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  1. Dan TheMan86's Avatar
    Why can't they just make a phone with a 5.0-5.5" screen, 1920x1080 (for less power consumption), 4000 mah removable battery, SD card slot, and decent camera?? I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
    12-02-2015 09:44 AM
  2. Albatross2's Avatar
    I received my unlocked dually 950 from MS yesterday. I set it up from scratch to avoid some of the issues folks have had after a restore from back-up. So far I'm delighted. It's a big upgrade from the Lumia 735 I was using on the insider program. To early to tell on battery life, but it seems fine so far.
    12-02-2015 10:09 AM
  3. Jeff Merritt1's Avatar
    I am on my third full day with the 950 and I haven't had one day that I have come close to running out of battery. (I have fully recharged it through the night each time)
    Are you using it at all? LOL. I have had mine off the charger since 8:30 this morning (now 10:30) and I'm down 23% and aside from some texts, and push emails from work, I haven't used it. I haven't used it on purpose...this thing destroys the battery. Every 1% it goes down I lose 23 minutes...I am no way getting close to 23 minutes in between each loss. Maybe I got a bad one...I don't know. I did a factory reset it helped for a minute. I was going to get my wife one, but she depends on it for her job, no way could I get her one with the battery life being so spotty. Hopefully the next update fixes the issues. My 1520 would go all day without a hiccup.
    12-02-2015 10:44 AM
  4. oldpueblo's Avatar
    Are you using it at all? LOL. I have had mine off the charger since 8:30 this morning (now 10:30) and I'm down 23% and aside from some texts, and push emails from work, I haven't used it. I haven't used it on purpose...this thing destroys the battery. Every 1% it goes down I lose 23 minutes...I am no way getting close to 23 minutes in between each loss. Maybe I got a bad one...I don't know. I did a factory reset it helped for a minute. I was going to get my wife one, but she depends on it for her job, no way could I get her one with the battery life being so spotty. Hopefully the next update fixes the issues. My 1520 would go all day without a hiccup.
    Out of curiosity, an you list your battery stats? What surprised me yesterday was that messaging was my highest drain app at 23% and I wonder if it has to do more with the integration of skype maybe always running in the background. Because I definitely wasn't messaging that much.

    I just realized that was all my texts finally restoring, yay!
    Last edited by oldpueblo; 12-02-2015 at 12:32 PM.
    12-02-2015 11:16 AM
  5. ericr42's Avatar
    Mine just arrived today. I don't even have it in hand yet, but its waiting for me at home. It is the black, unlocked 950 from microsoftstore.com. Looking forward to fiddling with it over the next few days although I probably won't start using it in earnest until my Mozo flip case arrives next week sometime.
    12-02-2015 03:55 PM
  6. ACF1's Avatar
    I received my unlocked dually 950 from MS yesterday. I set it up from scratch to avoid some of the issues folks have had after a restore from back-up. So far I'm delighted. It's a big upgrade from the Lumia 735 I was using on the insider program. To early to tell on battery life, but it seems fine so far.
    Does the 950 unlocked has the same AT&T LTE provisioning issues as the 950XL? Or did you use an existing sim?
    12-02-2015 04:45 PM
  7. abivaanenopi's Avatar
    Just got my 950 in white! Good stuff :)
    12-03-2015 05:10 PM
  8. Rem97's Avatar
    Mine just arrived today. I don't even have it in hand yet, but its waiting for me at home. It is the black, unlocked 950 from microsoftstore.com. Looking forward to fiddling with it over the next few days although I probably won't start using it in earnest until my Mozo flip case arrives next week sometime.
    When and where did you order the Mozo cover from? I can't find anywhere that currently has them in stock.
    12-03-2015 07:01 PM
  9. KrisYYC's Avatar
    Just bought the 950 unlocked from the MS here in Calgary. It is dual SIM. Also to note it doesn't appear the Canadian MS stores are carrying the 950 in white. Only black. The XL however is available in both. Still in the process of setting mine up. So far so good!
    12-03-2015 07:37 PM
  10. alphaswift's Avatar
    First impressions being important, consider me very impressed with my N950.

    I won't repeat a lot of what's already been said about the phone itself (screen and build quality are very good) but as a Android convert I am pretty happy with the results so far. The 'App Gap' was one of three big worries I had. The good news is that all of my apps except one have been replaced ( Cineplex -- no buying movie tix via app...not a big deal ). Now, I'm not a 18 year old girl so I don't use stuff like InstaSnap or FaceTindr so your mileage may vary.

    My second fear was being to connect my phone to the UConnect unit in my Jeep Cherokee. This was not a problem, in fact it was flawless and seems to work better than my Android ( Note 3 ) including pulling in the phonebook and even showing me my text messages. My daughter said voice call quality via the UConnect/N950 was better than before, so I guess the connection/integration is tighter.

    Lastly, I was a big fan of the Samsung G2 smartwatch with the notifications and fitness tracking. I did pickup the Band 2 with the 950 and am liking this setup. My only regret is not being able to answer a call on my Band 2. Answering calls on my wrist was nice on the few occasions I left my phone somewhere nearby.

    All in all, I'm pretty happy and expect I'll be keeping this phone for my usual 2+ years. If you're coming from Android and stick to mainstream apps, I expect you'll be fine.
    12-03-2015 09:13 PM
  11. KrisYYC's Avatar
    Earlier today I picked an unlocked 950 dual SIM from the Microsoft Store in Calgary (Canada). I've been using it for about 6 hours now and haven't had any of the bugs reported by others on here really. The odd app download had to be refreshed (paused and then restarted) but it worked every time after that. I've had no issues whatsoever with notifications, emails, or syncing with my car. Nothing has crashed though the odd app has had a hiccup.

    The phone did get a bit warm during initial set up and downloading a lot of apps. But in normal use it's fine.

    The battery was at about 40% out of the box. I let it drain a bit while doing set up and then did a full charge. After unplugging it at 100% it dropped to 95% within a few mins but then went back to what I consider pretty normal battery life for a smartphone. I've been on it constantly organizing my start screen and texting people and after about 5 hours it was down to 50%. Normal day to day use I expect decent battery life.

    Overall I'm very impressed so far. Phone is perfect size for me, screen looks great. Phone is snappy and runs smooth. Battery charges very quickly. I haven't had a chance to put the camera through its paces yet but that'll come.

    Of note: I didn't restore a backup from an older phone on this. Only my contacts.

    Edit: Just had my first voice call. Using the earphones that came with my Lumia 1020. Call quality was very good and the person I was talking to said I sounded clear as well, but not quite as clear as my 1020.
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    12-04-2015 01:23 AM
  12. Roland Stoll's Avatar
    got my Lumia 950 yesterday (from Amazon Germany)... and my MOZO leather cover 2 days before... :-)
    both together match extremely good, feels like a real premium device!
    I already used W10m as a daily driver for about 3 month on my Lumia 930, so not so much surprise on this side.
    One exception: I got "Visual Voice Mail" running (with O2 Germany) - never did work with the Lumia 930, and shouldn't work as confirmed by the O2 hotline... ;)

    So here some experiences about the common "issues":

    battery
    with "normal" use (maybe a little more extensive than normal due to playing around more than usual): 10:35h running with 78% left... :)
    Glance: on
    Windows hello: on
    Hey Cortana: off (not yet available in Germany)
    Edge "pre-render": off

    camera
    The camera of the Lumia 930 was already damn good, but the camera of the Lumia 950 is even better! yeah, like it!

    Windows hello / iris scan
    for me it works pretty good, even in dark situations! I would say 1 of 20 times fail, but as it is still "beta" I can live with it.

    display
    directly compared to the Lumia 930 colors seem to be more cleaner (white is white and not a yellow-white on the Lumia 930).
    on the other hand colors seem to be colder - but I like it so far.
    Sure I can still (as already on the Lumia 930) setup the color profile - but no use so far for me.

    build quality
    I don't have anything to complain! especially with the leather MOZO cover it feels damn good!
    TBH the frame and the button quality of Lumia 930 were better, but on the other hand there are so many improvements on the Lumia 950 (replaceable cover, replaceable battery, AMOLED screen with glance, iris scan, etc.) so imho the Lumia 950 is much superior to the Lumia 930...

    app gap
    what is this? :-) honestly all apps I need I have... might be different to other users...

    CONCLUSION:
    still some minor things that have to be improved OS-side (e.g. double-tap to wake, better/faster sync of outlook, etc.)
    but hardware-side there is nothing to complain and a lot to enjoy imho...
    If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
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    12-04-2015 05:01 AM
  13. Rificzech's Avatar
    Edge "pre-render": off
    What is this and where can I find this settings to turn it off? Does it save battery when off?
    12-04-2015 05:21 AM
  14. robert peake's Avatar
    I had so many problems with the 820 that I ended up selling it and leaving the 0S, I then went android for a couple of years but found the battery life just as bad, then I came back to Microsoft with the 635, then the 735 and then the 640 and now the 950.

    I had seen similar threads and was starting to worry what I had done, especially as im the UK and I bought my phone from Europe so wondered if I had lots of issues how I was going to return it.

    after reading lots of threads I set the 950 up as a new phone connecting to my windows account, but downloading all the apps again. First impressions are really good, screen is beautiful and no lag from mine at all. I did notice when turning it on there is a very small dot in the top left corner (purple like) but that goes once the screen is turned on.i

    ive only charged it last night and had a play around setting up email accounts and facebook etc this morning as well as playing music for 30 mins into work and that's took drop the battery to 65% but looking at other threads people have said stick with it and it sorts itself out. Its currently on charge on my desk at the moment.

    just a few observations I can make after the short time ive had it.

    Hello works incredibly well, I love it never had any issues with it, and I tried with glasses and still worked this morning. Made my daughter jealous as she doesn't have it on her iphone 6 lol.

    love the size of it, feels thin but not flimsy and cheap. I went for the white but I have a moza cover coming for it and im sure the silver bezel will make it look more premium

    Camera seems amazing I thought the iphone 6 had a good camera and it might the combination of the screen and the camera but the photos look crystal clear, very impressed.

    I cant see to find the office app, you know the red icon one that use to take me into my spreadsheets etc.

    so of the apps keep crashing still so hopefully in a few weeks that will be sorted out, for instance amazon app open I put my log in details in and then it crashes, same with the ebay app I go to type in log in details and the screen goes black and nothing happens.

    The silver buttons on the side feel a bit flimsy and cheap, not sure how long they are going to last, but love the dedicated camera button, just going to have to get use to one.

    the photo tile on my 640 could show what you had as favourited and just cycle through them, now it only has recent or a single picture, no a biggy but I liked how it was before, same with the folders, now its seems you have collection / albums / folders. In folders it splits out to pictures on the phone and then SD card. its just, its just a few more clicks that's all.

    There doesn't seem to be a battery saver on there now, I use to like turning off the things running in the background to save batter.

    overall really impressed with it, and its definitely a jump up from the 640. Just probably needs a few software tweeks to get it performing properly.
    12-04-2015 06:15 AM
  15. dKp1977's Avatar
    Thanks for the brief review. Nice to see someone enjoying his new device. :)

    I cant see to find the office app, you know the red icon one that use to take me into my spreadsheets etc.
    In WM10 it's not a single Office App from where you launch directly into your documents, but serpareted apps:

    OneNote (I know, that's always been a separate app)
    Excel
    Word
    PowerPoint

    the photo tile on my 640 could show what you had as favourited and just cycle through them, now it only has recent or a single picture, no a biggy but I liked how it was before,
    Seems your photo app isn't up to date. It's been recently added, so you can actually mark pictures as favorites again and have the tile show these.


    There doesn't seem to be a battery saver on there now, I use to like turning off the things running in the background to save batter.
    There is. Go to settings -> System.. Battery saver is right there. Not sure if it's still called this way, my device is German. If you tap and hold the list entry, you can pin it to the start screen. Kinda useless though, is it doesn't have a live tile anymore. Unlike it did in WP8.1.
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    12-04-2015 06:34 AM
  16. Alberto Brusa's Avatar
    -Just a few tips for you, office apps are now separate and fully featured apps - Word Excel and Powerpoint
    -Battery saver is there, both in action center, and you can search it in settings. I suggest you spend some times in settings and personalize battery saver setting and glance settings.
    Have fun with the new phone :)

    Just noticed someone already replied in more detail then me, never mind :p
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    12-04-2015 06:50 AM
  17. Roland Stoll's Avatar
    What is this and where can I find this settings to turn it off? Does it save battery when off?
    not sure about the (english) wording cause I got it German, but:
    edge -> setting -> extended settings -> page pre-render

    if edge is not in use, it doesn't have any impact, but people complain about heavy battery usage when using edge...
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    12-04-2015 07:02 AM
  18. robert peake's Avatar
    thanks for all the replies just seen the battery saver and didn't spot the change background app settings, so ive turned a lot of things off from running in the background now. And same about the one place for office, I use to open it and word and excel would be in one place but ive just pinned an excel shortcut and word shortcut to the front screen.

    having all sorts of issues trying to pin my works outlook account to my front screen, I guess something is up with the settings I did it yesterday deleted it and can find the email account under account settings but cant find a way of pinning it to the front screen.

    just been under store and checked for updates and there are about 15 to do for various apps, one for lumia camera so watching them update now.

    thanks once again, everyone at work today was checking the phone and even had a couple of iphone users say it looks smart

    quick update, the download worked wonders and all my favourites are back, thanks very much. So just got to try to find how to pin my outlook to my frontscreen, I think I made the mistake of syncing everything so it may take a while and after that I can pin it.
    12-04-2015 09:04 AM
  19. ericr42's Avatar
    Finally have my dual-SIM, unlocked 950 from Microsoft! I am resisting the urge to set it up right now based on the Windows Central article that mentioned possible LTE issues setting up an unlocked device without a SIM. As soon as I get the nano SIM from AT&T, I'll be heads down :-).

    I think I'm going to NOT do a restore as I've read about some folks having issues there as well. Besides, setting up from scratch will give me a little quality time with my new friend.
    12-04-2015 09:04 AM
  20. dKp1977's Avatar
    thanks for all the replies just seen the battery saver and didn't spot the change background app settings, so ive turned a lot of things off from running in the background now. And same about the one place for office, I use to open it and word and excel would be in one place but ive just pinned an excel shortcut and word shortcut to the front screen.

    having all sorts of issues trying to pin my works outlook account to my front screen, I guess something is up with the settings I did it yesterday deleted it and can find the email account under account settings but cant find a way of pinning it to the front screen.

    also how can work out where to up date my photo app so that I can do the favourites.

    thanks once again, everyone at work today was checking the phone and even had a couple of iphone users say it looks smart
    If you have more than just one email account configured on your device, each of them should show up in the apps list. Tap and hold just as usual to pin it to the start screen. If you want to pin individual email folders, open the email app, tap the hamburger menu in the top left, tap and hold the folder you want to pin and choose "pin to start".

    As for the app update for the photos app, just launch the store app, tap the hamburger menu and tap Downloads and Updates about half way down the menu. Now tap the "search for updates" button (or whatever it is called, my device is German). If there's an update for the photos app, it should appear once the search is completed. Another way is to just search for the particular app. If there's an update pending for it, the usual "open" or "install" button should instead be an "update" button.

    If there's no update for the app, I'm out of ideas, as the most recent version of the app should definitely have an option to set your favorite pictures as live tile cycle. You can check from here:

    Launch photos app -> tap the tiny 3 dots in the bottom right of the screen -> choose "Settings" on the left side of the menu -> tap the drop down for "Live Tile" (or Tile, not sure..Again, German device) and pick "Favorites". That's about it.
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    12-04-2015 09:05 AM
  21. mkenyon2's Avatar
    Finally have my dual-SIM, unlocked 950 from Microsoft! I am resisting the urge to set it up right now based on the Windows Central article that mentioned possible LTE issues setting up an unlocked device without a SIM. As soon as I get the nano SIM from AT&T, I'll be heads down :-).

    I think I'm going to NOT do a restore as I've read about some folks having issues there as well. Besides, setting up from scratch will give me a little quality time with my new friend.
    I've got the single-SIM AT&T 950, and have done 2 restores. When I first go the phone, I restored from my last backup off my 920 from the day before. Then I thought I had an issue that needed a hard reset (it didn't) and restored from a backup from the 950. Both seemed to work fine.
    YMMV

    PS Not all apps brought user data over, but I think that is more an issue of app design, not the backup/restore.
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    12-04-2015 09:10 AM
  22. robert peake's Avatar
    thanks for your advice on this, yes got that all sorted and working now. strangely I have a mixture of yahoo and gmail accounts, but they are not in the app list, I managed to open the outlook app pinned that to the start and then as you say there is a hamburger menu.

    thanks once again to all for the advice, would have took me days to get it sorted out.
    12-04-2015 09:32 AM
  23. stoneshop's Avatar
    I have been using my L950 for exactly a week now and I don't recognize my phone in the reviews I read here. Let me first describe what kind of user I am. I think I'm what you call a moderate user. Some internet, email, reading the news, shopping, banking, YouTube and some listening to music. I think I am actually using the phone around 4 to 5 hours a day. No games.

    I set the phone up by restoring it from the back-up of my L920 that was running the latest build of W10M. Set-up was really smooth. Only thing was that the store was telling me there were updates for the pre installed apps that I had already removed. I solved that by starting the updates and then immediately cancelling them. I set-up Glance (always on in night mode) and Hello.

    I didn't change much in the standard settings and with Glance and Hello activated and Bluetooth and wifi always on, my battery life is really great. Even better than my L920 when it is was still on WP8. I pick it up from the wireless charger around 07:00 and at the end of the day, 23:00 I have always 20% or more left.

    Hello is working great for me (wearing glasses). I find it more accurate and faster than the fingerprint scanner on my iPad Air 2. I just have to hold it at my normal reading distance, not look at the screen but at the top of the screen where the actual infrared scanner is located and maybe open my eyes just a little bit wider than I do normally (it doesn't look funny )

    Camera is, compared to the L920 and my son in law's iPhone 6S +, outstanding. Also no need to change much to the standard settings. I love the possibility to change lighting after taking the picture.

    Maybe I just received one of the few good ones but I am loving it. Only waiting for my Mozo cover ordered at Mobilefun. Anyone here already received any of the Mozo covers from them? They keep postponing blaming Mozo.
    Last edited by stoneshop; 12-04-2015 at 11:14 AM.
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    12-04-2015 09:37 AM
  24. dKp1977's Avatar
    thanks for your advice on this, yes got that all sorted and working now. strangely I have a mixture of yahoo and gmail accounts, but they are not in the app list, I managed to open the outlook app pinned that to the start and then as you say there is a hamburger menu.

    thanks once again to all for the advice, would have took me days to get it sorted out.
    My pleasure, you're welcome. :) These forums are a pretty good place in terms of help.
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    12-04-2015 09:39 AM
  25. Noel Garner's Avatar
    I have just taken delivery of a Lumia 950. The instructions make very clear NOT to press the power button until you have inserted a SIM. I lifted the phone out of its packaging to look at it, and then put it back into the packaging, but turned round 180 degrees. What can POSSIBLY be wrong with that? The packaging is shaped so if you put it back in the moulded packaging the other way round (unless you look really closely the depression into which the phone fits is the same both sides) it depresses and holds in the power button, so it fires up. Awesome fail, and I've done nothing yet!!!! I couldn't stop it initially booting up. Hope it hasn't messed something up.
    12-04-2015 11:53 AM
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