For better or for worse.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 brings back the company’s foray into the smartphone business, and is also one of the few devices to support the multi-platform Windows 10 operating system. But is it good enough to put the company back on track? Let’s find out.
You would think that you are looking at an Android smartphone the moment you lay your eyes on the Microsoft Lumia 950. After only seeing the Microsoft logo at back confirms that this is actually a Lumia smartphone.
While the matte back finish and the all glass front are great, it’s not really revolutionary in terms of design – it’s the same boring clamshell – and I would have loved to see something other than plastic.
While other smartphones now using fingerprint readers as a form of security, the Lumia 950 utilizes a more futuristic approach called Windows Hello. It’s basically an iris scanner, using infra-red rays to scan your eyes. It’s currently in beta mode, but it actually works flawlessly when I was using it.
The Lumia 950 also uses a fairly decent specification set, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage including a micro SD card option that can support up to 200 GB. It also comes with a 5.2-inch screen that houses a 1440 x 2560 pixel screen resolution. It also supports a USB Type-C port, offering fast charging and faster data transfers.
Windows 10 on the mobile is a great improvement over previous versions. It’s fast and fluid, and even the entire operating system has gotten somewhat of a much-needed tinkering. That being said, it’s still littered with random bugs and crashes, which can be a source of annoyance.
The Lumia 950 comes with a 20 megapixel camera with f1.9 aperture and Cark Zeiss Optics. Just like previous Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 950 does take stellar images. Color are bright (the Quad HD screen helps) and detailed, and also take great shots even in low light conditions.
With a 3000 mAh battery, the Lumia 950 manages to last throughout an entire day of normal usage of taking calls, sending messages and email and the occasional checking of my social media accounts.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 hits the right notes with its camera and screen. However, limitations with the mobile version of Windows 10 including random bugs and the lack of app selection make it hard to recommend.