What We Think of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

What We Think of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
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Do you currently have the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL or are you planning on getting one? If so, you’re in the right place to find out all there is to know. For over a year before the release, Microsoft had claimed that the Lumia 950 XL would feature a new category of universal apps, iris-scanning tech and the trademark PureView camera hardware. So let’s see if this handset lives up to the claims!

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

What’s the Design Like?

The Lumia’s predecessors came in a selection of bright colours, but unfortunately, the 950 XL comes only in black, making it look rather dull. However, you can always brighten up your handset with one of our very many phone cases and accessories! But be careful…the removable back plate seems rather flimsy and thin. So beware not to snap it when you remove it to access the battery, SIM or memory card slots.

In addition, there's a USB Type-C connector along its bottom edge. The power, volume and shutter buttons are well placed, so you can still reach them using only one hand even although the phone is plus-sized (152 x 78 x 8.1mm) in size. But at 165g, it’s not too heavy and doesn’t feel too heavy to hold in one hand.

Good Display

The Lumia 950 XL comes with an impressive 5.7-inch quad-HD, AMOLED display, putting it on par with some of the best plus sized handsets on the market. The Lumia 950 XL’s display matches its competitors display. The screen’s 518ppi density ensures Live Tiles and text look sharp and crisp with vibrant and rich colours.

While the brightness isn't the best, it's good enough for general use. Direct sunlight can result in the screen becoming reflective and therefore difficult to use, but that’s a universal issue affecting most of the smartphones on the market.

Pros and Cons
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of the Lumia 950 XL

• Good screen and display
• Great camera
• Cortana included

• Dull and dark design (but you might like that)
• Not enough consumer apps available

Do you have any comments on the Lumia 950 XL? Let us know by commenting below!

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