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  1. Skinshifter's Avatar
    Greetings,

    Despite a very rubbish and stable software right now, it's really annoying how battery drains so fast. Also, the device always overheats when using some apps, which is bad. I don't know how W10 is doing on 950/950XL but it's a shame if both are going under same problems. Anyways, I'm using a Lumia 1520 and I had to go back to 8.1 , because I can't stand charging the phone everyday and feeling it overheated when I use it in basic things.
    12-13-2015 11:10 AM
  2. Skyway's Avatar
    Greetings,

    Despite a very rubbish and stable software right now, it's really annoying how battery drains so fast. Also, the device always overheats when using some apps, which is bad. I don't know how W10 is doing on 950/950XL but it's a shame if both are going under same problems. Anyways, I'm using a Lumia 1520 and I had to go back to 8.1 , because I can't stand charging the phone everyday and feeling it overheated when I use it in basic things.
    Battery life is excellent for me on my 950. Software has improved with most recent update too.
    12-13-2015 11:14 AM
  3. Dusan Randj's Avatar
    Have you done hard reset? After hard reset, battery life is for me on par woh 8.1.2. Maybe even better.
    12-13-2015 11:18 AM
  4. slivy58's Avatar
    Ugh. I don't care about the app gap. Yet. I don't care about market share, etc. I've been a staunch supporter of MS, W10, everything. I subscribe to Groove and 365. Have an XOne. I love having everything similar across them all. But lately I've been getting annoyed due to failures in small things that seem insignificant, but to me really show incompetence. And as I only have two payments left on my Icon and HAD been planning to go to AT&T for a 950, now I'm often looking at that gorgeous, huge Nexus and wondering how to get it to work with my PC and Xbox if I went that route. It's so tempting.

    First off, what the hell Cortana. Three days in a row now, you have told me I had an appointment coming up that I rescheduled or cancelled DAYS ago. This....is unacceptable. MS likes to say, oh it's like having your own personal assistant. I would have fired her days ago. When I change something on my Calendar, Cortana should pick up on that immediately. It should be among her most basic things. I moved something back a month, three days ago, and today she is telling me it is tomorrow. Open the event, and it is for next month like I rescheduled. That is BULL**** and makes Cortana look very amateurish. And MS by extension. Didn't do that on 8.1 "beta". Does now. Pathetic.

    Also pathetic? MSN weather, the live tile. That's nice that you're telling me the temp in Carlsbad where I live; too bad I've been in Oceanside the past SIX HOURS. Tile still says Carlsbad. Oh, I have to open the app to get it to update? Totally defeats the purpose, and sometimes (usually) that doesn't work either. Oh, but Accuweather? Their tile does it just fine. More bull****.

    Edge syncing. Sometimes works, more often it doesn't. Or very, very slow to sync. Not reliable at all.

    These seem like small things, but to me...they are indicitave of deeper problems. I don't need more apps and so on; I just want the most BASIC of **** to work reliably, and they can't even get that right. And I'm not buying that crap about "always evolving". This isn't new features, or minor bug fixes, these are fundamental parts of what they are supposed to do that have been their since the beginning and continue to not work. And I'm tired of it. I want to stay with MS and and W10 mobile, but it's getting hard. And has nothing to do with the app gap. I just want THEIR apps to work. And they don't.

    PS: this site is SO riddled with scripts and background ad garbage it took me 15 minutes to write this because my typing kept getting interrupted. Terrible.
    HEAR YE, HEAR YE!... Totally agree, it is the small things that frustrate the heck out of you and MS just can't seem to get it together (goes for W10 for desktops too), I still love WM yet despise MSs implementations or lack thereof, will continue to use WM (right now W8.1) until my present devices have run their course, this rollercoaster ride, the delays and the resounding "soon" have already pushed me to the other side for my daily driver.

    Very annoyed myself with anything related to the "central" sites, slow to load, scrolling lags/jittery, multiple browser crashes and so on, happens on every device/browser I've tried and that amounts to many.
    Tien-Lin Chang and Mark F24 like this.
    12-13-2015 11:46 AM
  5. Lord Method Man's Avatar
    Yep, couple weeks ago we drove out to visit family about 180 miles away. Along the way my Weather app homed-in on one of the random towns we drove through and the Live Tile stayed on that location for two days.

    Right now my Mail Live Tile shows 1 unread message, which I can't find anywhere.
    12-13-2015 12:39 PM
  6. slivy58's Avatar
    Yep, couple weeks ago we drove out to visit family about 180 miles away. Along the way my Weather app homed-in on one of the random towns we drove through and the Live Tile stayed on that location for two days.

    Right now my Mail Live Tile shows 1 unread message, which I can't find anywhere.
    For a week MSN weather showed my local temperatures 10-12 degrees (Celsius) higher than they actually were, was stellar prior, finally resorted back to Amazing Weather HD.
    12-13-2015 12:45 PM
  7. jhoff80's Avatar
    For a week MSN weather showed my local temperatures 10-12 degrees (Celsius) higher than they actually were, was stellar prior, finally resorted back to Amazing Weather HD.
    You know, I switched away from Amazing Weather HD because MSN weather had glance screen support... but now that W10M MSN Weather doesn't support glance screen (or the lockscreen at all for that matter), I think it's long past time to go back.
    12-13-2015 12:56 PM
  8. Alan Sylvain's Avatar
    After using Windows 10 mobile (build 10586), I just wanted to share my opinion.

    First of all, I'm now using a Lumia 830, purchased when it was released. I'm overall happy with the phone, despite the slight low specs on the processor. I came from iPhone 4, then Moto G and now Windows Phone.

    Overall, I find Windows 10 is a pleasure to use. It is buttery smooth, and aesthetically very pleasing, with fast and smooth animations from the home screen, in the phone app, messaging app and multi tasking. The text has been made smaller in most areas, which means more room and less scrolling. It is stable enough in my opinion for a main driver phone. The only issues I get in terms of reliability is an occasional flicker on the screen (goes blank for 0.5s then returns, maybe once a day), and a couple of apps that don't seem to work properly (FlightRadar being one of them).

    Battery life appears to have improved too, and I'm loving the new swipe down options with up to 16 tiles of shortcuts. Cortana is getting better all the time, and the integration with Windows 10 on my PC allows me to text, call and receive data between the two screens with ease.

    The OS is impressive, fast, fluid and very capable.

    BUT... Here's the one thing that Microsoft needs to do now to make the Windows Phone platform take off: allow the system to run iOS or Android app without delay. While the app selection is somewhat better (the native Facebook app in W10 is miles ahead of the WP8 version), there are still too many titles missing, or very basic apps that show a poor effort on behalf of the developers. My biggest misses: Nest Thermostat (alternatives are very poor), Glympse (again, there, but too basic and unstable), BBC News (simply not there), and, sorry guys, Grindr. Yes of course there are third party apps (thank goodness for MetroTube!), but too often, these apps don't run the full set of options found in native apps or break when the official app changes its API.

    When I compare the app quality to my (still occasionally switched on) Moto G, it's always behind on the Windows platform. I believe Microsoft should hurry and allow easy porting of apps over, even if it means losing some features such as live tiles... Once the apps are there, and on par with competing platforms, Windows Phone can truly take off. Once it reaches a significant market share (more than 10%), I believe developers will then take the time to upgrade their apps specifically for WP to take advantage of the platform's offering such as Cortana integration and Live Tiles.

    A friend of mine wanted a new phone, and likes the look of mine and Windows Phone, but I simply couldn't recommend the 950 for him, as I know he'll miss quantity and quality of apps too much.

    Windows Phone is brilliant and very close to reaching market popularity in my opinion, it just needs the app issue sorted, once and for all, and new quality hardware (more metal, less plastic) in the pipeline!

    Thank you for reading.
    12-14-2015 08:28 AM
  9. TgeekB's Avatar
    Sounds pretty fair and I agree with the smoothness and general usability.
    As far as apps, I have pretty much everything I need, though I understand there are those that don't. For me having Office apps, calendar, email, etc. fulfill my prime needs. We'll have to see what the future brings.
    Good start!
    12-14-2015 09:06 AM
  10. Neill Baldwin's Avatar
    I agree and can see where you come from. I'd love to recommend the 950 to people but can understand when they complain about lack of apps.
    12-14-2015 09:18 AM
  11. TheMelonOfWater's Avatar
    Once the apps are there, and on par with competing platforms, Windows Phone can truly take off. Once it reaches a significant market share (more than 10%), I believe developers will then take the time to upgrade their apps specifically for WP
    To be honest, I've been hearing this exact thing since I got my first Windows Phone in 2012 and nothing has happened. I don't think the market share will ever reach 10%.

    Since most carriers (all carriers in my country) won't ever carry the Lumia 950 (or other new Windows Phones), I don't even think project islandwood will change anything. I just can't see developers using project islandwood, even with how easy it will be, to create Windows apps when you can't even buy Windows Phones.
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    12-16-2015 12:02 AM
  12. Tien-Lin Chang's Avatar
    To be honest, I've been hearing this exact thing since I got my first Windows Phone in 2012 and nothing has happened. I don't think the market share will ever reach 10%.

    Since most carriers (all carriers in my country) won't ever carry the Lumia 950 (or other new Windows Phones), I don't even think project islandwood will change anything. I just can't see developers using project islandwood, even with how easy it will be, to create Windows apps when you can't even buy Windows Phones.
    I think the problem is not how easy to port or to publish their apps to this platform but they have spend time and effort to maintain it once they officially publish it. Without proper userbase there just not enough income for their input? It just conflict with MSFT strategy when they refuse earning market share the XBOX way.
    12-16-2015 12:44 AM
  13. windowshopper23's Avatar
    I would hope they would add more of a modern/metro touch to the UI closer to the official W10M update, but that's probably not gonna happen. I got to say, I think Microsoft and some of the WP fan base got it wrong transitioning to the Android hamburger menu style of things. The settings are a travesty still to this date, the design is hard to look at compared to the elegant settings menu of WP 8.1. I don't know why they caved in and went in the design direction of their desktop UI and android. You don't see Chrome OS and Android sharing design language, you don't see Mac OS and iOS sharing design language entirely. You had something completely fresh and original, elegant and smooth. I want to see the modern ui make a comeback. I have a couple of WP devices lying around with WP 8.1 and it feels a lot better than the latest version of W10M. Idk, I was hoping to get used to W10M but it just hasn't happened yet. And tbh it's quite sad that Microsoft would release "flagship" devices with a beta OS. Oh well.
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    12-17-2015 01:12 AM
  14. SilasDelgado's Avatar
    Hi OP,

    Can you confirm if the new dialer support smart dialing/T9 Dialing?
    Yes, it does work :)
    12-18-2015 08:44 PM
  15. windowshopper23's Avatar
    Are there any developers for WM10 working on a Apple Music app?
    12-19-2015 02:09 AM
  16. viky4640's Avatar
    i think windows 10 will be released around 3rd week of January 2016. i have tried it today because i was free and had nothing to do but there is this thing with windows 10 mobile(640 dual sim, installed from 8.1 denim update 2), it just feels lagging when compared with windows phone 8.1. i don't know if this was a firmware issue or what. but it needs to be polished. used it for 3 4 hours and then reverted back to windows 8.1 immediately. so hope that it will get better with next couple of builds.
    12-25-2015 06:43 AM
  17. emjey's Avatar
    i think windows 10 will be released around 3rd week of January 2016. i have tried it today because i was free and had nothing to do but there is this thing with windows 10 mobile(640 dual sim, installed from 8.1 denim update 2), it just feels lagging when compared with windows phone 8.1. i don't know if this was a firmware issue or what. but it needs to be polished. used it for 3 4 hours and then reverted back to windows 8.1 immediately. so hope that it will get better with next couple of builds.
    If the first wave of updates itself is on jJanuarythird week, then the second wave wud probably hit around may and third around august and fourth around end of 2016.
    12-25-2015 07:12 AM
  18. Ghost79's Avatar
    Not had mine long enough to review but so far very nice apart from all my old pics which I've moved to my 950xl show up really small rather than fill the screen. Hell they don't fill half of it!
    12-26-2015 03:23 PM
  19. FredW3's Avatar
    After a week with y new 950, I feel I can comment. I thought Windows phone 8 was the best phone OS, and Windows mobile 10 is an improvement. Not a huge improvement, but it is better.

    And I know this is picky, but why do you swipe left to delete an email but right to delete a notification?
    12-30-2015 12:26 PM
  20. Sander Van Looveren's Avatar
    I think windows 10 mobile is getting more and more popular!
    12-30-2015 03:34 PM
  21. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    And I know this is picky, but why do you swipe left to delete an email but right to delete a notification?
    One was coded by a Democrat and the other by a Republican?
    01-01-2016 05:37 AM
  22. AzurAccess's Avatar
    I've been using a Lumia 735 for the last year (convert from iOS), and while I love WP8.1 (update 2, Denim), I've been eagerly awaiting the new 950 for its faster processor and superior camera. So the new phone came over the holidays. And I hated it so much after 2 days that I immediately returned it and have reverted to my 735. This was not a case of not liking the new 950 and its W10Mobile just because it's new or different, but because it's clearly (IMHO) inferior. Here's my summary of what's wrong with Windows 10 Mobile as run on the Lumia 950:

    Phone -
    Cheap side buttons, very poor feel.
    Indifferent styling and colors.
    Washed out screen colors & display.
    Still has audio jack on top.

    OS -
    Despite nominally fast processor and ample RAM, apps often open slowly and there is lots of lag throughout user experience. Often worse than on my Lumia 735. (NB: I did a fresh install, not restored from backup.)
    Poor use of screen real estate: Icons are crude and clunky given the size and nominal quality of display available. Especially bad:
    OneDrive - much worse than WP8.1
    Mail app looks worse, missing functionality.
    Feels like entire interface has been dumbed down, made more childish
    Icon and font design: muted and dull compared to 8.1. Also, fonts are often too small or too big, and UI is not as well integrated. In many places words are cut off at bottom of screen despite plenty of room available.
    Contextual presses don't work or are non existent as compared to WP8.1. Overall feel is clumsy
    Unlock buttons don't highlight when touched.
    Settings are harder to navigate methodically: wrong headed attempt to show related settings doesn't permit backing out to same location you started, hence cannot work down settings in comprehensive way
    Quick access settings are flawed: rather than taking you to, say, Wi-Fi so that you can select/change network, now the quick access buttons act as on/off toggles. To get access to the actual function you have to take a longer route.
    Several settings that used to allow live tile views, like data sense and storage sense, are no longer available.
    Many settings are no longer available to pin to start, eg. Call Block.
    Edge browser: Dreadful and half baked.
    Favorites don't transfer from WP8.1;
    Missing functionality: Swiping back and forth between pages doesn't work.
    Many other issues, like swipe writing doesn't work in Edge despite it working elsewhere in OS
    Camera:
    Despite supposed superior ability, nothing special is apparent (maybe due to poor screen quality, see above).
    Non intuitive control of camera operation, eg. Live capture taken when it's not intended.
    Phone and message apps: Often long lags in receiving notifications
    Weather app: Now shows next three hours on live tile rather than next three days, not as useful.
    App Store is dreadful, way worse!
    Many apps choose hamburger menu convention when they don't need to. Older style felt more natural
    Office suite: While it can be nice to be able to edit docs from phone, most usual use case is simple viewing. Now to view you're in editing mode by default - dangerous! It was better under WP8.1.
    Some apps aren't available in new OS.
    Thumbnail photos are now round instead of square in people app, example of stupid change for change sake.
    Maps are terrible! Whereas old Here Maps worked well new replacements don't do same things, and details are washed out (inexplicable given the nominally superior screen). The maps look bad.
    Music app, Grove: Maybe ok, but interface is very different and it wasn't clear that my music collection was intact or fully available as before.
    Photos app: loses favorites, so can't use them for live tile. Not as good since less control over what shows on live tile.
    Windows Hello isn't practical, should've been finger ID.

    General comment: many of the clear deteriorations in the new phone OS are probably an artifact of trying to implement a single OS across all devices and form factors, which in turn suggests this single OS approach is flawed, at least with respect to use on a phone. I doubt Continuum will be more than a gee-whiz item, and so it's a case of the tail waging the dog, sacrificing phone utility for an imagined but not actual nor useful integration.

    Reposted from Lumia 950 "unhappy camper" thread
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    01-02-2016 11:53 AM
  23. Svein Otterlei1's Avatar
    As of today I'm abandoning the sinking ship named "Windows 10 Mobile" (If I ever get back, depends on Microsoft)

    After being introduced to Windows Phone 8.1, which had the same userfriendly interface as known from Nokia, my impression is that Win 10 Mobile is developing in the wrong direction. A lot of different functions, good and useful for some, useless or not needed for others.
    Menu system is far from being as userfriendly as 8.1, but one need to live with changes.
    What pisses me of most, is the different functions, and the possibility to choose whether you want it or not.
    Message center: A good thing IF it can be user specified what to show or not. Messages: Now including both Skype and (Facebook Messages ?) allthough those can be found in their respective Apps. When I receive an SMS (I thought it was) and opens, just to find 37 Skype messages until I found the SMS.............for Gods sake, this is not what I need in Messages. This came as a default, after an upgrade.
    SO PLEASE MICROSOFT: Whatever function YOU want to give ME, Please let it be an OPTION , not a DEFAULT that cannot be deleted or deactivated.
    I thought the purpose of the Insider Program were for Microsoft to listen to us as users, but lack of feedbacks gives me the impression that YOU don't care at all.
    At this very moment, my personal impression is: Windows 10 Phone are doomed to fail, and will be added to the list of failures, as Windows ME and Vista.

    SO PLEASE MICROSOFT: If any MS representatives reads this, OPEN YOUR EYES; AND EARS...................or crash and get abandoned. R.I.P
    01-13-2016 10:39 AM
  24. Josh Harman's Avatar
    To spare you of a long winded rant, like from those with issues and that I think are full of sheet...
    Windows 10 is working great on my 950. I love it.
    01-13-2016 11:05 AM
  25. Svein Otterlei1's Avatar
    I've been using a Lumia 735 for the last year (convert from iOS), and while I love WP8.1 (update 2, Denim), I've been eagerly awaiting the new 950 for its faster processor and superior camera. So the new phone came over the holidays. And I hated it so much after 2 days that I immediately returned it and have reverted to my 735. This was not a case of not liking the new 950 and its W10Mobile just because it's new or different, but because it's clearly (IMHO) inferior. Here's my summary of what's wrong with Windows 10 Mobile as run on the Lumia 950:

    Phone -
    Cheap side buttons, very poor feel.
    Indifferent styling and colors.
    Washed out screen colors & display.
    Still has audio jack on top.

    OS -
    Despite nominally fast processor and ample RAM, apps often open slowly and there is lots of lag throughout user experience. Often worse than on my Lumia 735. (NB: I did a fresh install, not restored from backup.)
    Poor use of screen real estate: Icons are crude and clunky given the size and nominal quality of display available. Especially bad:
    OneDrive - much worse than WP8.1
    Mail app looks worse, missing functionality.
    Feels like entire interface has been dumbed down, made more childish
    Icon and font design: muted and dull compared to 8.1. Also, fonts are often too small or too big, and UI is not as well integrated. In many places words are cut off at bottom of screen despite plenty of room available.
    Contextual presses don't work or are non existent as compared to WP8.1. Overall feel is clumsy
    Unlock buttons don't highlight when touched.
    Settings are harder to navigate methodically: wrong headed attempt to show related settings doesn't permit backing out to same location you started, hence cannot work down settings in comprehensive way
    Quick access settings are flawed: rather than taking you to, say, Wi-Fi so that you can select/change network, now the quick access buttons act as on/off toggles. To get access to the actual function you have to take a longer route.
    Several settings that used to allow live tile views, like data sense and storage sense, are no longer available.
    Many settings are no longer available to pin to start, eg. Call Block.
    Edge browser: Dreadful and half baked.
    Favorites don't transfer from WP8.1;
    Missing functionality: Swiping back and forth between pages doesn't work.
    Many other issues, like swipe writing doesn't work in Edge despite it working elsewhere in OS
    Camera:
    Despite supposed superior ability, nothing special is apparent (maybe due to poor screen quality, see above).
    Non intuitive control of camera operation, eg. Live capture taken when it's not intended.
    Phone and message apps: Often long lags in receiving notifications
    Weather app: Now shows next three hours on live tile rather than next three days, not as useful.
    App Store is dreadful, way worse!
    Many apps choose hamburger menu convention when they don't need to. Older style felt more natural
    Office suite: While it can be nice to be able to edit docs from phone, most usual use case is simple viewing. Now to view you're in editing mode by default - dangerous! It was better under WP8.1.
    Some apps aren't available in new OS.
    Thumbnail photos are now round instead of square in people app, example of stupid change for change sake.
    Maps are terrible! Whereas old Here Maps worked well new replacements don't do same things, and details are washed out (inexplicable given the nominally superior screen). The maps look bad.
    Music app, Grove: Maybe ok, but interface is very different and it wasn't clear that my music collection was intact or fully available as before.
    Photos app: loses favorites, so can't use them for live tile. Not as good since less control over what shows on live tile.
    Windows Hello isn't practical, should've been finger ID.

    General comment: many of the clear deteriorations in the new phone OS are probably an artifact of trying to implement a single OS across all devices and form factors, which in turn suggests this single OS approach is flawed, at least with respect to use on a phone. I doubt Continuum will be more than a gee-whiz item, and so it's a case of the tail waging the dog, sacrificing phone utility for an imagined but not actual nor useful integration.

    Reposted from Lumia 950 "unhappy camper" thread
    I couldn't agree more, even though I've had the Prewiew Build (Insider Versions) Rest In Peace Windows 10 Phone.
    01-13-2016 11:35 AM
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