Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: Conclusion

December 23, 2015 by Dragan Petric Reads (4,810)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Value
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL is the best Windows 10 Mobile available when it comes to specs, software display quality, and the camera. On the other hand, past Lumias had a better finish, design and price-to-performance ratio, especially when Nokia was making them.

This phone offers nothing to sway dedicated Android and iOS users, especially compared against the strong crop of 2015 flagships. But it’s still a good device for old Windows Phone 8.1 users. The Continuum feature is novel, but the $99 Display Dock is a questionable investment, given the limitations the 950 XL places on the PC experience.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has an excellent AMOLED display, but lousy build quality.

Pros:

  • Performs well
  • One of the best rear-facing cameras on the market
  • Windows 10 Mobile has some interesting innovations, like the Windows Continuum and Windows Hello
  • Features USB Type-C

Cons:

  • Exceptionally poor finish and outdated design
  • Expensive starting price
  • Average battery life
  • Windows Continuum leaves room for improvement



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