10-12-2016 08:36 PM
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  1. Bobvfr's Avatar
    OK I bit the bullet yesterday and ordered a 950 in white for my wife from the MS store with the free dock, to replace her two year old 830, I had forgotten it was her birthday in late October.

    This will give us two docking stations in the house so it may be an idea to buy another monitor that is dedicated to the phones.............

    I have to say, I hate other people using my PC and refuse to let her sit at my desk and use my desktop, If she didn't have a Surface Pro I would just tell her that from now on the 950 was her phone and her PC and see how she gets on with it
    JohnStrk likes this.
    09-25-2016 08:29 AM
  2. City Guy's Avatar
    Greetings

    Just a follow up and a question

    So far, the 950 continues to exceed my expectations. I personally think the WIN 10 phone operating system is light years ahead of the insanely popular device I formerly used. The Edge favorites are populating, although slowly, which as I have read on this forum is not unusual.

    I do have another question, the micro SD card currently in the 950 is an older and slower version. I'm thinking of upgrading the card to high capacity 200 GB. Any recommendations?
    And will I be able to transfer the data from the existing SD card to the new SD card, using this method:
    Remove SD card from phone, place in desktop computer and move files to the desktop computer.
    Insert new SD card into desktop computer and transfer files to new SD
    Install new SD card in 950

    Is there a better way to do this?

    Finally, I'm still amazed that so many people have continuing problems with their 950. I suspect that the 950's they purchased have hardware defects.

    I'm surprised that Microsoft appears to be discontinuing the 950 and 950 XL, the WIN operating system is great (FANTASTIC) compared to the iOS, and extremely useful. I really think that Microsoft will be releasing an updated version or the long rumored Surface phone in the near future.

    Thanks in advance.
    Chintan Gohel likes this.
    09-25-2016 08:51 AM
  3. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    Greetings

    Just a follow up and a question

    So far, the 950 continues to exceed my expectations. I personally think the WIN 10 phone operating system is light years ahead of the insanely popular device I formerly used. The Edge favorites are populating, although slowly, which as I have read on this forum is not unusual.

    I do have another question, the micro SD card currently in the 950 is an older and slower version. I'm thinking of upgrading the card to high capacity 200 GB. Any recommendations?
    And will I be able to transfer the data from the existing SD card to the new SD card, using this method:
    Remove SD card from phone, place in desktop computer and move files to the desktop computer.
    Insert new SD card into desktop computer and transfer files to new SD
    Install new SD card in 950

    Is there a better way to do this?

    Finally, I'm still amazed that so many people have continuing problems with their 950. I suspect that the 950's they purchased have hardware defects.

    I'm surprised that Microsoft appears to be discontinuing the 950 and 950 XL, the WIN operating system is great (FANTASTIC) compared to the iOS, and extremely useful. I really think that Microsoft will be releasing an updated version or the long rumored Surface phone in the near future.

    Thanks in advance.
    I think your transfer method would work but maybe not with apps

    Secondly, I would recommend getting transcend if you can find it - I've never heard of anyone complaining about them (including me)

    The 950 are no longer being manufactured for certain countries - I think that's the most clear answer - reasons? Low demand maybe

    The OS will continue to be updated for a long time as there are no signs of them dumping such an integral part of the unified OS platform
    libra89 likes this.
    09-25-2016 09:17 AM
  4. City Guy's Avatar
    Greetings Chintan,

    Thanks for the advice. How would you recommend that I exchange the SD for an SD card with a larger capacity?
    09-25-2016 09:46 AM
  5. anon(9813806)'s Avatar
    I have a dilemma similar to the OP's
    I own a Lumia 650 (even wrote a review somewhere around here, praising the phone). I'm fairly happy with it, but I wanna do something nice for myself and purchasing a new phone seems just about right. So while happy with L650, I really want a flagship phone this time around. Something that's fast and reliable (opening the Facebook or Messenger apps on my 650 can take several long seconds).
    So I guess my point is, is it worth the upgrade? Is there someone around here who owned a lower/mid range Lumia and upgraded to 950? Does it run fast and smoothly? I guess I just can't tell if the slow performance of my Lumia is due to its weaker hardware or are just W10 apps generally slower than apps on Android?
    See, I started doing some research on android phones for around 300-400€ (which is what I'd pay for the 950XL, approximately) and I already hate most of them. But if the software is faster and the overall experience better, I don't think my love for the Live Tiles and the general aesthetic of the W10M will keep me from switching.
    Anyway, thanks for any advice or experience you might share. :)
    09-27-2016 06:53 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    I have a dilemma similar to the OP's
    I own a Lumia 650 (even wrote a review somewhere around here, praising the phone). I'm fairly happy with it, but I wanna do something nice for myself and purchasing a new phone seems just about right. So while happy with L650, I really want a flagship phone this time around. Something that's fast and reliable (opening the Facebook or Messenger apps on my 650 can take several long seconds).
    So I guess my point is, is it worth the upgrade? Is there someone around here who owned a lower/mid range Lumia and upgraded to 950? Does it run fast and smoothly? I guess I just can't tell if the slow performance of my Lumia is due to its weaker hardware or are just W10 apps generally slower than apps on Android?
    See, I started doing some research on android phones for around 300-400 (which is what I'd pay for the 950XL, approximately) and I already hate most of them. But if the software is faster and the overall experience better, I don't think my love for the Live Tiles and the general aesthetic of the W10M will keep me from switching.
    Anyway, thanks for any advice or experience you might share. :)
    I have a 640, I tried the 950, and I would say that it is worth the upgrade. It does run smoothly, and also fast too. Some apps are slightly slower. If you can find it for a nice price, I would suggest taking a chance, The software still has general issues because it is new, but you wouldn't really notice them. If you don't care for the Display Dock, I recommend getting it secondhand.

    You might wonder why I say "tried" and not that I own it. Short answer is the battery life didn't work for the way I use the phone personally.
    09-27-2016 07:18 AM
  7. natna's Avatar
    Do not buy the 950.

    Mine overheats,
    has bad battery/power management,
    double tap to wake is lame,
    auto brightness is not working well,
    it shows black screen when they call me for 15-20 seconds,
    make calls on it's own mind.

    Every new update makes something worse.

    Not even 80 usd chinese clones have so many problems...
    Timbre70 likes this.
    09-28-2016 09:22 AM
  8. rusty502's Avatar
    Had my 950 since January......love it......has gotten much better with time.....I have not experienced these issues....and I consider myself a heavy user.

    Sent from mTalk
    09-28-2016 10:10 AM
  9. Bobvfr's Avatar
    My boy went to the UPS pick up shop today and they wouldn't give it to him so I managed to get off work a bit early, got it and it is charging and going through the setup now.

    I will compare notes with you later on Natna, but if my 950XL is anything to go by I am looking forward to see how good it is, have you done a hard reset?
    09-28-2016 10:10 AM
  10. vhl71's Avatar
    My experience with Lumia 950. After using BlackBerry for a long time, it was about to get a new device since bb10 is dead. So about a year ago, i tried pretty much every android device out there only to return them. Couldn't stand android layout and felt is quite cumbersome to do simple things that I used to take for granted in bb10.

    Then bought the 950 when it was launched a d was quite happy for a while. Then I got bored with lack of apps and the browser. The edge isn't really that good compared to Chrome or safari. Many of my regular websites won't work properly and the outlook email app is surprisingly better on android. I really missed the BlackBerry Hub where it's a one stop for all my needs. The BlackBerry keyboard is the best in the business.

    So when BlackBerry announced dtek50 I ended up buying that and quite like it so far. It's still android but BlackBerry has done a great job of making it comparable to bb10. The hub works flawlessly and it's lot less cluttered that the other android versions.

    So now hopefully BlackBerry can still release other android phones even though they've just announced they are no longer going to be making devices on their own. Hopefully like dtek they'll get the hardware from other manufacturers and put their OS.
    leandrodp2016 likes this.
    09-28-2016 11:54 AM
  11. anon(9813806)'s Avatar
    Thanks for the reply, libra89.
    Sadly, I think I'll still go with buying an android phone and just wait until MS gets its head back in the game and releases a great new device with fast and stable OS. It's gonna be painful :(
    libra89 likes this.
    09-29-2016 06:05 AM
  12. natna's Avatar
    My boy went to the UPS pick up shop today and they wouldn't give it to him so I managed to get off work a bit early, got it and it is charging and going through the setup now.

    I will compare notes with you later on Natna, but if my 950XL is anything to go by I am looking forward to see how good it is, have you done a hard reset?
    No I haven't.
    I don't wan't to.

    I noticed I had about 2Gb memory left and I freed another 4-5 gb. It started acting ok but after 24 hours the problem surfaced again without installing or downloading anything...

    So as soon as I learn how to back up my contacts, I'm gona flash it with a previous rom.
    leandrodp2016 likes this.
    09-29-2016 12:13 PM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply, libra89.
    Sadly, I think I'll still go with buying an android phone and just wait until MS gets its head back in the game and releases a great new device with fast and stable OS. It's gonna be painful :(
    You're welcome.

    Choose wisely, this is a great time to dabble there.
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-29-2016 07:57 PM
  14. mweflen's Avatar
    I have a dilemma similar to the OP's
    I own a Lumia 650 (even wrote a review somewhere around here, praising the phone). I'm fairly happy with it, but I wanna do something nice for myself and purchasing a new phone seems just about right. So while happy with L650, I really want a flagship phone this time around. Something that's fast and reliable (opening the Facebook or Messenger apps on my 650 can take several long seconds).
    So I guess my point is, is it worth the upgrade? Is there someone around here who owned a lower/mid range Lumia and upgraded to 950? Does it run fast and smoothly? I guess I just can't tell if the slow performance of my Lumia is due to its weaker hardware or are just W10 apps generally slower than apps on Android?
    See, I started doing some research on android phones for around 300-400€ (which is what I'd pay for the 950XL, approximately) and I already hate most of them. But if the software is faster and the overall experience better, I don't think my love for the Live Tiles and the general aesthetic of the W10M will keep me from switching.
    Anyway, thanks for any advice or experience you might share. :)
    My daily driver was a 1020 on WP8.1. I bought a 640 for $30 to use as a music player and try out W10M (Insider Fast Ring). I thought it was garbage early on, but each build got better. When the price drop hit, I got a 950 and put it on Release Preview to get the anniversary update (my 1020 was 2 years old and starting to show diminished battery life).

    I can tell you unequivocally, the 950 is way faster than both of the older phones. There are almost never any "resuming..." screens. The camera is blazing fast compared to what I was used to, and takes very good (perhaps not great, compared to 1020) pictures. Facebook and Messenger are slow on the app side, not the hardware side. FB has focused on feature parity (finally), but not performance parity. We take what we can get, I guess. The W10M software is butter smooth and a joy to use on the 950. The screen is beautiful and the feel in hand is luxe.The back is uninspiring but not nearly as ugly as some have claimed. I have a clear TPU case and think my phone looks pretty swank.

    Battery life is good enough to last a day, but not much more. On some days I take an hour long bus ride bus to work and have about two hours of heavy use on my phone. That will bring it down by about 15% each trip. Outside of those heavy hours, I lose maybe 2% per hour when idle, 3-5% per hour when doing light stuff like playing music or checking email. My conclusion is that the QHD display is the real battery killer.

    Bottom line: if you don't really care for Android anyway and love the live tile interface (I count myself in this category), this is a no-brainer. It's a very good phone for not a lot of money (now). If, however, you're indifferent to OS and want the latest apps, and quality for the dollar, Android might be a better bet. There are some amazing mid-rangers coming from the likes of Honor, One Plus, LG, and so on.

    I am also big on camera performance, and I am convinced that the 950 sits at the top of the pack with the likes of iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy Note 7. Since it is now half the cost of those flagships, but still is at rough hardware parity with them, it's a no-brainer on this score for me. Mid-range Android phones just don't satisfy me on camera, so they're a non starter for me personally.
    agaskew and Timbre70 like this.
    09-29-2016 11:16 PM
  15. agaskew's Avatar
    Nice post.

    Summary: Don't buy an iPhone ;)
    10-03-2016 05:46 AM
  16. BritDad's Avatar
    I have just bought two 950s for myself and my wife , for EUR299 each from the MS Store. No contract, just pay as you go, so minimal monthly costs thanks to wifi internet and offline navigation (no data) filling our needs. Black is out of stock, so got white, although we are both putting a Mozo cover on it anyway. OS and app updates took a couple of hours, but absolutely no stability issues via the standard updates (not Insider program). All settings saved from our previous Lumia 820s so setup is easy. Wireless charging works very well, no overheating or warmth from the phone at all. Great camera, apps load fast and run smoothly, and all the banking and other apps we want, are available. We aren't teenagers so don't need Snapchat or Pokemon. Very much recommended, especially since you know Windows 10 Mobile OS is going to be updated monthly for the forseeable future, so no security worries like Android, and it's less than half the price of an iPhone, for arguably better hardware (certainly a bigger battery, more storage and better camera). Just make sure to keep the Microsoft version of Facebook installed, since that runs much smoother than the new Facebook Facebook app.
    Last edited by BritDad; 10-03-2016 at 10:17 AM.
    10-03-2016 10:00 AM
  17. dicks-webos's Avatar
    I just bought a 6 week old 950DS with the brown MOZO cover for just 235€. With the latest firmware update and RS2 coming soon (which runs great on my 930 already), I am really looking forward to the upgrade. Specifically the camera (I am in photography and the Lumias are great for that) and Windows Hello should be cool. 5,2" vs. 5,0 is nice too.
    10-04-2016 12:52 AM
  18. deccyboy's Avatar
    What is the screen brightness at night like compared to the 930? Can it be set lower so as to not to light up the entire room?
    10-04-2016 06:03 AM
  19. Marc Archambault1's Avatar
    Just purchased a brand new used off of kijiji for $200 Canadian. I had a 1020 but it died so I was stuck using my company provided iPhone 5s for the past year... I love the windows os : ) I will say a couple of apps are missing or are no longer compatible. Proshot camera is charging me again? Lumia Refocus not compatible, any suggestions?
    10-04-2016 10:15 AM
  20. sidtek50's Avatar
    I'm very close to buying a 950 but need someone to give me a real world example of battery life. More and more I find myself away from a power socket and I really need my phone to last a minimum of 1.5 days. If this is possible whilst doing light web surfing and taking photographs I'll get one

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    10-04-2016 06:33 PM
  21. TgeekB's Avatar
    Difficult to say but it does have a removable battery so you could always carry an extra one if need be.

    Originally posted by sidtek50
    I'm very close to buying a 950 but need someone to give me a real world example of battery life. More and more I find myself away from a power socket and I really need my phone to last a minimum of 1.5 days. If this is possible whilst doing light web surfing and taking photographs I'll get one

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    10-04-2016 07:39 PM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    I'm very close to buying a 950 but need someone to give me a real world example of battery life. More and more I find myself away from a power socket and I really need my phone to last a minimum of 1.5 days. If this is possible whilst doing light web surfing and taking photographs I'll get one

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    I don;t know if it will make it there for you. Edge is a serious battery drain.
    10-04-2016 08:45 PM
  23. dicks-webos's Avatar
    What is the screen brightness at night like compared to the 930? Can it be set lower so as to not to light up the entire room?
    Yes, it is much brighter than the 930 so I turned it down to like 20%. The migration was a breeze. I restored the 930 backup on the 950 and was ready to go after re-entering the passwords for my email accounts. Really nice!
    10-05-2016 03:42 AM
  24. Michael Bromley's Avatar
    Haven't been to these forums for a while, which means I haven't had any issues for a while. I dropped by to see what's up, not in need of anything. Glad to see others enjoying this wonderful device.

    Since the summer updates my 950 has been a stable work horse, esp. regarding Win 10 integration w my other devices, Bluetooth syncing, and taking pics and vids of a new puppy.

    For the sake of the discontented, I'll add only complaint being that when streaming on wifi, if I move out of range the stream cuts as it switches to cellular. I only stream some radio programs using iHeart, so dunno if this would happen in other cases. .

    Honestly, this is a great phone and OS.
    10-05-2016 08:55 AM
  25. mweflen's Avatar
    I'm very close to buying a 950 but need someone to give me a real world example of battery life. More and more I find myself away from a power socket and I really need my phone to last a minimum of 1.5 days. If this is possible whilst doing light web surfing and taking photographs I'll get one

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    I think 1.25 days is relatively easy to achieve just by being judicious (turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed, setting some apps to "never in the background," turning down brightness). 1.5 days is a stretch. Maybe on Battery Saver, which turns off a lot of notifications.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-05-2016 09:01 AM
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