Microsoft Lumia 950 -The Windows 10 handset

Microsoft Lumia 950

Windows 10 Lumia 950  handset  brought out by Microsoft in December last year make you impress with its  gorgeous display, great camera and slick performance and great battery life. Let us see in detail its specifications and what you may feel it is not so impressive.

The Design of Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 is not so inspiring when it comes to design. The handset is available in black or white, and is made from matte polycarbonate that looks somewhat dull. It lacks elegance and is prone to picking up smudges and fingerprints. It’s fairly short too at 145x73x8.2mm and 150g. If you compare this handset with Nokia-branded Lumia 920, which had unusual polycarbonate packaging and a slightly curved 2.5D screen you will think that Microsoft has so far failed to make much of a dent on the smartphone market. But there is one thing in this design of the Lumia 950 and that is the backplate whichcan be removed, giving access to the battery and microSD slot.

The Display of Microsoft Lumia 950

The design of Microsoft Lumia 950 you will find impressive The 5.2in display screen, which is surrounded by a tiny bezel that gives it an almost edge-to-edge quality, has a Galaxy S6-rivalling 2560×1440 QHD resolution and comes with the AMOLED technology more typically associated with Samsung smartphones. This gives way to clear text, vibrant olors, deep blacks and, despite the reflective Gorilla Glass 4 coating, impressive viewing angles and outdoor visibility.

The Performance of Microsoft Lumia 950

The Microsoft Lumia 950 matches the Moto X Style and LG G4 with a hexa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. Though it is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 810 in the Lumia 950 XL, but you will have no problems with the overall performance of the smaller model. Everything from Netflix to Crossy Road runs smoothly, and navigating through the software is slicker than on most Android devices.

The Software in Microsoft Lumia 950

This phone is running Windows 10 OS along with the Lumia 950 XL. If you have used a Windows Phone device you won’t notice any radical differences on first impressions. Microsoft’s playful Live Tile interface is present, and you’ll find the swipe down Action Centre and quick action buttons – Back, Home and Search – at the bottom of the screen. The changes become apparent as you make your way around the operating system. Internet Explorer is gone, for example, replaced with a mobile version of Microsoft’s Edge browser is easy to navigate. The Windows Store has been given a facelift making it much more pleasant to use but the quality of apps found inside are not so good as third-party apps is still a real problem on Windows 10 Mobile.

You won’t find any Google apps – Maps or Drive, for example – and the YouTube app is in fact an app published by Microsoft that simply takes you to YouTube’s mobile website. You will find many of the big name apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, but some are sub-par versions of their iOS and Android counterparts. It’s also possible to turn a Windows 10 Mobile handset into a makeshift PC by using a Microsoft Display Dock to hook it up to a display, mouse and keyboard. This makes it possible to run Universal Apps on the big screen, complete with resizable windows, a desktop-style UI and a Start menu.

The Camera in Microsoft Lumia 950

As you know that Nokia offerd the best mobile cameras on the market, Lumia 950’s 20MP rear-facing camera, comes with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilisation and a triple-LED RGB flash. The camera performs well. The imagesin particular those in natural light, are crisp and full of natural colour, and the triple-LED flash means that the Lumia 950 outdoes most handsets when it comes to low-light performance. As with other recent Lumia devices, the 950 XL’s main camera can also create Living Images, a small video snippet similar to that offered by the Live Photos feature on the i Phone 6S.

The Battery and storage in Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 has a 3,000mAh battery which Microsoft’s claims will provide around 18 hours of talk time. The battery is removable so you can always carry around a spare in your bag.  The Lumia 950 comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded by an additional 200GB thanks to the microSD slot.

Microsoft Lumia 950 Price in Australia

Microsoft has priced Lumia 950 at AU$899.00 incl. GST

Telstra Plans for Microsoft Lumia 950

Telstra Plans for Microsoft Lumia 950

Optus Plans for Microsoft Lumia 950

Optus plans for Microsoft 950

Now you can feel the impression of Microsoft Lumia 950 that looks so beautiful with great features but lacks apps for Windows OS which would have been better if with same specifications it would have been an Android phone. But still it is really a great Windows 10 handset.

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