Lumia 950 xl

“Microsoft has recently lent me a Lumia 950 xl for review. I appreciate being able to use this loan unit but that has not influenced my opinion of the device or of Microsoft – this is my personal view and no 3rd party has influence directly or indirectly on my opinions”.
Well out of box the look and feel was amazing The back of the Lumia 950 XL is removable to give users access to the user-replaceable battery, nano-SIM card slot (or slots, as is the case with this dual-SIM phone), and microSD expansion slot. A removable back and expansion are features many users crave, but in the case of the Lumia 950 XL, the matte polycarbonate backing gives the phone a less-than-premium feel. It’s a smooth, lightweight back cover that, unfortunately, feels kind of cheap.There are, however, replacement backs available, including some wrapped in leather, which should help.
However on the plus side, the Lumia 950 XL’s backing is completely removable and gives user access to the phone’s battery as well, which is also user serviceable and replaceable. This is a rarity now among smartphones these days.
On the back of the device, the 20MP rear-facing camera and triple-LED flash reside in circular protrusion at the top, with a speaker grill just off to the left. And at the top and bottom there are a subtle perforations for microphones. “PureView Zeiss” is emblazoned just below the camera and a reflective Windows logo sits just below that.
took a while to get used to its size as im used to a smaller lumia 1020 which fits perfect for one hand surfing ect but after a day i can say it sits just as comfortable in hand and at a stretch thumb can now surf just as good if not better and faster than my 1020,will say a nice leather cover would be nice for that true none slipe grip which with the 950xl is available.
I’m finding the performance in all aspects to be strong, It takes a Nano sim card so had to get new as 1020 is a micro sim card minor anoyanse.
I like being able to expand the memory 32Gb storage expandable by up to 200Gb using a microSD card, with office 365 offer 1tb OneDrive storage which is free for the first year then subscription which works out at just over a £1 a week but for what you get office 365 and 1tb storage amazing offer. and a feature like being able to just replace the battery is really sensible when it shows signs of reduced capacity.
Wasnt to thrilled with usb-3 so old usb devices and leads dont fit but it is down to the super fast charger and data transfer wow faster than my desktop was amazed and from 0% to full charge in 2hrs and bonus its a Removable 3340mAh battery, USB-C fast charging, wireless charging14. With its 5.7 inch AMOLED touch screen (1440×2560) with Gorilla Glass 4 and super fast Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor surfing,streaming,downloading is almost instant and for playing games screen size and picture quality exceptional.
Now for the camera which i had some doubt over as its only half the spec of lumia 1020 and its 41mp camera after comparing it is less but more in picture quality and definition with its 20 Mp PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics & triple LED flash Ultra HD video at 30fps 5 Mp wide angle front-facing camera and the speed of the images truely amazing and with video zoom colour brightness all can be utelized as recording again amazing how did i manage without this option.
Best of all for me was Hello Windows iris scanning technology allows you to sign onto your device with your iris,better than fingerprint,
because while you are asleep anyone can swipe your fingerprint on your device with iris and pin code almost impossible for someone to access your device love it.
Glance screen is better than ever, you can view instant notifications by looking at it and also tell the time without unlocking the device thereby using zero battery for the taskand set night mode or quiet hours so no more disturbances while you sleep.
Mail app which is Outlook email all messages are in one place for all accounts so easier to check and delete emails plus, calendar, word, excel, power point and one note. It is just mind blowing using these in-built apps. You can access one note from the drop down menu.
It has the best keyboard in the world. The keyboard can been moved to any part of the screen, it can be resized,
it has directional arrows which moves the cursor to any direction you want when you’re typing,
it has the fastest swipe to spell and equally accurate,emoji,it is available in all major languages of the world, totally the best word prediction and auto-correction.In simple words it makes typing on the device very easy and graceful.
The calculator has lots of options, it can be used for all kinds of calculations e.g scientific, statistics, programmer, converter, etc.
It can be used as a desktop device by attaching the HD display dock.
The on-screen menu navigation keys allows you to hide the menu keys which create more screen estate for browsing and watching videos etc, it also prevents you from mistakenly clicking on them while you’re intensely play a game on the device.
The volume and power keys are within the reach of the thumb. Once you get used to it, you easily increase or reduce the volume, lock/unlock the device.
Pressing and holding the menu allows you to reach distant apps or links easily.
Voices/speech of different major languages in the world can be downloaded and used for related apps e.g maps, Cortana, audio books, etc.
With its outstanding connectivity includes Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS Skype, WhatsApp, SMS, MMS. It’s also just 8.1mm thick, so it’s incredibly comfortable in your hand.
Lumia 950 XL,the phone that works like your PC.Super sleek at just 8.1mm thin, runs Windows 10 and packs Continuum capabilities and a 5.7-inch Quad HD display.It’s large enough to be productive,yet mobile enough to meet your daily phone needs.
To find a setting on your phone, swipe over to the App list, and then select Settings. We’ve categorized stuff to help make Settings easier to use,
but if you’re having trouble finding something, select Search and then enter a setting in the search box.
To pin a setting to your Start screen, in Settings, select a category, press and hold a setting in the list, and then select Pin to start.
Also more options in the Action center From almost anywhere on your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen to open action center. You’ll see your latest app notifications and quick actions you can take. And in Windows 10 , action center is even better—with more actionable notifications, more useful notification dismissal and more quick action options. Act on notifications: When a notification appears on your screen or when you view one in action center, take action without opening the app. Expand notifications to see more details and act on certain notifications, whether it’s “liking” a social network post or replying to a message. Expand quick actions: Also, you now have the option of dismissing a single notification instead of a whole group.
Music now if you love your music youll be amazed at the quality of the sound with its 3.5mm stereo headset connector and option to stream or play your own mp3 music even stream from your one drive its got a whole new player in Groove music from creating you own playlists to just playing all from onedrive device or stream
Continuum a whole new era Plug your Lumia 950 or 950 XL into a Display Dock and the external monitor starts up.
The keyboard and mouse are ready to go, and with a 60 FPS refresh rate, catching up on email is flicker-free and super-smooth. With 1080p HD output and a USB-C port that charges your phone while you work, it’s a quick and easy way to get the productivity advantages of using a bigger screen.
The freedom to leave your laptop at work Add a Display Dock to your home office and do more without using your computer.
Want to write a long email or create a PowerPoint presentation but don’t have your PC? Dock your Lumia 950 or 950 XL and use a monitor, mouse and keyboard to quickly create a PC-like work environment. With a bigger screen and the convenience of a full size keyboard, you don’t need your laptop to be productive at home.Keep using your phoneEnjoy a PC-like experience that’s powered by your phone.And while you’re working on an external monitor, you can still use your Lumia 950 or 950 XL like you would normally– answer phone calls and send text messages without interrupting what’s on the big screen. Maximize your productivity with the advantages of a bigger screen and keep using your phone at the same time.
All in all i dont want to send this 950xl back in fact its has become my life my friend my world Cortana has become my assistant never forgetting to remind me of schedules events calendar helps with sending emails searching having a chat not literally but maybe soon shes a best friend who gives you heads up on almost everything sometimes important sometimes not but shes their to help and i love her voice.
New Universal Windows Apps, now available in the Windows Store, i have given them all a try:

• Shazam much better and quicker than before never miss that tune you here but just cannot remember and it will give you option to listen add purchase add to playlist but with a much more smoother feel than on previous versions.

• The Weather Channel set on home screen and never not know when its not going to rain again with lots of new options and a whole world of weather

• Netflix loads without hicups and streams perfectly with a docking port makes my fire stick obsolete picture quality is on par with my samsung 4k tv amazing picture almost life like.

• Talking tom had to include this one as it was forced upon me and sound picture amazingly real my cats think ive a new cat and are giving me some looks as i play at my daughters insistence she 4yrs old and loves this game and wants this phone now she is amazed at how clear and how real it sounds had her giggling to the oint she was lying on her back unable to speak so again amazing picture sound quality.

• CBS stunningly designed app and the content is way more than i thought from news tv on demand 24/7news real time updates as its happening interesting an fun to use.

• USA TODAY all the best you could want from usa today news, money, life, tec, large images videos, share stories flip through todays stories best sport, celebrity photos in full screen detai. Watch live videos from usa today amazing app.

• NASCAR if you into racing this is a must follow your favourite driver with targeted news live race leaderboards lap by lap commentary video social media, in race strategy between drivers crew chief spotters live in car cameras gives you access to all or most recent news and media around NASCAR a must for any NASCAR fan.

• iHeartRadio with Groove integration rarely listen to radio but i did give it a try so many stations to choose from and so clear may use more often now and with grooves immense music library stations choices youll be lost in music for days.

• Candy Crush Saga• and Candy Crush Soda Saga couldnt stop playing so much so i needed to recharge without noticing id played for almost 5plus hours without any problems freezes glitches and is still just as addictive as i remember.Excellent for keeping the little ones amused while on long drives or traveling to work on those long metro/train/bus journeys.

• Twitter much smoother and faster loading use almost every day now even more so and the pages seem to flow without noticing or waiting to load instant much better and faster to tweet.

• Fitbit live a healthier life with all day activities track activity record your steps and distance enhance your run monitor heart rate and a whole heap of other fitbit products either using just phone or for better enhancements add a fitbit activity tracker and the aria WI_FI smart scale to get a complete picture of your health,steps, distance,calories burned,sleep,weight,and so much more a must for any fitbiter and a record function so you can watch how bad you was after fun but functional and with challenges you wont be disapointed.

• Audiobooks from Audible didnt think this could be any better as i use now but it is sound quality almost transports you into the book its reading to you sets of your imagination to the point you forget your listening to audible book if you close your eyes you can almost see the story unfold in front of your eyes.

product specs at a glance
Lumia 950 XL
Operating System Windows 10
Dimensions: 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 165 g
Casing: polycarbonate
Colors: black, white11
Physical buttons: power, volume, camera
Storage 32 GB and up to 200 GB of expandable storage with office 365 offer 1tb OneDrive storage
Display Screen: 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 display
Resolution: 2560×1440 (518 ppi)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Touch: Multitouch
CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor featuring Octa-core CPUs and 64-bit capabilities
Wi-Fi: MIMO, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1