Microsoft must be insane to want to come up with a handset rivalling against the likes of iOS and Android phones. But they still did it anyway – and in the form of a Microsoft Lumia 950. The introduction of Windows 10 on the device would seemingly be much more of an exciting turnaround for the company, but it’s also got its fair share of downsides too.
In short, the Lumia 950 has 20-megapixel camera, Quad HD 5.2-inch screen and a solid battery life, as well as being ridiculously comfortable to hold. But stare at it longer and you’ll find it incredibly plain and boring to look at, since the polycarbonate plastic case feels somewhat lacklustre too.
The Quad HD AMOLED display delivers 564 pixels per linear inch, thus, making it more detailed and perfect for movies or photo browsing. But it’s nowhere close to the colour accuracy the more premium rivals could provide for a better user experience. That’s because the Lumia 950’s screen is less brighter, even at full brightness. At least the blacks are deep, though.
If there’s one feature to give props to, it’s got to be the Type-C USB plug as it boosts charging speed to the point where it can half-charge the battery in just half an hour. But the more irritating part of it is the navigation feature. You’ll not be getting two separate Here Maps and Here Drive+ apps, because the two of them will merge together to form just Maps. It would make it seem like it took a fiddly step backwards and takes forever to update too.
There’s another thing about the Windows Hello app, which allows you to unlock your phone with just your eyeballs. Seems like some cool advanced tech going on there, but chances are you’d feel embarrassed using this in public since your face has to be awkwardly close to the phone. Not really an ideal way to unlock the phone.
Sure, Windows 10 would sound interesting but the stacks are not so high in rivalling against its iOS and Android counterparts. Just expect it to occasionally annoy the hell out of you, especially when you realized that the app catalogue is still far behind that of the iOS and Android. Unless you’re willing to accept its flaws (that we could go on forever), you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.