The Lumia 950: Is It the Best Smartphone Released by Microsoft?

The Lumia 950: Is It the Best Smartphone Released by Microsoft?
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It may seem like an obvious statement, but Microsoft smartphones are nowhere near the market share of Apple or Android smartphones. This is mostly caused by the lack of apps on the Windows store and not necessarily on the bad hardware.

On the contrary, the latest Microsoft Lumia 950 has excellent hardware specs, making it the best smartphone to ever be released by Microsoft.

Why is the the Lumia 950 possibly the best smartphone ever released by Microsoft?


There’s really nothing we can complain about when it comes to the smartphone’s hardware. It has a generous 5.2” screen with a QHD display (1440 x 2560 pixels with a pixel density of  approximately 564 ppi).

There’s a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU from Qualcomm inside the durable plastic body, which can handle everything you throw at it with ease. The 3GB of RAM also plays an important role in this. Overall, it’s a very snappy smartphone.

We absolutely love the fact that all Lumia 950 smartphones come with 32GB of internal storage. Although it was launched at the end of 2015, 32GB has become the gold standard for 2017. Moreover, there’s a dedicated microSD slot that can handle up to 256GB of extra storage.

Although the storage is very useful when it comes to documents and photos, it really shows its use when you’re using the phone’s video capabilities. Thanks to its 20MP PureView camera you can record in 4K at 30FPS and in FullHD at 60FPS.

We feel like the 3000mAh is not enough, with the QHD screen and powerful hardware taking their toll. However, you can expect up to 8 hours of continuous web browsing and over 9 hours of video playback before it will need a recharge. The battery also comes with wireless charging capabilities.


The Lumia 950 comes with the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile straight out of the box. It is the first Microsoft phone to do so and we think it was about time this happened. Thanks to Microsoft’s continuous dedication to improve upon its operating systems, we can expect a seamless transition between the desktop, Xbox, and smartphone operating systems.

The Glance Screen is back on Windows 10 Mobile as well and the AMOLED screen really brings out the best of it. There’s a monochrome clock, accompanied by the date and it shows you the number of missed notifications next to an icon of the related application.

Windows Hello now has integrated iris recognition software that works closely with the phone’s dedicated camera sensor. According to our test, the iris recognition software works excellent, even in low-light conditions.


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