Posts tagged with: Lumia 950
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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    Some lucky people were able to snag some free goodies with the purchase of a then-new Lumia 950 XL. As short-lived as those promotions were and for how little we knew about the phones then, snagging some Continuum with your new Windows 10 Mobile device was pretty nifty. Well, if you're a Briton still thinking about getting either a Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you should probably take action anytime tomorrow or through June 30. Afterward, you can take advantage of a promo code for a free Microsoft Display Dock, worth £79.99. You can access the offer on the Lumia Offers app — an app almost ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    Are you a hapless Lumia owner? Disappointed by Microsoft on how it's handled software for its latest flagships? Disappointed at the darn flagship hardware? Well, we might not be able to do much for you for the first two, but Mozo can definitely help out on the last one. The Microsoft store now has the Finnish craftsmaker's cognac (or "Brown" as the outlet inelegantly puts it) leather back cover for the Lumia 950 XL, the black leather cover for the Lumia 950 and two covers for the Lumia 550 — one is a flip cover with a leather-style finish while the other is a cyan rubberized cover. The ...

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    Double tap to wake. LG's done it. So has HTC. Several others, too. It's faster and doesn't need as much effort as pressing a button. Previous Nokia Lumias have this feature — particularly talking about the pre-Windows 10 Mobile handsets. It's not on the Lumia 950. Neither on the Lumia 950 XL. So, when Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, who was promoting progress on a debug effort, answers a tweet requesting the double tap feature on the Lumia 950 XL as such: @RayVanEe Double tap on 950 is a common request, upvote it in Feedback Hub! — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 29, 2016 ... it attracted scorn ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations. With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse. In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The ...

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    It's rare that a smartphone is so defined by an accessory, especially a third-party one, but when we saw Microsoft showing off the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL at those phones' launch event alongside their custom leather Mozo covers, we knew we were looking at something special. Indeed, while you'll find plenty of criticism about the design Microsoft went with for its Windows 10 Mobile flagship models, it's almost like those objections vanish when we wrap one of those phones in Mozo's smart-looking leather shell. Now the case maker's planning to give 950/XL users even more options for sprucing ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your podcatchers starting at 3am Eastern on April 16. Enjoy! The HTC 10 is taking the Android world by storm. Can this one phone turn the tides for HTC? Our LG G5 coverage is in full swing, and everything you want to know about this phone will be answered. Lastly, another "backdoor" encryption bill is headed to congress, what might this mean for consumer tech? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, ...

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    No one likes getting left behind the the tide of progress, but that's exactly what happened for a large number of Windows Phone users last month as Microsoft finally released its Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing smartphones. Despite the large number of models supported over the course of the prior year through the company's Insider testing program, the public W10M update only delivered updates for a fraction of those handsets – and Microsoft would soon confirm that there was no second wave of updates coming to bring Windows 10 Mobile to additional handsets. What are you supposed to ...

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    2016 is off to a fantastic start for smartphone photographers. While we're prepping to review the LG G5, let's compare the current top shooters for each ecosystem. The Galaxy S7 is the new kid on the block. The iPhone 6S is Apple's current flagship, but we can expect the new iPhone SE to perform similarly. We're also throwing in the the megapixel monster Lumia 950. All three are poised to do battle! This trio represents the smaller sized flagship from each respective company. All three shoot native 4:3 aspect ratio frames. The iPhone and Galaxy both have 12MP sensors, while the Lumia saves ...

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    Microsoft is probably feeling the heat from the new wave of Android powerhouses, particularly the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Galaxy S7/S7 Edge duo. Beside those key selling points, superior RAM counts and faster processors, these high-end rookies are also surprisingly inexpensive, especially in BOGO arrangements. It comes as no surprise therefore the Lumia 950 costs $450 unlocked starting today and through March 27, while supplies last in Redmond’s on and offline US stores. Furthermore, the Continuum-enabled, Windows 10-running 5.2-incher fetches you a free year of Office 365 ...

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    For those of us following the Windows 10 for Mobile saga, the Lumia 950 and 950XL got off to a shaky start. The initial out of the box experience was buggy, and though there was a nearly instant update pushed out at launch, both phones still suffered from performance and stability issues. The common reply from Windows phone fans, “use the Insider Preview builds, and you’ll get faster updates”. When Microsoft representatives discuss the Lumia 950, they’re quick to focus on these phones being designed for fans of the Lumia brand. That makes sense when viewed against the Insider ...

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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    Microsoft picked and chose which carrier would get its new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL devices in the US. The company wanted to be the source of clean software updates, something Apple can be for pretty much all of its iPhones because of its clout. But were Windows 10 Mobile OTAs really the core issue for Telstra in Australia? The carrier sent a statement to Whirlpool Forums' user Glenn L who relayed that the Lumia 950 had failed its testing. That testing apparently resulted in the phone "failing to connect to the Telsra network half the time." As such, Telstra will not carry the device ...

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    Man, when it rains, it pours, and already today we've been talking about delay after delay in the smartphone world. It looks like we've got at least one more for you before the day's out, and this time we're swinging back around to a company already wrapped up in some of that earlier delay talk, as we get an update on Microsoft's planned distribution of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone handsets – and why that won't be proceeding as scheduled. As you'll recall, it was only last week when we were hearing from multiple carriers that the Windows 10 Mobile updates were essentially ...

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    We will probably never know for sure if Lumia 950 and especially 950 XL’s recent availability woes were caused by software and firmware glitches or a simple case of demand exceeding supply (or a bit of both), but all’s well that ends well, and the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships can again be ordered online from Microsoft worldwide. Perhaps worldwide is a bit of a stretch, but folks living in a number of “important” European countries, plus US and Canada, have sufficient Lumia 950 and 950 XL inventory at their disposal. For the time being, at least, and as long as you’re willing ...

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    There’s a very delicate balance between smooth software and polished hardware Microsoft needs to strike before calling the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ready to thrill, and with Windows 10 Mobile relatively stable (for a beta OS) after recent patches, it’s time the firmware on the two devices got revised in more markets. Following parts of Europe, as well as Australia, the jumbo-sized unlocked model receives a crucial update in North America. Various users both stateside and up north are reporting their firmware build number going up to 01078.00027.15506.02005, with hardware version now ...

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    We're not quite sure what to think anymore of Microsoft's smartphone business, as we're seeing and hearing mixed messages, both through official and unofficial channels. Microsoft acknowledged that its smartphone market share is "unsustainable", and, adding to that, the Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's own Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone, is struggling in the UK, where it was taken off retail shelves. Furthermore, Amazon UK and Amazon France have both halted Lumia 950XL sales, so the outlook isn't very bright. On the other hand, a recent Microsoft Blog post --talking about Windows 10 being ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    In most cases, it wouldn't make sense for a retailer to stop carrying a product it agreed to carry on behalf of its vendor unless the vendor tells the retailer not to. If there's a problem on the retailer side, it'd be tough to find a reason for the vendor to spin the issue. When Amazon Germany announced that it had to withdraw the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from sales, there was a question about just how many customers were complaining about or returning the device. It's been a week since the take-down occurred and Microsoft has not addressed the issue. Similarly, "Purchase" buttons for the ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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    In addition to a fairly extensive Windows 10 Mobile software update initially plagued by bugs, then ultimately stabilized and polished and sent to all three new Lumias without carrier intervention, Microsoft has also been hard at work on a 950 and 950 XL-specific firmware revisal. This other update started its slow rollout before Christmas in various European markets, and after a short break, it’s now reportedly expanding to more British and Irish owners of the first W10M flagship devices. Rest assured, our US-based friends and readers, as your firmware should soon get overhauled too, ...

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