11-11-2016 01:05 AM
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  1. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I too love the 950, but thought I would be remiss if I did not try other OS as well (the only smart phones I have had to this point were Windows). I am trying iOS 10 on an iPhone 6S. It is very smooth and functions, there are apps aplenty, but I do miss Windows 10's start screen and live tiles. The app shortage isn't really a concern for me, and I love Continuum. I committed myself to try iOS for a year, but that may be a struggle. I will most likely try Android as well before I make my final decision. At this point I am about a month and a half into iOS, and at this point I would switch back to W10M and the 950.

    I might start a new thread to document my time away from Windows.
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    10-24-2016 01:35 PM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    I might start a new thread to document my time away from Windows.
    Feel free to...or just post in the sticky thread in the General Windows Phone Discussion!

    I find it interesting that you mention that about iOS and how it is been for you. The iPhone is solid, but having no customization is really what makes it hard for me to stick with iOS for a month, never mind a year. I have an iPhone SE...and after about a month, I'm done with wanting to use it because of that. I wish you the best in this journey though.

    Also, not related to the above response, but this thread is great.
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    10-24-2016 02:41 PM
  3. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Thanks to everyone that has commented to my thread, it's great to see some many views and posts.
    10-24-2016 04:31 PM
  4. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I've just got back from a long weekend away with my family and am looking forward to putting my 950 through is paces in my general day to day use. I saw a comment questioning the signal quality, as I only got my new (but 2nd) 950 on Thursday then went away on Friday to a mobile signal unfriendly area, I can't comment, but I will be keeping an eye on it over the coming week.

    I've not seen any issues with the battery life, but coming from the iPhone which's battery isn't all that great so it's no a great comparison. I have to admit, that I am in the situation that I have two batteries for the Lumia 950, as I still have the cracked screen handset which still works all be it that I can not see anything on the screen :-), so I have a spare battery that I could keep charged. Also, because of the iPhones battery life, I've always carried around a portable battery pack in my bag.

    The app issue people mention isn't really an issue, unless more drop of the radar and specifically the ones I use. I am not an app heavy user, I never had that many on my iPhones or Android handsets, and the core apps have a version on Windows, and the missing two I have found practical and minor work arounds.

    As for the likes of Amazon or eBay etc, I never used them on my phone, and to be honest I actually think they are bad as it promotes easy access to buying crap you don't need.

    My concern will be if any more that I use fall to their death.
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    10-24-2016 04:40 PM
  5. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I need to buy a spare mains adaptor for the 950, but can't seem to find one (in the UK). I am concerned about 3rd party options as I know that some people have lost the fast charge capabilities with them. Therefore I want to stay with OEM kit. It is really annoying that the MS Store doesn't have any left which is why I assume they are not selling them.
    10-24-2016 04:44 PM
  6. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Whilst away I sent some photos I took with the 950 (jpeg) to a mate who has a iPhone 6s and he kept asking me if I had a iPhone 7 because the photos looked so good, clean, clear, sharp. I am really pleased with the camera and video on my 950.
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    10-24-2016 04:45 PM
  7. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I've just installed Grover Pro for my Podcasts. What a wonderful app. Does exactly what I need and looks outstanding to boot.

    All I need in an app is a clean UI which looks awesome, and the ability to subscribe, download and play. Nothing more nothing less, and Grover Pro does it perfectly.
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    10-24-2016 05:22 PM
  8. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I've been pretty positive about the 950 on this thread so far but I will point out elements I'm not too keen on. One of these is in the handset design. Firstly let me reiterate that I do love the handset and its design to about 90%. One concern I do have is over it's slippiness, it is a smooth and slippy so in so. The reason I dropped my original 950 handset was that it slipped out of my hand whilst I was typing one handed with it. Hopefully one of the cases I've ordered will meet my desired criteria and drastically reduce the dropsbility factor :-).
    10-24-2016 05:33 PM
  9. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Now a positive. Damn it I love the Start Screen and it's Tile Layout. Using W10M again has made me realise how boring and mundane the iOS and Android app icons are.

    I also love the fact I can adjust the transparency of the tiles. I took a photo of my kids this weekend and set it as the Start Screen image. On the iPhone I would have to strategically place the app icons so not to cover the important elements of the photo which made my screen look crap, but on my Lumia I've just increased the transparency, turned off the Live Tile feature on all tiles I don't need it on and placed them at the top of the start screen, therefore showing the image underneath clearly without compromising the app tile. For all apps I want the Live tile running I've moved them to the bottom of the start page. This is a perfect layout for me.
    10-24-2016 05:41 PM
  10. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Originally posted by ananve
    Please share some photos of your 950 with cases. Would love to see it.
    Will do. Still waiting on delivery of them.
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    10-24-2016 05:55 PM
  11. mattdodwell's Avatar
    One really simple but awesome feature that means I love the 950 is the fact the camera focal length stays the same between stills and video. I shot a lot of video whilst away this weekend, just small reminders of the fun we had, but I was SO pleased with the fact that a quick flick in the camera app to change the function from video to stills didn't warrant a completely recomposure of what I was capturing.

    Same focal length video and still cameras should be an automatic must when OEM's design the handsets etc.
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    10-24-2016 05:59 PM
  12. speccy's Avatar
    W10M is still quite buggy, that's my major gripe. I was on the insider program, but the issues with that drove me back to using the Anniversary Update i.e. the production build that is meant to be stable and is what the general public get. But this has quite a few issues too, the major ones being - not waking up or taking forever to wake up (going from Glance screen to just black), and more recently, when sharing photos via Outlook, the picture attaches to the email as normal, but when the recipient (me in most case on my work email) receives the email, there is no attachment at all. It does this most of the time now, a reboot does not cure this.
    10-25-2016 03:22 AM
  13. mattdodwell's Avatar
    W10M is still quite buggy, that's my major gripe. I was on the insider program, but the issues with that drove me back to using the Anniversary Update i.e. the production build that is meant to be stable and is what the general public get. But this has quite a few issues too, the major ones being - not waking up or taking forever to wake up (going from Glance screen to just black), and more recently, when sharing photos via Outlook, the picture attaches to the email as normal, but when the recipient (me in most case on my work email) receives the email, there is no attachment at all. It does this most of the time now, a reboot does not cure this.
    I guess for me I am not that literate with technical insight and don't notice these things. I do feel that W10M is not as smooth as iOS when using it, but it doesn't really feel that much of an issue on anything I am using it for.

    I guess ignorance is bliss :-)
    10-25-2016 05:20 AM
  14. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I have just realised a minor benefit to the Lumia 950 over the iPhone 6 and onward which is a must.

    The headphone jack is at the top and not bottom of the phone. This used to irritate the heck out of me with the iPhone as I like to put my iPhone in my office (I work from home), sit it in a dock and plug my office speakers into it. I kept ummming and arrrrring about buying a new set of speakers so that iPhone could plug in to them directly via the lighting port, but I could not do it as that would be yet more expense.

    I want the world to force every manufacture to use the same connection so I don't need a million cables (but that is another gripe), for all my different devices.

    I am now looking for a desktop dock for the Lumia 950 (ideally with charging capabilities) so I hopefully can use it with my loved set up and current speakers.
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    10-25-2016 05:39 AM
  15. agaskew's Avatar
    IMO every phone should have a 3.5mm headphone jack, and have it on the top.

    I have had the same issue as speccy with missing email attachments.
    10-25-2016 07:38 AM
  16. speccy's Avatar
    Despite my gripes above, I still prefer it to the alternative IOS and Android options. I am probably going to jump back into the Insiders program in the next day or so too. I came out of the Insider program due to issues with photos and Outlook, and I have similar (but not quite the same issues) on the production ring, so as I'm not much better off in the production ring, I may as well jump back in and have the latest builds once more (or maybe the release previews, rather than the very latest builds).
    10-25-2016 07:39 AM
  17. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Despite my gripes above, I still prefer it to the alternative IOS and Android options. I am probably going to jump back into the Insiders program in the next day or so too. I came out of the Insider program due to issues with photos and Outlook, and I have similar (but not quite the same issues) on the production ring, so as I'm not much better off in the production ring, I may as well jump back in and have the latest builds once more (or maybe the release previews, rather than the very latest builds).
    I have always been curious with the Insider Programme, but to be honest, I am not keen on testing new builds anymore, I am happy to wait until they are released and supposedly stable or in a status for mass use.
    10-25-2016 07:57 AM
  18. agaskew's Avatar
    I was in the Insider Program for a long time, but ducked out a couple of weeks ago and reverted to the latest 'proper' release as it all got pretty buggy.
    10-25-2016 08:04 AM
  19. speccy's Avatar
    I have always been curious with the Insider Programme, but to be honest, I am not keen on testing new builds anymore, I am happy to wait until they are released and supposedly stable or in a status for mass use.
    The official anniversary update is buggy as hell too though, so I probably wouldn't be much worse off as an insider.
    10-25-2016 01:41 PM
  20. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I have been looking at some of the rumour sites in preparation for tomorrows MS event and I am interested in hearing what they have to say. TBH I have very grave doubts they will point anything at Windows Phone (whatever form that takes).

    With the Surface 3 now in operation right now as I work and my 950 playing some tunes behind me, I have realised one thing, it is W10M and the Lumia 950 that has brought me back to Windows. For the past 1- years I have been working on Apple products and the 950 enticed me back.

    I won't ever get a Windows laptop but cansee myself with a Surface Pro if I like the way the Surface and Mobile goes in the future. But, I have to be honest too, if MS **** up W10M and we only get crappy 3rd party handsets in the future, I will not stay with any MS products, so for me, the future of their mobile phone plans is the deciding factor of me investing in their other products in the future.
    10-25-2016 02:42 PM
  21. mattdodwell's Avatar
    Originally posted by mattdodwellFor the past 1- years (that would be 10 years :-)
    10-25-2016 02:48 PM
  22. mattdodwell's Avatar
    I've just solved my 'I need a second mains adaptor' problem. As my 950 came with a free Display Dock I've opened it up to have a look, with no intention of using it, and I done a mains adaptor in there. Now I have one for my office and one for the house. Also I have left the Display Dock in my office so if I can get a VGA to HDMI cable I might try it out.
    10-25-2016 04:08 PM
  23. mattdodwell's Avatar
    All I need now is a spare micro USB cable and plug to put in my office to use for the Surface 3 to save keep pulling the one from the house out.
    10-25-2016 04:10 PM
  24. mattdodwell's Avatar
    A week into my second round of owership of the Lumia 950, and I am loving it more than I did last week. I am loving both the phone and W10M. Yes it's not perfect, but then neither, in my opinion, is iOS/iPhone or Android/Various Handsets.

    I can pick holes in any of the options out there. I am also really enjoying using the Surface 3 and not once have I pined for my iPhone or iPad. I still use an iPhone 6 for work so I have the 950 and iPhone 6 being used in tandom and the iPhone is meh!

    I think people focus too much on what phones can't/don't do instead of what they can do, and does that functionality meeting their needs. There is too much 'longing' for the next thing.

    What I am doing now is seeing if I can swap my use of Evernote for Onenote as Evernote's UI is awful on W10M and the moment and Onenote looks lovely. On the Surface Evernote is much better. So I am doing to reseach and testing into Onenote and if it can meet my needs.
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    10-27-2016 10:53 AM
  25. mattdodwell's Avatar
    MS Edge is such a nice looking browser. I absolutely hated Google's Android offering there UI looks some childish. Edge might have its own issues, I don't know I probably don't use enough functionality to know, but as a browser its really nice looking, it displays webpages beautifully (my experience so far) and it syncs bookmarks.
    10-27-2016 11:40 AM
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