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  1. Scott McBurney's Avatar
    What am I doing with my Lumia 950? Using it every day. I have no inclination to switch to android or iOs at this point, as my 950 works perfectly and does everything I need it to do.

    That being said, in the kitchen cabinet at home I do have a pair of Lumia 920s (both running the last Win10 build that was available for them) and a Lumia 900. I use them occasionally as music players connected to good speakers if I'm hosting a party. And its always good to have a spare in case of emergency.
    Mark Craciun likes this.
    10-31-2017 12:03 PM
  2. tale 85's Avatar
    The app "Stopping Bullets" will no longer be available in the "Microsoft Store" as of Jan 01 2018. Microsoft suggests using the iOS app instead
    raycpl likes this.
    10-31-2017 12:04 PM
  3. Fatfox G's Avatar
    Well my Lumia 650 is currently my secondary device which I'm using it as my "Media" device - Groove Music and social networking.
    And my daily driver is iPhone (pretty obvious, isn't it?) which is fueled by Microsoft apps and services :P ;)
    10-31-2017 12:08 PM
  4. froi francisco's Avatar
    What can you do with your MS abandoned 950xl or other W10M device?

    1. Spoonrest
    2. Door Stopper
    3. Projector Leveler
    4. Drink Coaster

    What other ways can we use these bricks?
    10-31-2017 12:17 PM
  5. froi francisco's Avatar
    What can you do with your MS abandoned 950xl or other W10M device?

    1. Spoonrest
    2. Door Stopper
    3. Projector Leveler
    4. Drink Coaster

    What other ways can we use these bricks?
    Still my current phone. sadly
    10-31-2017 12:20 PM
  6. LincolnAllenKEYone's Avatar
    I dont have one but I would use it to weigh down stack of paper on my desk but then again the phones were never that heavy.
    10-31-2017 12:25 PM
  7. monedetoune's Avatar
    burst my gadget budget this year building a skylake x gaming rig / graphics pc + surface pro. gonna keep my lumia 950 until it physically stop working
    10-31-2017 12:25 PM
  8. Scott Thompson8's Avatar
    I have a drawer full, but just traded my 950 which I was still paying for into an S8.. no regrets
    10-31-2017 12:29 PM
  9. ThaKrazyOne's Avatar
    Right now I still have my AT&T 950 and my daughter still has her unlocked 950DS. My wife had no choice but to leave her 950 and go to iOS for work purposes. I still have a Lumia 830 as a backup if needed. I had 2 640's, a 640XL and a 520. Gave them to my parents to take to Mexico. Surprisingly they were able to sell them and use the money to get my dad's teeth work done. My daughter already wants to move to iOS. I know I will eventually but I am holding onto my 950 until tax time at least.
    10-31-2017 12:35 PM
  10. fdruid's Avatar
    What can you do with your MS abandoned 950xl or other W10M device?

    1. Spoonrest
    2. Door Stopper
    3. Projector Leveler
    4. Drink Coaster

    What other ways can we use these bricks?
    I use my 950 XL every day, it's a great phone with an amazing camera and a solid OS. It does everything I want from a smartphone. So I'm not planning on stopping using it anytime soon.

    And if it were to die, I'd buy a newer Windows 10 Mobile phone, like the HP Elite x3 or the one from Alcatel.
    editguy likes this.
    10-31-2017 12:48 PM
  11. meir602's Avatar
    I swapped by hp x3 for a samsung s8+ at the microsoft store (they are the best) when the usb port failed.

    I donated by 950xl to a local high school they use it as a student wifi-camera.

    my 1520 (favorite phone ever) sits on my desk as a painful reminder of what could have been. I power it up every once and a while just to remember how good it was.
    MichaelBanning likes this.
    10-31-2017 12:55 PM
  12. ScubaDog's Avatar
    My Lumia 1020 is still my daily driver (because WP8.1 is far better than W10M and the device looks much better) and I keep a 950 up to date. Eventually, my 1020 will stop working, so I'll fall back on the 950.
    Mark Craciun likes this.
    10-31-2017 12:58 PM
  13. sfbest23's Avatar
    I still use my Alactel OneTouch Fierce XL as a tablet around the house. My current daily driver is a Nextbit Robin with Lineage OS and the Google apps replaced with those from Microsoft.
    10-31-2017 01:02 PM
  14. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    Almost all smartphones these days have become the technological swiss army knife. I still use my 1520 and 950xl as my daily drivers.

    If I were to upgrade and still want to use these devices there are quite a few things I would and could do.

    1. Use this device as my holiday device. Both phones are quite high end in their own right. A new smartphone device will likely be an expensive purchase, so not someting I would likely want to use. By using my lumia as surrogate holiday phone I would be less worried if my phone was lost or stolen.

    2. Use it as my go to car or bike navigation device. Windows map navigation is still a good everyday navigation device for day to use with the car or public transport. I use it everyday. I don't have built in navigation in my car, so this could be a good replacement, and it can do more, such as my music player in the car. I do it even today. And the use of live tiles is good. You can pin many albums and routes to your start menu. One press on the button and the music and navigation starts instantly. No need to enter navigation data. Great for navigation on the go and less accident prone by being less distracted to the screen. Also the phones have good and powerful flashlights. good in an emergency.

    -use my phones for timelapse photography. The sensors of both phones are good for this. Just put it on a tripod, grab a coffee and come back a while later.

    -Use the phones for multi-angle filmography shots.

    -use the device as your new document scanner. combined with lens, a modern phone device is amazing. 20 mpix also gives a high resolution copy.

    - If there was a developer that could develop an app to connect two lumia devices, I was thinking of building a backup camera using two lumia devices. One would record and send the images, the other would receiver and display the images.

    - If there was a developer who could make an app where I could use bluetooth or wifi for short range walkie-talkie communication without having to use a 3G signal.

    -I could use my phone as a mobile storage as a wifi hotspot for accessing files and streaming them from phone to phone.

    -With a benchmarking app, I could use the phones in the winter as handwarmers.

    -with continuum, I could use my phone as a low end pc for basic producivity.

    Actually when I think of it, the phones are really amazing, despite the fact of reality of the progression of technology. the 1520 and 950XL as truly versatile devices and close to a pc in your pocket. Quite amazing, when I think what really matters in everyday life.
    editguy likes this.
    10-31-2017 01:08 PM
  15. Simon Jonny's Avatar
    I repurposed my lg optimus 7 many years back in my old car as a basic GPS tracker using the find my phone service. Stripped the entire thing out of it's case down to bare board and with battery attached. I had the car crushed few years back.

    I did the same with a lumia 610 and is currently fitted to my motorcycle.

    I have a blu windows phone and a Lumia 920 here both are pretty useless now. Made the jump to Android and they're probably just going to collect dust in their boxes. I honestly don't see Microsoft even supporting the phone location service for much longer. So no use repurposing them.

    It's a shame Microsoft hasn't put as much effort into creating an Android firmware for these phones, as they did making apps and siphoning off the Windows Mobile ecosystem and Lumia brand.
    10-31-2017 01:11 PM
  16. HeyCori's Avatar
    What can you do with your MS abandoned 950xl or other W10M device?

    1. Spoonrest
    2. Door Stopper
    3. Projector Leveler
    4. Drink Coaster

    What other ways can we use these bricks?
    For quite a few years now, I've been using my 635 as my GPS. I'm sure it's fine locally because I know the area enough, but I'm not sure if I would trust it on any long trips.

    On long drives, I use my 1520 for audio books and podcasts.

    I have one more (I'm blanking on the device), but I would use it for camping trips so my main phone didn't get dirty. I don't bother anymore since Android phones are cheap enough.
    10-31-2017 01:20 PM
  17. scarfinv's Avatar
    Our 950XLs are still going strong at 2 years of age. And I still get people drooling over my camera. My 80+ year old parents are using our previous 920s, and our original Samsung Focus!
    editguy and Mark Craciun like this.
    10-31-2017 01:24 PM
  18. Capricornius71's Avatar
    Let see well my wife has a Lumia Icon and I have a HP elite X3 and my stepson has the Alcatel idol 4s soooo now hang on but we are going to ...... And I am serious we are gonna use them ( gasp!) . My wife has had her lumia icon in an otter box since day one It looks brand new. Me and my step son just got our phones 2 months ago. And if it wasn't for the fact that I cracked the screen on my ex 3 by the way if anybody knows how to get it fixed. Please let me know. We're gonna use them.
    editguy likes this.
    10-31-2017 01:26 PM
  19. ocdtrekkie's Avatar
    Well, I'm buying a new Windows Mobile device tomorrow, but Windows Central is really selling the narrative hard here. Jeez you guys sell out fast. Why is Windows Central still a thing? Just save us the effort and redirect the domain to androidcentral.com
    Capricornius71 likes this.
    10-31-2017 01:28 PM
  20. Player Piano's Avatar
    Keeping my 950 for now as a backup. I tossed my 800 and 920 into the trash a few weeks back. Sort of regretting that decision now, but in all fairness that is about all those phones are worth these days. I had an HTC M8 that I gave away to a friend who was looking for a music player.
    10-31-2017 01:31 PM
  21. kurotsuki's Avatar
    Already sold them long ago before this whole issue is happening....
    10-31-2017 01:42 PM
  22. mwright53's Avatar
    Mail it to Nadella with a big fat "Thank You!" note.
    omegadony and TgeekB like this.
    10-31-2017 01:45 PM
  23. vgian's Avatar
    L620, alarm clock!
    10-31-2017 01:47 PM
  24. toshdellapenna's Avatar
    I currently have 5 of the 9 windows on mobile devices that I've owned (from 2003 to present). I quite literally went to my storage this morning, before i even saw this article, with the intention of finding those devices and bringing them home. One of them even had fresh parts to refurb it as i had damaged it a couple of months before an upgrade, but wasn't able to commit to the repair at the time. I also found 2 of the 4 traditional cell phones I've owned and will be looking for batteries to get them up and running. This is for nothing more than nostalgia and they take up almost no room in a drawer in my equipment rack. I regret having sold the devices that are missing from the winmo list and may hit ebay to acquire replacements. 1 device was accidentally left behind in a move so that one might be gone for good sadly. While I'm the organized anti hoarder in nearly every sense, i don't mind holding onto a few small devices. Especially ones that have almost zero resale value and would have to be recycled. May as well boot them up and give my kids a live history lesson lol.
    10-31-2017 01:53 PM
  25. Robur10's Avatar
    "No real use anymore"???

    You guys have a perverse relationship with technology. A 950XL still gives me a totally satisfying user experience. Some useless apps in addition lack, but otherwise no doubt that it is better than IOS and Android. And for the next year, at least, it will stay with me. Don't get fooled by Apple and Google and their needs induced.
    editguy likes this.
    10-31-2017 02:07 PM
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