Microsoft's Lumia 950 Smartphone: The Gizmodo Review

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

Microsoft's Lumia 950 is the first interesting Windows phone to be released in a while, mostly because it's the first phone designed specifically for Windows 10. It's a phone created with the ambition of turning around Microsoft's flailing mobile efforts.

At the very least, Microsoft has made a smartphone that's usable. After forcing myself to use it for the past week, however, I'm not sure why anyone would want to.

What Is It?

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

Along with its bigger XL cousin, the Lumia 950 is first in the line of phones designed for Windows 10. The handset packs solid smartphone specs behind a 13cm screen, including a Snapdragon 808 processor and 32GB of storage. The 20 megapixel PureView camera is a direct descendant from the excellent Nokia cameras from the good ole days.

Specifications
  • Processor: Snapdragon 808, hexacore, 64-bit (dual-core 2.0GHz + quad-core 1.5GHz)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Screen: 5.7-inch AMOLED 2560x1440 (518ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB, expandable microSD slot
  • Camera: 20MP PureView rear-facing; 5MP wide-angle front-facing
  • Connectivity: Category 6 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.0LE, 802.11ac

The 950 costs $999 in Australia for the unlocked version at the Microsoft Store.

As I've already said, the Lumia 950 is a lot of firsts for Microsoft. It's the first Windows 10 phone. It's the first top-spec'd Windows phone developed since Microsoft acquired Nokia's phone business. Further, Microsoft hopes it will be the first phone to convince consumers, and perhaps more importantly, developers, that they should bother thinking about Windows as a viable mobile platform.

For all of its rabid fans, Windows has always been a very limited mobile operating system that few people would choose on its own. It has never had the apps or fluid user experience of Android or iOS. Theoretically, you could use a Windows phone to do the basics, but you sacrifice a lot by going with Microsoft. I know only person who voluntarily uses Windows as a phone.

That said, Windows phones have their attractive features. Nokia's handsets were beautiful. For the clumsiness of the tiled design, Windows Phone 8 did have a striking appearance even if it wasn't exactly easy to use. And it did have one of the best cameras, developed by Nokia, in hopes that people might buy into an inferior operating system for better snapshots.

With Windows 10, Microsoft wants to entice users with a platform that offers a seamless desktop-to-mobile experience. The same Windows apps that work on your desktop work on your phone as well. You get the same Cortana assistant, and you can even plug your phone into a monitor and use it as a desktop — kind of.

This is an intriguing idea! Windows 10 is very good operating system that fixes many of the screwups that Microsoft made with Windows 8. But the real key is whether Microsoft can manage the mobile-desktop convergence. Everyone seems to agree that this is the future, but no one has pulled it off. Microsoft would be the first, and it would be a formidable success.

What's It Good At?

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

I'll say this much about the 950: People are curious about it. I tested the matte white version, and it definitely caught attention in the way you'd hope a $US550 ($758) investment would. But when I handed it over to an inquiring observer, no one ever concluded that this was the phone for them.

The 950 is supposed to be the next era in tradition of Nokia's long line of beautiful phones, and frankly, you wouldn't know much of its design pedigree by staring at this minimal block in front of you. The Nokia phones back in the day, like the 1520 or the 1020 were loud and attractive. They were bold design statements. The 950 doesn't say anything at all.

The 950's shape is best described as "boxy," and the plastic removable back succeeds in both looking and feeling cheap. (At least you can replace the battery!). The phone's lone striking characteristic is the silver ring around the camera lens, which pops out of the matte plastic back like a robot eye — the one design feature I actually like.

Once you wake the phone up, things start to look a little better. Like many top phones these days, the 950 packs a QHD (2560 x 1440) display. The 950 is smaller than most top phones these days, however, which means that it's got a very high pixel density of 564 PPI. It's a vibrant and pleasingly bright screen, but it's probably a touch small for watching loads of video in a world now indoctrinated to the idea that 13cm is "small."

Using It

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

I spent an entire week using the Lumia 950 trying to do everything that I would usually do on a phone. For the most, part you can use this thing as your primary smartphone almost worry-free. In the past, I found Windows Phone so limited compared to the competition that I would get easily frustrated, and to its credit, Microsoft has streamlined settings and notifications to the point that I don't have a daily urge to throw the Lumia 950 against the wall.

That said, the phone does bring its frustrations, and I might as well just get this out of the way right now: Windows 10 isn't a great mobile operating system, yet. It's quirky and buggy. Apps crash more frequently than on other platforms, and they're frequently slow to load. On battery life, the phone barely makes it through a day, and will need a charge if you're using it a lot.

That said, let's get our hands a little more dirty.

Continuum

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

One of the billboard features of the mobile version of Windows 10 is Continuum, which is a fancy way of saying that you can plug you phone into monitor and use it like a low-powered desktop. You can use Continuum entirely wirelessly — with the help of a third-party dongle — or with a little $US99 ($137) Microsoft-produced brick called the Display Dock. Despite the wires, I found the latter more practical.

The idea is that you can "leave your laptop at work," but Microsoft doesn't deliver on that claim. Does Continuum work? Yes, it technically works, however, it's a very basic experience. The 950 does not have the power of a desktop, and it's really not even close. Continuum is slow, and it's further hindered because there's not a fully developed ecosystem of universal Windows apps yet. (There is Solitaire. Bless you, Solitaire.)

This early version of Continuum is indicative of a wonderful future we might one day live in, where our phones are the brains for all of the screens we use. It's a beautiful fantasy, but we're not there yet.

Apps (or lack thereof)

A big part of Microsoft's effort to make Windows a more appealing platform is universal apps, which means that all apps built for Windows 10 will work regardless of whether you're on a phone, tablet, or full-blown computer. It's a smart move in terms of attracting developers. Still, with Windows 10 being only a few months old, there aren't many universal apps to choose from.

For now, there are options for some of the platform agnostic services people use most, like Spotify, Twitter, Netflix, and Fitbit. There are even beta versions of apps like Slack and Instagram. Windows hasn't caught up on some of the most popular apps on other platforms, and probably never will. Don't expect to see Google apps on Windows any time soon.

But if you buy a phone for the basics — maps, messaging, and phone calls — then this phone will do you just fine.

Camera

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

When Nokia launched its PureView-loaded smartphone cameras, it changed the the baseline of what you could rationally expect from photos captured by your phone. So it's no surprise that the 950 takes very good photos. They're sharp, and you usually get the shot you want on the first try. In the event that you want to tinker with your settings, it's totally possible because the camera app gives you access to full camera controls, just like those you would see on a fancy shooter.

One particularly cool feature is the ability to "choose the best lighting" on photos you took with flash. On these photos you're presented with a little slider that allows you to choose just how much light you want to blast a scene with. For example:

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

The camera suffers from many of the performance foibles you experience across the phone. The hardware camera button on the side of the phone doesn't always work and when it does, the app is slow to actually start up. Generally, the app isn't as snappy as you'd like it to be. That's too bad because otherwise it's a robust camera.

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

Windows 10 is an attractively designed operating system. You can do almost everything you want to, and the platform even has a good camera. But you can't escape the cheap-feeling hardware. The buggy performance. And there just aren't enough universal apps yet.

Cortana

The most surprising thing about Windows 10 on a phone is how much it feels like Windows Phone 8 for the most part. There are touches here and there that remind you it's not Windows 8, and perhaps the most notable improvement involves Cortana, the new Windows productivity assistant. I've always been sceptical of how useful assistants can really be. That said, Cortana is functional and relatively proactive in the way you want it to be. It knows my package tracking numbers, for example. Occasionally, Cortana will flash me other relevant information, but other I'm never left feeling like I can't live without it.

Should You Buy It?

Lumia 950 Review: Microsoft's Best Ideas Still Don't Fit In Your Hand

No, unless there is some crazy reason that you need to have a Microsoft Windows phone.

Though the 950 is an important first step toward making Windows an attractive option for developers, that promise hasn't been delivered on the smartphone side of things. There's just no reason to choose a pricey Windows handset when Google and Apple offer way better options.

When I am done with this review, I will remove the SIM card from the Lumia 950 and put it back into a Nexus 6P. Big things might be happening for Windows, but the platform's biggest ideas still don't fit into your hand.


Comments

    Its always good to read a review when its clear the reviewer is kicking off on a negative note.
    How are these reviews? Should it not be listed as an 'opinion' piece?

    "After forcing myself to use it for the past week, however, I’m not sure why anyone would want to."

    Just fuck off and let someone who doesn't have some holier than thou objective preference put pen to paper in a non judgmental worthy review.

    I'm no fan of windows, but sir, you are no reviewer either.

      After forcing myself to use it for the past week, however, I’m not sure why anyone would want to.

      Maybe he realised it was shit after 2 days, but stuck with it for a whole week in order to have enough time to truly evaluate it?

      Every time there is a negative article about Windows Phone people jump up and down about it being biased or unfair. Maybe Microsoft are just not very good at making a mobile operating system?

        Windows 10 Mobile is rubbish for the same reason Windows 10 Desktop was rubbish until TH2. Microsoft have released it half baked and too early. As an OS however, it's a hell of a lot nicer to use than Android. As usual though, shame about the apps. If I can't view my Autodesk programs on the go, can't snapchat, and can't manage facebook groups/pages, it's no good for me.

          You can use snapchat and facebook on WM8/10, as for Autodesk...I'm not sure about that because I don't use it. A quick search shows a few for autodesk already in the store. For me, it's a case that everytime Giz US has a review about Windows Phone or Tablet, they straight away say it's rubbish which isn't the right to do when writing a review. Giz US always seems to be biast against WM 8/10. GizUS has compared the Surface 3 to the iPad and iPad Pro and that isn't right as the Surface is using a full OS and the iPad is only using a Mobile OS, big difference.

          At the end of the day, who cares what kind of phone you have, as long as it does what you want, that's the main thing

            Do you use Windows Phone? Please link me to the snapchat app that doesn't need to be sideloaded and get you instabanned. Also facebook is an extremely outdated featureset, yes, a new app is coming, and is in beta for desktop, but it's not there yet. The current app is made by Microsoft, and terrible, plus there are no facebook group or pages apps. WhatsApp frequently has issues with shared filetypes, kik is an extremely basic messenger, and while 6tag is fantastic, Instagram is barely out of beta. The appgap is real, I have my phone to communicate, and without current class leading apps with current featuresets, it completely falls down as a communications device in 2016. I'm a Windows Phone fan, but I'm not excusing how hard Microsoft is failing at delivering while kicking fans in the guts anymore.

            Last edited 18/01/16 8:35 pm

              The 6-series apps were good, but got pulled because of complaints. E.g. 6Snap and 6Tin were better than the Android and iOS official apps.

                6tin is definitely not better except for giving premium features for free. 6snap at the time was better mainly for the fact you could upload from your library, so you could use the superior Lumia camera and then upload later. On my Android though with how absolutely terrible the android camera app is, snapchat is now my best camera app.

          What is wrong with these operating systems exactly? Windows 10 is fantastic, I have had zero issues and only love it more and more as I use it. Do you know what a steaming pile of shit looks like? Try OSX for enterprise level work, try Android for general desktop work - choke on those experiences and then talk to me about Windows 10.

          Autodesk?....really that's a breaking point? you can't use auto desk on your phone....ffs

          Snapchat?....what are you 12?

          Facebook...I thought the FB was terrible on windows phone 10 but then I used the android version...its not as bad as what people think by comparison.

          Oh, I'll be right back, I'm just using remote desktop via continuum to work remotely...wait....you wouldn't know what that feels like would you on IOS or Android and wont any time in the distant future.

            I did say TH1 was rubbish, and TH2 (with a fresh install mind you) fixes what was wrong mostly (except edge which is totally featureless still with unreliable syncing).

            Autodesk? Yep.

            Snapchat? Nope, 30, and everyone I know uses snapchat, except those on windows phone.

            Facebook? Yea, I have the android version currently, holy crap the windows phone version is terrible. Even if just for the two step authentication and nothing else, the android and ios versions piss on the windows phone version, let alone threaded replies, gifs, notifications NOT taking you to the mobile website, etc.

            Yea continuum is great, but can it do photoshop or 3D modelling? Nope? Well I'll still be carrying my i7 ultrabook anyway, so it's not really going to help me. I did get my mother a Lumia 950 though, she doesn't really care about apps except facebook and is fine with waiting for the new and improved version, although she's still pretty jaded about the dumping of the people hub.

      I don't understand comments like these. All product reviews are opinions. They're entirely subjective. There will always be an element of bias because the reviewer either likes it or they don't. There's no objective criteria for 'I like this device.' They just give their reasons and it's up to you to decide if you agree or not.

      EDIT: Also the "negative tone" actually has some truth to it - Windows Phone has been playing a distant third to iOS and the juggernaut Android for a long time now, and it was only ever championed by Nokia's Lumia range. That's an unfortunate fact.

      Last edited 18/01/16 5:17 pm

      You realize that he wrote that line after using the phone for a week, not before..right?

      Very well put, I don't bother with Giz's "reviews" for MS products anymore. They are all bullshit and they seem to have a vendetta against MS. Heads up Giz... MS have been around a lot longer than you and will be around for a long time to come.

      If this phone had a fruit logo, Gizmodo would bust a nut over it.

      However I must say I do feel the new phones are too expensive. considering I purchased my 930 for less than $500 over 18 months ago, these current prices are a bitter pill to swallow (for me).

        i got my 930 off ebay to replace my 4 and a bit year old lumia 800 (great phone) and the 930 is continuing that tradition for me, man how many apps do people need that they still complain about them on win phones.Yes the tech of other phones are very good but i hate the bloatware of android and i really hate apple phones for how you have to use ALL their products and no 3rd party unless they have changed their attitude of course.

      As someone who has owned both the 920 and the 930 I can understand what he's saying. I'm still waiting for a RTM build of Windows 10 for the 930. It's currently so riddled with bugs to the point where it's very frustrating to use.
      I'm thinking of going back to an iPhone at this point. Building apps like Sway for iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 and not for Windows Phone is really poor... That really shit me... It's ok but I don't think it's enough at this point.

        If you're talking about bugs that result in the 930 frustrating to use, it's obvious you're running on the windows insider fast ring, thus using non RTM product, including drivers and customisations that are not specific to your phone (most likely the cause of the bugs that you speak of)

        Everyone wants it NOW NOW NOW but wont wait for it to be adequately built before it's release. Does anyone remember earlier versions of IOS as they were released?? they were awful and crippled with bugs. either buy a new phone or wait your turn.

        Yes Windows Phone 10 is out in the wild on new devices. I own a 950XL and experience literally ZERO of the issues that people rag on about, especially the ones brought up by the author. It runs perfectly, never crashes battery is easily 1.5 days at general use.

        So I don't have snapchat or tinder....boohoo..my life has more substance than needing them in my life

      100% agree. Have been using WP since the 930 was released, recently went to Lumia Windows 10 through Windows Insider preview, and goddamn it's good.
      Completely hopeless opinion piece. The tile interface is 100x better than iOS or Android interfaces. Live Tiles rock. And I've hardly had any crashing issues even on the 930.

    I am a windows phone fan so my comments are probably a little one sided to my way of thinking but i don't find the phone cheap feeling. I find it difficult to understand the concept around form over function. Every review i have read has the appearance of the phone (a rectangular device with a screen that is usually tucked away in a case) being more important than extra useful functions i.e. removable back cover (SD storage and battery replacement).

    The only thing i can agree with in this review is the app gap. I don't find it a huge problem but there are times i wish my phone had the app popularity of the other platforms. I don't care so much for the social media crap just the obscure things like my library or bank etc. Things which you may use only once or twice a year but are annoying when you can't.

    I find the phone awesome, photos are great and it functions the way i need it. Is it better or worse than other phones, depends on your use. Just my 2 cents.

    One thing about all this makes me wonder how old the review really is... They've missed the part where MS is now able to push updates to the OS directly, bypassing the carrier. My 950 has had two updates so far and has dramatically reduced the level of "quirk" though it is not 100% yet. The "reviewer" really does come across so negative but then again, it is Gizmodo so I shouldn't be surprised.

      Country Variant (i.e. unlocked) Lumias used to be able to receive updates independently. I don't think the bypassing the carriers changes are technical, more that they've promised carriers they can vet changes to the radio stacks, but MS will push everything else as they see fit. Which is still a good thing.
      That said, there's that many die-hard Windows phone fans that have jumped ship now I'm just not sure who they're trying to pitch to anymore. Continuum (even it worked well) is too niche to be a game-changer and the nagging problem that for the last several generations MS have released a new OS then thrown it (and all compatibility) into the garbage shortly afterwards. Add in Satya's constant hints about canning the whole thing and, to me, it' s not a smart buy.

      Thanks for the feedback :)

        I am feeling a bit douchey now however, just want to say the Australian reviews tend to be a lot more even handed these days :) Meant to specify Gizmodo US!

    Battery life was an issue temporarily, but it seemed to be a software issue that was fixed with an update via Microsoft. My 950XL easily gets a full day's use now.

    As for comments about "why would anyone use a Windows Phone" - I really love the core OS of Windows Phones, and I have done for a really long time (since before there were iPhones or Android Phones). I haven't met an iPhone/Android-only app yet that I wanted so much I was willing to give up the Windows Phone OS for. Most of the time, if I can't find the same app on Windows Phone, I can find a similar alternative.

      Unfortunately for communications or social apps, finding a similar alternative doesn't help when your contacts don't and wont use it because they're happy using the class leading service you can't get, or have a rubbish version of the app with a two year old featureset like facebook.

        Exactly. There are many medical/clinical apps that have never been on Windows Phone and show zero signs of ever being ported, and I absolutely need them so I can't swap to Windows Phone, even though I tried with a Lumia 920 a little while back (and re-investigated just recently).

        Popular apps taking forever to get a port (or not being ported at all) are one of the major reasons WP is doomed to a distant third place, no matter how good it would be to have a true third competitor in the market.

          The app gap is not Microsofts fault - blame the developers of the application.

          The Snapchat CEO flat out refuses to acknowledge windows Phone. Same goes for goold and youtube. The Facebook app is NOT developed directly by Facebook. It is developed by Microsoft and reviewed by Facebook with extreme limits put on their functionality.

          Everyone also needs to remember the OS has been released on only NEW devises...it is literally not even two months old and needs to be given time to grow and mature along side Windows 10. Universal apps, continuum....this is NOTHING like what IOS and Android are offering.

            That's fine but as a consumer I don't care. I won't pick up a platform that doesn't offer any benefits to me over something I already have. I'd be going backwards to go on WP10.

            That's the reality of what the platform faces.

          so whos fault is that then the phone maker or the apps maker?

            If app developers don't want to support your platform, that's either because there's something wrong with your platform, or your platform offers no significant advantage over supporting the two most popular platforms. Windows Phones in some form or another were around before iOS and Android ever captured the market.

        Does Facebook not work in a mobile browser? Why would you even need an app?

          Facebook on mobile browser is the worst experience out of all. It preferences every crap post anyone you know has liked over actual posts your friends made. Sucks to that.

    its too expensive. its note 4 or note 5 territory, and doesnt have anything like the specs it has. I told MS this ages ago. it needs to be a $550 and $623 for the XL

      Spoken just like someone who knows nothing about what they are saying. The 950 reviewed is a 5" phone and should not even be compared to a Note 4 or 5 at 5.7". When comparing the 950XL against those the specs are almost identical.

        The 950 XL is listed as $1,129 RRP from Microsoft. A Galaxy Note 5 is around the same price and a much more capable phone... which is the OP's point. For the asking price you could get any number of comparable Android handsets with better app support.

        You're mostly paying for the Microsoft OS and hardware, much like an Apple user pays for iOS and the logo.

      To be fair, specs are meaningless - it's the results of the specs that count. Performance is more important than amounts of RAM, CPU cores/speed etc.

      You show me a flagship quality device for $550.

    They should really just build their own android rom

    I've been using a Lumia 930 with windows 10 mobile for a couple of months now and I've been really happy with it. I have the latest preview version installed. The interface looks great, is fast and responsive and intuitive to use. It is a little (very) short on apps but there are things I like better than other platforms. The integration of mail, calendar and Cortana is great when using a Microsoft account and email address. The calendar app lets you sync tasks with an ActiveSync (hotmail) email account which I don't think can be done with stock Android software. Major apps like Facebook and Netflix are good. The camera app on my 930 is extremely responsive and very fast to open when I press the camera button so perhaps this is a problem specific to the 950. Battery life seems to have improved with each software update. I can easily get 1 and a bit days with fairly heavy screen time. I also use Android on my nexus 7 tablet and enjoy both operating systems.

    Has had the phone for a week, says it takes really good photos, and then includes in the article...those?

    I know a lot of a review is highly subjective and usage dependant but 2 parts stood out for me as very different to my experience:
    1. The camera speed: I find the camera very fast to launch and take photos. I've even put it side by side with my wife's iPhone and it's about the same speed. There is a delay in post processing, but that happens in the background. Also the issue with the camera button not always working is because of a setting to prevent accidental presses in your pocket/bag and it disables the button when the proximity sensor is blocked and that's very easy to do with your hand while holding the camera in landscape, until you realise what's happening. You can also turn that setting off.

    2. Battery life: again highly usage dependant but just recently I took my 950 off the charger before 6am and used it for catching up on news feeds, ~15min of turn by turn navigation, an hour or so where I took about 20 photos, an hour of Bluetooth music streaming and some general web browsing & Cortana use, and I got a 10% warning at 8pm. That's with everything running, WiFi, Bluetooth, background tasks, etc. Battery saver would have come on at 20% and even at 10% I still had probably another hour of use. I'd love a phone with a 2 day battery but with the 950 I can feel pretty comfortable going out for a day without a charger.

    Disappointing that the dedicated camera button is slow to load, it's one of my must have features.

    I have a 3 year old 625 that due to the dedicated button loads the camera and takes pics quicker than any current android or apple phone can.

    Windows is a very buggy OS, my browser crashes all the time now, however features like downloadable offline country maps and a homescreen that doesn't look like everyone else's make me want to stay with them!

      Win10 Mobile is very buggy but I haven't had to restart my WP8.1 phone for more than a year and it has NEVER crashed. In fact, I don't think any WP8 phone I have had has ever crashed.

    "For all of its rabid fans, Windows has always been a very limited mobile operating system that few people would choose on its own. It has never had the apps or fluid user experience of Android or iOS."

    Are you fucking kidding me!?! There is no more fluid UX than Windows Phone's. Even on low power devices it is buttery smooth and incredibly fluid. I'll agree a large amount of that has been thrown out with Win10 Mobile but WP8.1 is an absolute joy compared to iOS or Android. Even on the apps front, there are several, like Weather & Surf Australia, that have no equivalent on other platforms. Apps, along with exclusive features like Glance and WiFi Sense, are what keeps me on Windows Phone.

    Typically, this review assesses this phone as a replacement for whatever the reviewer is used to, instead of taking it on it's own merits. Not so much as a word is given to the features that make WinPhone so good. Nothing about Glance and how completely indispensible it is. Nothing on the sheer genius of Wi-Fi Sense. It's all, "my current phone does these things and nothing outside of that could possibly be relevant to a review of any other handset". It's very poor journalism.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the Lumia 950 is a very average handset at a ridiculous price, and I plan on staying away from W10 Mobile for as long as possible, but the way the reviewer has approached the review is fundamentally flawed, making the whole thing a waste of time.

    I've been using Nokia Lumia's for many years (N96, 920) and have been impressed by their usability, reliability and features and will be upgrading to the 950 or 950XL. I have a number of friends who all have iphones and all of them continually whinge and complain (call drop outs, too small (i5) or too big/bulky (i6), average camera, average battery life, Apple's control over their apps, lack of direct compatibility with their pc etc.). On the opposite hand, of the those I've met who have Lumia's, no one has been unhappy with their smart phone. My own preference is the look and feel of the Windows live tiles compared to the cartoon-like icons on the Apple; others will have their own preference and that's okay too.
    Having read the article I agree with other comments that the author has a negative bias. All he's doing is forcing more people to act like sheep and follow the crowd and buy more iphones or the like. I think it's common knowledge that Apple has by far the highest number of apps available but that doesn't make a phone better unless you're downloading apps everyday?
    Having a removable battery in the 950 (like the N96) is an improvement over fixed battery in the 920. My Lumia gets a lot of use (phone, and modem to my remote pc) to access emails and the internet and the direct compatibility and use between the phone and office and home pc's makes it so much less complicated. Each to their own. Having listened to those with other smart phones I don't think I've missed out by having a Lumia.......

    I was using a Lumia 900 with WP 7.5 up until I accidentally smashed the screen a few days ago. As this was a work issued phone, social network apps were not a high priority, but syncing to the office windows network is. No problems at all in that regard and it worked seamlessly.

    I was issued a new android phone and have had nothing but trouble with the syncing, that even our IT guys can't fix. The problem relates to your Contacts storing every contact you've ever made in Outlook. I had contacts created from a single email I sent a supplier 10 years ago. It resulted in thousands on Contacts being created which made the phone useless for trying to contact someone. The system is really geared towards individuals using Gmail and Google related apps. Android forums have complaints on this for over 2 years and Android have acknowledged this problem but have yet to fix it. So before people rag the WP system it does provide a seamless interface with Windows in an office/business environment.

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