope that they will come soon back.

    Overal i love this phone but it is not ready for people that never had a wp before and never used wp10 on there wp before.
    It is still way to unstable and the bkuetooth problems are still to big.
    I hope that they will solve these problems and that the HERE apps will return soon.
    01-22-2016 05:23 AM
  13. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    Upgraded from Lumia 640XL. Same cheap feels. Have always used low end craptacular phones. This is best phone I've ever had in all respects. Missing "double-tap to wake".
    01-22-2016 09:18 PM
  14. mikeoc's Avatar
    Got the 950 XL yesterday, and main thing I am struck by - is how much I like the design! Over here in the UK, finding a demo 950XL to handle in any store is impossible, I found one store that had a 950, so that was all I had to go by. Have read all the reviews slating it for cheap and uninspiring design, so really didnt know what to expect... but I actually love it, and dont think it feels or looks cheap at all, but quite the opposite! I came from a Note 3, and turned my nose up at other brands with their fragile glass design. I have handled some of the phones with a metal design that almost feels like plastic. Maybe it's just me but it totally feels like a premium phone to me. Loving how thin it is too!
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    01-23-2016 03:21 PM
  15. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    The 950XL just arrived in Thailand and I managed to get one yesterday in black..

    The phone feels lighter than my 640XL. It reminds me, in terms of design, of a Nexus phone, especially when I hold it. It is nice to also have a dedicated camera button again which was lacking on the 640XL.

    After updating Windows 10 Mobile through the Insider program and restoring from my backup I have to say that I am, overall, impressed with it. I did have some initial issues after restoring my backup, such as LINE needing to be uninstall and reinstalled, and Windows Hello does not always recognise me when I wear my glasses but I can definitely see this phone has potential.

    Windows 10 Mobile is faster than on my 640XL, especially when downloading applications and applying updates, as well as when composing large SMS or Facebook messages which would slow down my 640XL. The camera, although I only took one picture as a test, was, even to my untrained eye, far better than the same picture that was taken on an iPhone 6 Plus I had access to.

    So, overall, I have no doubts over my purchase at all. I just wish Microsoft had released it in Thailand sooner and I now have to wait for a case to arrive as there are none here right now.
    01-24-2016 04:23 AM
  16. sph0308's Avatar
    I left Verizon for this phone

    Only wish this was for verizon... :(
    01-28-2016 11:40 AM
  17. shadow1010's Avatar
    After a long wait i finally got my 950xl. My first impressions are. Waiting for a year and half to get another flagship phone this is the best you can come up with? Really? They had a year and a half to think what to put out to the public next. Unbelievable. Everything else i love. At least for me they`ve alway`s had a butter smooth Os. Camera is awesome. Apps are behind as expected. Overall i`m really enjoying this phone.
    01-28-2016 10:06 PM
  18. Manfred Pohler's Avatar
    Got mine in December.
    I started with "WMP" (HTC,...) - later I changed to iPhone and finally back to Microsoft with Nokia....
    My last devices have been - 8xx, 900, 920, 1020, 930...
    Further I onw a Galaxy S4 (to drive my Smartwatch).

    So how about the 950XL?
    Compared with the other "Lumias" it feels a bit "cheap".
    This is the price for the changeable battery - but it could have been done better.

    Screen:
    PRO: big, clear, great colors
    CON: no "high sensitive mode" (use with gloves), no "double tap to wake up" (I miss this)

    Camera:
    Compared to the others it's close to my 930 (950 is better - faster focus was my first "Wooowww").
    But it can't beat the 1020 especially when it comes to stabilization and resolution.

    Buttons:
    PRO: ???
    CON: order (power between volume buttons - crazy), they feel cheap

    OS:
    PRO: almost like on the desktop, fast,...
    CON: somethings don't work always, sometimes hangs on built-in apps (never had this before), some thing "forced" (I don't like skpye in my SMSs)...
    Last not least the biggest CON - in WP7 we had "unified messaging", Messenger, Facebook Chat, SMS all in one app...
    But this is gone with WP8.

    General PRO:
    Accumulator for much more than one day (although I have WiFi, BT, and other things always running) - the best compared to the others. And it is extreme fast loading.
    Continuum is also a nice thing.
    Windows 10 Mobile is great (although some things need to be fixed).

    General CON:
    Buttons, missing settings, missing "double tap to wake", "cheap" case (cover)

    Problems so far:
    I only had a problem getting the firmware update - this was an issue with insider (which I couldn't leave).

    CONCLUSION: I'm really happy with the device - except some minor "missing things"
    01-29-2016 11:24 AM
  19. SgtRedRock's Avatar
    This quickie review is based on the white international single sim version.
    I'll leave the unboxing details to others but I did like that it came in a Surface like box (flatter and more square) made of sturdier material than the usual brick style android box. First impression on removing from plastic: light, almost as big as my Motorola Nexus 6. I quickly inserted the nano sim from the Nexus into the 950xl, addthe 128gb micro sd, snapped the back on. Turned it on and wow...the screen was gorgeous. TMobile showed as the carrier, I checked for Visual Voice Mail and it was there (WFI calling, sadly, no). Tried some text messaging and calls successfully. I then immediately download the Lumia Offers app and both the Office and Dock were available. I ordered both from the MS Store using the supplied activations codes. I then manually started downloading my apps. Some of my 8.1 apps are not available for 10 yet. After that, I tried out Continuum using MS Wireless Display. I Bluetooth attached the new MS folding keyboard and Wedge Mouse and fired up continuum. It actually worked pretty well. Again not all Win 10 Apps work on Continuum, yet. But I was impressed seeing it all working on my 60 inch big screen. I started with the Nokia 521 in Nov 2013 and moved up to the Nokia 925 a few months later (I've also been using the Nexus 5/6 in the same time space)...I prefer the Win 8/10 platform.The main apps I use are there on both, but the Windows platform is much more fun to use, in my opinion. This purchase is more expensive than any of the phones I've bought before, but the fun factor, speed, continuum make it worth it to me.
    Last edited by SgtRedRock; 01-30-2016 at 06:56 PM. Reason: Spelling correction
    01-30-2016 05:54 PM
  20. ElronTheElder's Avatar
    Have had the Lumia 950 XL for a few days.
    First impressions: It's impressive.
    No slow downs with camera, emails or messaging [Once I got APN setup + updates]
    Still kicking the tires more or less.
    Think I will keep this puppy.
    For the price guess that's a ringing endorsement.
    02-04-2016 06:18 PM
  21. Marty89's Avatar
    I cannot choose between 950 and 950 XL, so today I went to one store with phones that has 950 and 950 XL demo units (turned off, just to look at). I was shocked by the XL. I thought it would be better for me but no. I find that 950 is better built. 950 XL has sharp edges around the screen and also sharp edges around the sides of back cover, on the other hand 950 has these a little bit rounded and smooth. Do all 950s XL have this sharp back or it was just the demo unit?
    02-05-2016 04:19 PM
  22. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    ^
    I don't find any edges to be sharp on my 950XL. Still feels cheap out of the box but the clear Orzly case I got for it sturdies it up a bit.
    02-05-2016 10:52 PM
  23. Marty89's Avatar
    ^
    I don't find any edges to be sharp on my 950XL. Still feels cheap out of the box but the clear Orzly case I got for it sturdies it up a bit.
    I take it back. I went to the O2 Store today and tried again 950 XL and everything was fine about it, no sharp edges. Maybe they had some bad demo unit in the store I was yesterday. :D
    02-06-2016 09:50 AM
  24. Genio88's Avatar
    After almost a month of 950XL, here's my experience so far:
    Pro:
    -Thin, light and pretty comfortable to hold
    -Amazing screen with good colors and awesome resolution but...
    -Best camera on smartphone, or at least amongst the best ones
    -Windows Hello is a good new way to unlock the phone, and it works great
    -Windows 10 latest preview is not completed yet but it runs pretty smoothly, i like it better than any other mobile OS, i'm really confident for the final release
    -Glance screen, i know it's almost a given thing on Lumia, but i didn't have it on my previous 730 and 930 so it's a new thing for me and i love it.
    -Speakers get pretty loud though...
    Cons:
    -Speakers quality is not so good, they sound a bit "metallic" and definitely lack on bass
    -Design is fine, but from a over 600$ flagship you would expect a more "premium" approach with at least an aluminium frame or even better the Surface magnesium, and i shouldn't have to put some sticky posts on the back cover to fix the creaky corners...yes, at least it worked.
    -Screen, unfortunately the whites turns into yellow if you watch the screen from the sides, that's not a deal breaker but it does get annoying, especially when, for example, you're surfing on Microsoft Edge, where the pages are often white, so keeping your phone on the table looking at it from a different angle, you do notice the white turning yellow... and that's not good at all
    -Store is getting better and there are more apps than before, i also personally think that there are almost all the ones i really need, though is clear that the difference between it and IOS/Android stores is still huge, lot of important apps and games are still missing on WM10 and a few apps are not as up to date and polished as the IOS/Android ones...
    To wrap this up i'd say that so far i'm overall satisfied by the phone, i'm definitely enjoy it as my main phone, but i really look forward for this Surface Phone to show up, cause if it is real and if they do it right i'm in on upgrading to that this fall, i'm a huge fan of Surface division, and i love my Pro 4.
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    02-07-2016 07:13 AM
  25. Grodelj's Avatar
    After almost a month of 950XL, here's my experience so far:
    Cons:
    -Speakers quality is not so good, they sound a bit "metallic" and definitely lack on bass
    You can get that a bit better with sound equalizer settings.
    02-07-2016 06:18 PM
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