1. Gamu's Avatar
    Hi all,

    After sporting a Lumia 920 and then a 950, I am reluctantly looking to move to and Android handset. The lack of apps to allow sensible compatibility with the systems I use at work mean I need get a different device, so sadly the 950 is going into retirement.

    I want a phone that is at least as 'good' as the 950 by spending as little money as I can, but am not sure what an equivalent would be, in terms of performance and camera? I am thinking of getting the Moto G5S Plus, I am assuming this will be better than the 950? I'm not talking about OS design, availability of apps, build quality etc, more speed, screen quality, camera etc.

    Any pointers would be appreciated.

    Cheers.

    Gareth
    09-06-2017 11:20 AM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    The Moto G5S Plus is a great device. Everything about it should make you happy. The camera however might not be as good as the 950. What is your budget like? Based on that there might be some good recommendations.

    LG G5 from last year is a great device and excellent camera for the price. Deals can be had for this phone for about $200 new.

    If your budget is around $250, I would recommend the S7 or S7 edge as well.

    Huawei Honor 8 is a great device with excellent cameras for the price as well.

    Good luck with your search.
    09-06-2017 11:55 AM
  3. Travis Flenker's Avatar
    I second the S7 or S7 edge.

    There are enough customization options in Android to make just about any phone feel passably like W10M that I'd say get the best phone in your budget and, unless you are really inclined to nitpick, you won't be disappointed.
    09-06-2017 12:12 PM
  4. Gamu's Avatar
    Thanks both for your replies, you've put my mind at rest, I think I'm on the right track.

    The S7 does look good, but it's substantially more than the G5S Pro here in the UK, with the S7 around £200 more, so for the time being I'm still thinking the G5S Pro to keep my spend down - if I can get something decent for less than £300 I'll be happy.

    Thanks again.

    Gareth
    09-07-2017 05:29 AM
  5. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Thanks both for your replies, you've put my mind at rest, I think I'm on the right track.

    The S7 does look good, but it's substantially more than the G5S Pro here in the UK, with the S7 around £200 more, so for the time being I'm still thinking the G5S Pro to keep my spend down - if I can get something decent for less than £300 I'll be happy.

    Thanks again.

    Gareth
    Have a look on ebay if you have the time and patience for last second bidders . You can get a Galaxy S5 for pretty cheap second hand (grade a - rarely now, most grade b or c) via the buy it now option. That's the other alternative to get the £££s down. Also there are some S6 options on ebay in the £150 - £290 range)

    There are some Windows Phone launchers but still no comparison to the actual live tile experience imo.
    Guytronic likes this.
    09-07-2017 07:39 AM
  6. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    I left my 950XL for Android also. Just understand that you'll be disappointed with pretty much everything except the quantity and quality of apps.

    PS - Get the Galaxy S8/S8+ for best phone over $400, the Moto Play Z for under $400 (if you're paying outright).
    09-07-2017 08:02 AM
  7. Bobvfr's Avatar
    I have a work supplied Samsung A5 2017 model, slightly lower processing power than the 950 but on a phone how much do you really need especially if it doesn't use Continuum.

    I hate the OS, and apart from the couple of apps produced by my company for in house use, I have put mainly MS products on it. Still hate it though and for my own use I carry my 950XL.
    libra89 likes this.
    09-07-2017 04:18 PM
  8. dlalonde's Avatar
    Oh dear, the Android market is just so big, it all depends what you want.

    If you want stock Android :

    - On low budget, go with a Motorola, the G5 or E4 even. Either the plus version or not accordingly to your size preference.

    - Mid-ranger: still Motorola. The Z Play is a great device and given it's a year old you'll get it cheaper.

    - High budget: The Z2 Play (if software updates don't matter because Motorola's become bad at them), the Google Pixel (better camera than any Motorola device, timely updates, regular security patches and it's a year old so cheaper).

    If any version of Android suits you, my previous examples are still valid but you can throw in the mix the S7 for mid-range price and the S8 for a high budget price. The LG G6 is also apparently very good but I don't like the interface myself. HTC phones are usually pretty good too.

    You should have a look at Mr Mobile on YouTube, that's going to help a lot.
    Laura Knotek and Guytronic like this.
    09-07-2017 04:44 PM
  9. stephanejap's Avatar
    Hi all,

    After sporting a Lumia 920 and then a 950, I am reluctantly looking to move to and Android handset. The lack of apps to allow sensible compatibility with the systems I use at work mean I need get a different device, so sadly the 950 is going into retirement.

    I want a phone that is at least as 'good' as the 950 by spending as little money as I can, but am not sure what an equivalent would be, in terms of performance and camera? I am thinking of getting the Moto G5S Plus, I am assuming this will be better than the 950? I'm not talking about OS design, availability of apps, build quality etc, more speed, screen quality, camera etc.

    Any pointers would be appreciated.

    Cheers.

    Gareth
    If you want a great 950 replacement at a really affordable price, give the OnePlus 5 a try. Stock Android, Snapdragon 835, 6 or 8 Gb RAM, 64 or 128 Gb storage, great camera, awesome design to name a few ($479 or $539). I myself am coming from the Elite X3 and got tired of the game Microsoft has been playing with its most dedicated fans and made the jump last July. I didn't want to go Samsung or any other major brand and I have not been disappointed. I even got the wife the OnePlus 3T to replace her 950xl and she is singing praises for all the things she is now able to get done from the palm of her hand...
    09-07-2017 07:51 PM
  10. NYCMetsPDX's Avatar
    Another upvote for the OnePlus here. Moved from a 950XL to a 3T and it's pretty solid. I miss WP, but stock android is slightly better than the skins that some manufactures layer over the system (Not 100% sure if Moto does this). Good luck and enjoy whatever you end up with!
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-08-2017 11:02 AM
  11. xrs22's Avatar
    One Plus lineup. I'm considering those if WP has nothing else to offer.
    09-11-2017 11:18 PM
  12. PerfectReign's Avatar
    My older son has been happy with his LG phones - a V10 he replaced with a note7 then a v20 to replace the crappy S7 he received in compensation. So far he's happy with the V20.

    Sent from mTalk on my 950xl
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-11-2017 11:34 PM
  13. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    My older son has been happy with his LG phones - a V10 he replaced with a note7 then a v20 to replace the crappy S7 he received in compensation. So far he's happy with the V20.

    Sent from mTalk on my 950xl
    I'm using a V20 that I got a little over 3 weeks ago, and I'm extremely happy with it, especially for the quad DAC and camera.
    Guytronic, libra89 and mark233 like this.
    09-12-2017 12:13 AM
  14. dicks-webos's Avatar
    Huawei P10, iPhone 7, Galaxy S8

    These are the only ones with really comparable cameras.
    09-18-2017 10:56 AM
  15. dfaris's Avatar
    I'm finally getting rid of my 950 also. If MS can't be bothered with phones then I'm going to somebody that likes the phone business. Loved the 950 but its time to go.

    I was looking at the LG V30 or the Samsung S8. I'm leaning towards the V30. Sweet camera and not a lot of bloatware.
    10-11-2017 02:40 PM
  16. Guytronic's Avatar
    I'm finally getting rid of my 950 also.
    If you like phone cameras I'm almost sure you'll enjoy the V30.
    LG has always been on top with their camera hardware in my opinion.
    Laura Knotek and mark233 like this.
    10-11-2017 05:49 PM
  17. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    If you like phone cameras I'm almost sure you'll enjoy the V30.
    LG has always been on top with their camera hardware in my opinion.
    I agree. I have a V20. The only reason I'm not getting the V30 is because I just got the V20 2 months ago.
    mark233, Guytronic and libra89 like this.
    10-11-2017 05:56 PM
  18. JeevanP's Avatar
    If you don't mind with updates get a nexus phone which is a good option considering the cost. Buy that phone and install a custom rom if you can...
    10-12-2017 07:26 AM
  19. agaskew's Avatar
    From what I can see, the LG V20 isnt officially available in the UK, and the OP's original budget is around £300.
    The Moto Z Play is over £300.

    If it were me I'd probably look at either the Huawei P10 Lite (its only £200) or a nearly new Pixel.
    10-13-2017 03:44 AM
  20. Br1an_g's Avatar
    I tried a galaxy s8 and it felt like a slippery bar of soap that I did eventually drop and smash the screen. replaced it with an essential ph1 and it's amazing. very similar form and weight to the 950 and overall a really nice experience. recommended but bit pricey.
    10-16-2017 10:53 AM
  21. almalino's Avatar
    I changed L950 to Moto Z few months ago. If you are looking for a similar form factor then Moto Z is not for your. it is more rounded though oterwise it is a great phone.

    On a side note if you like Windows 10 Metro UI then install "Launcher 10" launcher. It is almost exactly the same as on Lumia 950. There are many others Metro style launchers in Play market. I tried them all but only this one comes close enough.
    10-21-2017 06:01 AM
  22. almalino's Avatar
    I changed L950 to Moto Z few months ago. If you are looking for a similar form factor then Moto Z is not for your. it is more rounded though otherwise it is a great phone.

    On a side note if you like Windows 10 Metro UI then install "Launcher 10" launcher. It is almost exactly the same as on Lumia 950. There are many others Metro style launchers in Play market. I tried them all but only this one comes close enough.
    10-21-2017 06:01 AM
  23. dfaris's Avatar
    I just picked up the LG V30, Nice phone great camera and the same size as the 950 with a larger screen. A little bit of a learning curve going to android but not bad. I feel like I took a step backwards going back to Icons and not live tiles but what can you do.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    Yesterday 03:53 PM
  24. stephanejap's Avatar
    I changed L950 to Moto Z few months ago. If you are looking for a similar form factor then Moto Z is not for your. it is more rounded though oterwise it is a great phone.

    On a side note if you like Windows 10 Metro UI then install "Launcher 10" launcher. It is almost exactly the same as on Lumia 950. There are many others Metro style launchers in Play market. I tried them all but only this one comes close enough.
    Agreed! Launcher 10 works just like Windows Phone 10 UI. You can even have the live tile functionality with the paid version. Love and absolutely recommend it to anyone switching to Android who misses the tiles look.
    Yesterday 07:03 PM

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