12-21-2015 11:34 PM
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  1. Quezacot's Avatar
    Hi I'm planning to buy the 950xl this coming monday but I'm now undecided if I will get it after I read about bad battery life / wifi issue in this forum. I'm not new in windows os since I have desktop running windows 10. Battery is important to me especially in idle mode, I remember they said that "you can see notifications without consuming battery". Anyway, I'm using an Iphone 6 and even if it has a less battery capacity, at full 100 percent charge even in 6 hours idle it still 100 percent. I know the Iphone 6 and 950xl have different specs but I think it will still depend in the os on how it will hand the battery. I have an s6 edge before it has 2800 battery but still consume 1-5% (even in idle state) every hour because of the touchwiz os. Apps is not an issue for me, I only use default mail app 6 apps ( facebook, messenger, twitter, instagrram, viber, youtube) but if these apps are full of bugs I'm gonna pass 950 xl and wait for another windows phone. This will be my first windows phone if ever I will buy it so I want to hear it from you guys who has 950xl if you still recommend it?
    12-11-2015 06:57 PM
  2. A_Pieman's Avatar
    Don't if your iPhone has 100% battery after six hours of idle you will not be happy with the 950xl.
    The apps are not full of bugs but there is room for improvement.
    I like my 950 xl it has problems but they are solvable and for me fairly minor.
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    12-11-2015 07:17 PM
  3. Quezacot's Avatar
    Do you think the battery problem is because of Windows 10 / Windows Build ? Or hardware issues(Processor,GPU, etc)? If it is only the os itself it can be tolerable right?
    12-11-2015 07:23 PM
  4. Zulfigar's Avatar
    Software, definitely. It just needs to be a bit more optimized for the high end processor. However, the latest build does seem to be easier on the battery compared to the one it shipped with (probably why the Insiders didn't get it, but got .11 instead). By all means though, if you go for the XL, you'll be happy with it. Just, do a hard reset first and foremost before you set anything up, for some reason, that helps... A lot.
    12-11-2015 07:30 PM
  5. A_Pieman's Avatar
    I imagine it is a software issue but that is a guess. The battery system will a very complex design it isn't as simple as battery size being the only measure. So design desisions in that system will have an effect on battery usage.
    However as your iPhone is still 100% after six hours then the 950 xl will disappoint you.
    12-11-2015 07:33 PM
  6. grezmel's Avatar
    ive ditched my LG G4 for the 950XL and the only apps i am missing are my banking app and security cam app - im not too worried though. I somehow feel at home with windows mobile and the size between the G4 and 950xl is negligible. I havent had any wifi issues and the build i have appears quite stable. The phone did get warm to start with due to all the updates, but is fine now. Battery life is a bit better than my G4 however has wireless charging as standard and also quick charging which is a bonus.
    aximtreo, libra89 and JmpnJeronimo like this.
    12-11-2015 07:37 PM
  7. scionluna's Avatar
    I received my 950 XL in November. The phone has been fantastic so far.
    The battery life has been great so far, a full day's use with some to spare at night. Typically I am listening to music locally or streaming. The battery standby has been okay. I typically leave my phone off the charger at night with 100% power on battery saver. After 6-7 hours, the level has dropped about 3-7%.
    I haven't had any WiFi problems with the 950 XL. It connects quickly and reliably.
    As for the apps, Facebook and Twitter are not up to date as their iOS and Android counterparts but they work very well.
    I don't use Instagram and Viber so I can't say anything about them.
    The Messenger app by Windows works well but I haven't tried the Skype functions.
    The Messenger app by Facebook work but like the Facebook app, it is not up to date. There is no real official YouTube but plenty of third party that do the job very well.
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    12-11-2015 07:54 PM
  8. Quezacot's Avatar
    Software, definitely. It just needs to be a bit more optimized for the high end processor. However, the latest build does seem to be easier on the battery compared to the one it shipped with (probably why the Insiders didn't get it, but got .11 instead). By all means though, if you go for the XL, you'll be happy with it. Just, do a hard reset first and foremost before you set anything up, for some reason, that helps... A lot.
    Thanks. how was your battery life in the latest build? If it does greatly improved I might get one though I will update it to the latest build immediately.
    12-11-2015 08:49 PM
  9. Quezacot's Avatar
    I imagine it is a software issue but that is a guess. The battery system will a very complex design it isn't as simple as battery size being the only measure. So design desisions in that system will have an effect on battery usage.
    However as your iPhone is still 100% after six hours then the 950 xl will disappoint you.
    Thanks I'll just think about it until I'm getting more feedback in this thread till weekend ends. If windows just update their firmware regularly just to improve the battery life I might consider this phone even though its not par with idle of iphone 6
    12-11-2015 08:51 PM
  10. slammer1's Avatar
    Have my 950XL running alongside my G4, I'm close to diving in full force to the 950. I like this phone, the OS is great.
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    12-11-2015 09:04 PM
  11. Quezacot's Avatar
    I received my 950 XL in November. The phone has been fantastic so far.
    The battery life has been great so far, a full day's use with some to spare at night. Typically I am listening to music locally or streaming. The battery standby has been okay. I typically leave my phone off the charger at night with 100% power on battery saver. After 6-7 hours, the level has dropped about 3-7%.
    I haven't had any WiFi problems with the 950 XL. It connects quickly and reliably.
    As for the apps, Facebook and Twitter are not up to date as their iOS and Android counterparts but they work very well.
    I don't use Instagram and Viber so I can't say anything about them.
    The Messenger app by Windows works well but I haven't tried the Skype functions.
    The Messenger app by Facebook work but like the Facebook app, it is not up to date. There is no real official YouTube but plenty of third party that do the job very well.
    Ah one positive feedback for 950xl battery life. Are you running on the latest build? What can you say about wifi issues? Does your wifi connect you to 5ghz ac or 2.4ghz? Do you think the ones getting this have hardware defects ? I'm worried on getting one that has this issue because I always use wifi all the time.
    Last edited by Quezacot; 12-11-2015 at 09:20 PM.
    12-11-2015 09:05 PM
  12. Quezacot's Avatar
    Have my 950XL running alongside my G4, I'm close to diving in full force to the 950. I like this phone, the OS is great.
    How was the battery life in idle?
    12-11-2015 09:20 PM
  13. David Lohrentz's Avatar
    I like the 950XL more than any mobile device I've had. I'm not sure what the wifi issue is that you reference. Mine works as expected. The screen is gorgeous, the speed is blazing, and the OS is great. Of the apps you mention, most people on the platform have been using 6tag for instagram. The developer pushes out updates very often and his apps are clean, bug free, and work better than many official apps. Twitter has the official app as well as a number of very good alternatives. There are many fine ways to view youtube videos. The Messenger app does what it should do. Can't say about viber.

    I guess I don't see why you'd be so concerned with idle battery life, unless you would never use the phone. Isn't battery performance about idle + usage performance, and of the two, isn't usage battery performance by far the most important? I've been satisfied with it, but I don't pay much attention to the idle battery performance.
    12-11-2015 10:48 PM
  14. scionluna's Avatar
    Ah one positive feedback for 950xl battery life. Are you running on the latest build? What can you say about wifi issues? Does your wifi connect you to 5ghz ac or 2.4ghz? Do you think the ones getting this have hardware defects ? I'm worried on getting one that has this issue because I always use wifi all the time.
    I am running the latest build, not a Windows Insider build.
    As for the battery, Daniel Rubino addresses this in the latest episode of "Ask Dan". In short, the 950 XL has some high end hardware that will put a drain on the battery when compared to the last flagship, Lumia 1520. I would suspect that as the Windows 10 Mobile gets more battery efficient, the battery life in the 950 and 950 XL will improve.
    As for WiFi, I connect at home at 2.4 GHz. I just got a new router installed so I haven't set up the 5.0 GHz band yet. I also connect to the WiFi at work and at the university I attend. I don't know the band I connect to those but I think it is 2.4 GHz. The 950 XL connects easily to both WiFi hotspots. Any dropouts tends to be on the router side. The university WiFi tends to drop both my 950 XL and my OnePlus One on a few occasions it does.
    I can't say if it the WiFi issues you mention are hardware or not. The second order of 950 XL from the Microsoft Store were supposed to ship out yesterday so I'd like see how the new orders fare before making a decision. Of course by practice if the phone has a hardware issue, Microsoft will repair or replace the phone.
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    12-12-2015 10:54 AM
  15. downup's Avatar
    36% left and i charged it yesterday at 18:00 and it says it's good for 9 hours.So i am very happy with the battery.
    lots of bluetooth audio, browsing and photo/video capture. No gaming or movies.

    My wifi is 26/10 and i have 30/10

    Still 2 days old and there is nothing to complain about, had some problems in the start to get the latest windows update but after that is the phone amazing. I like the plastic feels really light
    12-12-2015 02:51 PM
  16. Krystianpants's Avatar
    This seems to be a hit or miss. Some people have battery issues others don't. Honestly I play a lot of games and my battery doesn't go so fast. It could be better no doubt and it will get better with software updates. You can always guarantee that windows 10 will improve. It has been constantly improving and there's no reason why it wouldn't furthermore. I think that maybe some of the earlier models had different firmware or something as I don't have any issues that most people are having. And with the Usb-c fast charge, you just pop it in the charger and you will be good to go. Get a car charger you can hook your cable to.

    Keep the extra cable that comes in the package with you and there's no issues. And you can always buy an extra battery for those times you may not be able to control things. That's the beauty of replaceable batteries.

    I have had many phones and this is by far my favourite phone. I'm spending way less time at my PC now too.

    Get the black one too, it looks better in my opinion, but of course look at both of them as that is kind of subjective.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    12-12-2015 05:27 PM
  17. winboy's Avatar
    I love my 950 xl since release day. Highly recommended!
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    12-12-2015 07:18 PM
  18. emigrating's Avatar
    I have no battery issues as long as the phone is idle. It lasts an amazingly long time just idling TBH, right up there with my good old 1520. That said, there is definitely room for improvement during use. Some apps and even background tasks are very heavy on the battery, much more so than they perhaps need to be.
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    12-12-2015 07:47 PM
  19. Jazmac's Avatar
    If your primary focus in the XL is for gaming, I would get the 950 and call it a day. Either that or get a Nintindo DS or something.
    12-13-2015 03:18 AM
  20. Quezacot's Avatar
    I have no battery issues as long as the phone is idle. It lasts an amazingly long time just idling TBH, right up there with my good old 1520. That said, there is definitely room for improvement during use. Some apps and even background tasks are very heavy on the battery, much more so than they perhaps need to be.
    What apps that are heavy on the battery even in background tasks? Can you remove those built in apps like xbox app( I dont have an xbox), groove music( since i use spotify app)? In windows 10 desktop you can remove those build in apps in command prompt. If yes I might get this tommorrow..
    12-13-2015 04:54 AM
  21. Krystianpants's Avatar
    What apps that are heavy on the battery even in background tasks? Can you remove those built in apps like xbox app( I dont have an xbox), groove music( since i use spotify app)? In windows 10 desktop you can remove those build in apps in command prompt. If yes I might get this tommorrow..
    You can't remove xbox or groove music but you can set whether they are allowed to run in the background. Honestly the xbox app is great and if you have a lot of games a good place to go and run them instead of pinning them. I pin all my games into a single folder. I have 34 games in my live folder. I just tap it and it expands with all my games. Everyone does things differently. And xbox live uses your MS account so it's nice to login to games using it. You can then challenge your friends and see your achievements and even build an avatar. It's actually an interesting app and the future is more promising as today you can stream games from xbox one to the pc using xbox app, in the future I believe the goal is to be able to stream it to phone from xbox and your pc.

    Anyways, the if you buy a unit now it will likely have the latest firmware, and my battery lasts pretty long. It will only get better as MS has shown that builds consistently helped battery out. There is absolutely no doubt that as you use the phone and updates come things will get better. MS apps are constantly seeing updates too. So if battery is your only issue, it really won't be a big deal. In fact, you can just use it for a while and return it. I believe here if you buy from the store you have 30 days to return it. With fast charge you don't need to even dedicate that much time to charging it. It really does charge super fast.
    12-13-2015 11:27 AM
  22. erzhik's Avatar
    If you are a power user, used Windows phones for a while, then yes. It's an absolute beast, better than any WP previously.
    If you are a new user or recent user of WP, then absolutely not. Too many bugs and issues.
    12-13-2015 12:04 PM
  23. Helder Costa1's Avatar
    a have mine for more than a week now and no problems with battery! by night it goes down about 3% wich is allright... go for it its a fantastic device no doubt. just turn of the apps you dont want to run in background and it gets much better.
    Jazmac likes this.
    12-13-2015 12:52 PM
  24. Tushar Thakur's Avatar
    Have been using it for almost a week now and already thinking about returning it back. Some of the key issues -
    1 - Gets very very hot while charging and using it for more than 10 mins
    2 - Battery life - Okay its fast charging, large battery, but it doesn't last for more than 8-10 hours for me. Now that doesn't complete my day
    3 - Overall Windows 10 is still buggy and not a finished product. A few notifications I got and clicked on, didnt turn up anything. Multitasking puts a huge pressure on the phone it freezes and becomes extremely hot
    4 - Camera is actually 16 MP if you are clicking in 16:9 aspect ratio. Even on 4:3 its 19 MP and not 20 as Microsoft claims/sells. Tricking customers to buy MS?
    5 - Windows Hello - another joke added by Microsoft against the already established finger print scanner on other devices. Hello is still buggy, doesn't work with glasses on (which is a big no for me) and you look like a fool staring at screen to unlock. I have turned it off and using the good old pass-code typing instead.
    6 - Overall build is okay, although doesn't feel like holding a flagship device, but that's more of a personal preference.
    7 - Last and most important - Its losing signal. Here by losing I mean it goes from bull 5 bars to no network found. Mostly happens when you close a call or there is a call waiting. Most probably some interrupt conflicts with the radios, which my Nokia used to handle pretty well 15 years back.

    I am not saying its a bad device, it (combined with Win 10) just feels like its in a beta phase right now. Hope this helps.
    mikepalma likes this.
    12-14-2015 08:04 AM
  25. Pete's Avatar
    Battery lasts fine for me.
    Mine doesn't overheat (never even gets mildly warm).
    Mine doesn't reboot.
    12-14-2015 08:15 AM
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