Since last Tuesday, I’ve got a Microsoft Lumia 950 here and while there are definitely some things which could be better, my experience with the device has been very positive so far. To be fair – after reading several reviews and observing comments on Twitter – I didn’t pitch my expectations too high. But I did not pitch them very low either – after all this is a flagship device. Nevertheless, I like the Lumia 950 far more than expected! In this post I’d like to share some early impressions with you…
Wow! The 950 looks awesome in white!
One of the first things I’ve noticed after once again being blown away by how light the Lumia 950 feels in the hand is how beautiful the device looks in white. The white back just perfectly matches the metallic (looking) parts of the back, e.g. the camera “ring” and the Microsoft logo. I actually immediately fell in love with the design of the Lumia 950 which was quite unexpected since I wasn’t too excited about the 950’s design when I got my hands on the device at the Windows10devices event last year. To be fair though, I only got to see the black version which I actually would have bought if I picked one up. Now, I probably would go with the white version even though there is a downside to the white color: dirt is clearly visible on the back. All in all I’m just pleasantly surprised by the design and the feeling of the Lumia 950. But this doesn’t mean I’ve got no complains at all regarding the design and build quality…
Yes, it could feel more premium!
I know this criticism has been made by many people out there and you probably can’t stand reading it anymore. Nevertheless, one has to admit that the Lumia 950 doesn’t meet today’s industry “standards” (e.g. metal body) in terms of build quality/ premium feeling. I know there are people who may prefer the comfortable feeling of plastic over the cold metal feeling, but still it doesn’t give you that premium feeling many are asking for. Even though I quite like the plastic chassis of the Lumia 950 (I already enjoyed it on the Lumia 640 and 640 XL) I absolutely prefer the construction of my Surface Pro 4 which has a metal design!
Windows Hello – Not as convenient as on the Surface Pro 4, but still great!
One of the features which differentiates the Lumia 950 (XL) from other smartphones on the market is the Windows Hello iris scanner – other manufacturer preferably use fingerprint sensors. While it works very reliable and reasonably fast (could be quicker though) it still isn’t as convenient as on the Surface Pro 4 because you have to hold the phone quite close to the face. Nevertheless, I think Windows Hello on the Lumia 950 works great! Better than expected!
Display is phenomenal
At the Windows10devices event I quite liked the high-res display of the Lumia 950 but to me the colors looked slightly washed out. Now that I used the phone for a while I have to change my mind: The Lumia 950’s display is just phenomenal! It’s sharp, bright and colors look great! Together with the awesome camera the display is one of the highlights for me.
Windows 10 Mobile – Not perfect but not bad either
While Valentin is using Windows 10 Mobile on a regular basis (and keeps you up to date) I’m still waiting for the official rollout by Microsoft. The last time I tried out Windows 10 Mobile was probably back in July on my Lumia 535. Thus, the Lumia 950 is the first phone I’m using with the “finished” version of the OS. While I read many comments about Windows 10 Mobile not being ready/pleasant to use on the new flagships, my experience has been mostly positive. Of course there are some bugs now and then but overall I feel like Windows 10 Mobile brings some nice improvements to the table, for instance the improved Action Center.
So far I’m pleasantly surprised by the great experience I had with the Lumia 950: The phone looks nice in white, Windows Hello works reliably and the display is phenomenal. I’m definitely looking forward to the following days and weeks to see how my experience with the device develops. Of course we will publish a review here as well as on our YouTube channel.