Microsoft’s Lumia 950 gets the first reviews. Here is a little recap of them.
Lumia 950 is the first Lumia flagship in almost two years. It’s the first Windows 10 phone and according to the reviews, it’s visible. The software feels like a pre-release version, it’s not complete yet.
On the positive side, the display is great. AMOLED panel with the ClearBlack filter gives perfect blacks and the QHD resolution gives the sharpness. Also the camera gets good reviews, it’s the best part of the device. The great camera software continues where it left with the Lumia 930. Even the Lumia 950 is not a perfect camera. It sometimes struggles even in good conditions and sometimes it just takes the perfect photo. Might be the software.
Staying on the positives, the Windows Hello is told to be working great. Only problem is the fact that the device needs to be almost on the eye level, unlike a fingerprint scanner phone that can be opened already on its way from pocket. Windows Continuum shares the opinions. It’s great for light working but it needs really be light. For example full desktop tabs can’t stay open for long due to the lack of RAM or unstable software. The 950 XL with beefier specs might do better here.
On the hardware side, the Lumia’s build doesn’t impress anyone. Gone is the neon colors from previous devices and the metal of the 940. The 950 is made out of plastic, white or black plastic. As The Verge says in their conclusion, “cheap materials and boring design”. The Snapdragon 808 runs the Windows 10 easily. The hiccups are not the lack of power, it’s the software. The battery gets the usual one day of heavy to moderate usage.
The lack of apps is real. Microsoft just told that the Android app support is late and that’s bad for Windows Phone. The Google apps just don’t exist and the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram apps are numerous versions behind their iOS and Android cousins. Some apps are just plain missing. Come on Microsoft, get that Android support done.
The PocketNow review has probably the best conclusion: “Only if you’re a fan”. The Lumia 950 is not a complete device. It’s for those who liked the previous Lumia devices but not for many more.