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“Is lisa from mobile. Tech review and here s one that you ve been asking asking for this is the microsoft lumia. 950 xl xl for extra large 57. Inch.
Display here q hd resolution we ve already reviewed the lumia. 950 which is the 52 inch model. It s 100 less expensive that one was on at t. This one is an unlocked phone.
Dual sim phone. We ll talk about what that means and you can use it on any gsm carrier 4g lte. Other goodies include the top of the line snapdragon 810 cpu the new windows 10 for phones are windows 10 mobile. Whatever you want to call it these names huh continuum is here cortana for your voice recognition pleasure and commands and all that sort of thing.
It s not a cheap phone. Though it s it s 650 dollars unlock. Granted no contract no payments. No nothing like that but still that s a lot of money and is it worth it we re going to find out now.
So. This is the microsoft. Lumia 950. Xl.
No longer nokia in the name. Just microsoft. And it s the bigger version in some ways of this in theory. So one faster version of the 950 that we already reviewed.
Here which has a 52 inch display slightly slower cpu same camera a lot of the same features all that sort of thing. Both of these are available in your choice of black or white with removable polycarbonate back so there are third party backs. Even microsoft stores are starting to stock. Some of those so if you want some jazzy colors and that sort of thing and there s a really nice optional leather bag third party that you can search for if you re looking for their four backs and make sure you get ones are compatible.
With the the nfc and the qi wireless charging this the tricky part because we do have both nfc and qi wireless charging. And it works pretty well with this we ve tested two different qi wireless chargers and that work just 120 megapixel pureview camera on the back we still have that nokia lingo for that sort of stuff. They re at triple tone led flash for natural colors. You can see it right there you re looking at the same camera just a different physical presentation.
Really as on the 955 megapixel front camera this back is removable hey. That s a nice thing and becoming rare and rare in the box. There s even a little sticker with an hour to point you towards the right side a little pry point. Where you would actually pry off the back which you do like so for 650.
You know i said the same thing even about the fifth 100 cheaper. That s 550 regular 950. It doesn t look as classy as it might i like polycarbonate look. I think that some of the previous lumias have looked pretty cool this one just looks at.
But some alternative backs can really you know jazz it up nicely. It s all working off of the fingernails here to get this off and that s what it looks like on the inside. Here. And here.
We have a removable 33. 40. Milliamp battery. That s a nice big battery micro sd card slot compatible the cards up to 200 gigs.
We do have a card install there easy peasy to use one of those now no special formatting or anything required like windows of old windows phone. Sim card slot. Number one over here we have an at t sim in this a t mobile sim would work a variety of sims with a lot of lte 4g band support it and that s your second nano sim card slots a dual sim phone. That s a feature that s more popular in some overseas countries and is in the united states.
Where most of us do just keep one simoneaux foments and those people won t have two lines and two phone numbers you can even have mixed carriers. If you want to and you can do it with that and we ll show you how that s handled in software. Too we got our speaker over here. And that is the back of the phone naked on the bottom.
Here. We have a usb c. Port. We haven t seen that in too many phones.
The the latest nexus phones are some of the few others that we ve seen it on you get a quick charging usb c charger. In the box. And also a usb. See the standard usb.
A that s the usual usb connector. You have my most computers so you can actually transfer data. If you wish it s nice that that s in the box on the side the phone. We have the dedicated camera key.
I always like that this is a who designed this eye right here. We have the volume up. We have the volume that we have the power button in the middle. So that means you re probably accidentally unless you really get the hang of feeling it going to be hitting the power button symptoms.
When you re shooting for the volume keys or alternatively. Doing something you didn t want to do these buttons are kind of sharp a little bit rough not not really thrilled with that it s good that they re tacked on you can tell them you know sometimes are very soft and smooth and they blend into the body. But this could just about pull the calluses off my fingertip since i play guitar. I have some of those it s good little nail file maybe i don t know is not not the nicest touch clean looking lines over here and we got our headphone jacks centered right up top and center.
And this lighting is really hard to see the glance screen. But you can have your own picture right faintly. You might be able to see my kitty you might not into bright light. You can t see under normal home or office lighting.
Again shows you the time and notification. So you re aware of them this does support windows hello. And it uses there s two types of windows. All the cameras that microsoft is using like on the surface products is doing facial recognition here.
It s doing iris recognition and you can set it up first you have to choose a pin as a backup and then it tells you to take off your glasses. If you wear glasses. Which can be a bad joke. If you re terribly in your sight.
You might actually have trouble seeing the written instructions on the screen. That said you setting it up is pretty easy. But it s kind of hit or miss you have to hold the phone really close to your face. Which can be kind of awkward.
Sometimes you just you know you start waving around like the magic wand and they said give up and put in your pin. I trust over time that that will improve it works really great on the surface book and surface pro 4. So they ll probably get it right here. And then it s going to be a magical little feature.
But right now yeah hit or miss the only captivating feature that microsoft might have hoped that with this could steal you punk s away from their android and their their iphone. Handsets is continuum right here. Now we can cover the continuum before on the 950. So i m not going to go over it again you can watch that review.
But it s pretty neat you can either use the 99 display dock. Which microsoft is giving away via mail in rebate with these for a limited time. It s they re still doing it right now it takes 8 to 10 weeks to get it so. If you re impatient that s not so much fun anyway hook.
It up to that you can plug a keyboard and a mouse into that in your display. And you can actually use this with a full size monitor now only apps that support continuum will run. Which means basically right now the built in apps. Not many of the third party apps.
If any at all as a matter of fact maybe they re hoping that 8 to 10 weeks time that they ll actually get more apps on borby you can actually use word excel powerpoint the edge web browser that s built in and it s a very sort of desktop ii like experience. There s a lot of shared dna between this and windows 10 for laptops and desktops and that s not a bad thing. And there s going to be universal apps. Eventually so developers can have an easy time of doing live tile apps either for the phone or for your laptop of your desktop.
But at the ui has gotten a little bit more complex over time and some of it is a lot more like windows 10 for your desktop and i m not sure that s a good thing. The settings have gotten more granular. But they ve also gotten a lot more complicated every category has several categories underneath. It you start hunting for settings when things go wrong you get those evil microsoft error codes you know 0x eight five five one two three four in case you need help type in this digit right into google or bing.
And see what it might mean that that s not something we want to see on phones. We want something that actually is human speed right so overall. I like the synergy and there is an element of familiarity if you re using windows. 10 on the desktop and you re using this but they might have taken it a little too far at this point.
The phone is running on the two gigahertz snapdragon 810. That s currently the fastest cpu available in the snapdragon family with adreno 430 graphics. Three gigs of ram 32. Gigs of internal storage.
Plus. Get that micro sd card slot. So this guy should be nice and fast shouldn t it that s how you get to your all apps in case. You don t know it doesn t really feel much faster than the regular 950 with the slower cpu that said.
I think that s because windows. 10 for phones. Still is a work in progress and it needs some fine tuning. There are times.
When this will actually bulk and stutter a little. Bit which is so we didn t never saw in windows. Phone 8. 81.
So obviously. It s microsoft trying to get things right. Because. This is very fast hardware inside of you does get toasty.
If you re doing say like gaming. Especially if you re charging at the same time all phones. Generally will get toasty. Then and this is the warm spot right here not burning hot them.
So nothing that has concerned me in terms of thermals on it. The web browser like i said is microsoft edge for better or worse. That s been a problem child a little bit on stops. It can be very good and render very pretty.
But you know it s sometimes you ll notice things like if you ve got multiple tabs loading that it reloads every time you switch between tabs that sort of thing again this feels like another work in progress. However. It does do a pretty good job of rendering desktop sites and of course. It works with mobile sites too so overall.
It s not bad again. I feel like microsoft has some work to do there the office applications these are mobile versions of course your desktop has a whole lot more horsepower and storage capabilities for large applications. So this is never going to do everything your desktop does. But these are pretty capable little applications and for those of you aren t married to google.
Docs and all that sort of thing. There s a little introduction. It s quite nice and if you have an office 365 subscription. You can use onedrive in go to town with it.
And this is what word looks like in an actual document in the hamburger menu is now pervasively everywhere final ui glitches. See what i mean how those the menus. Didn t actually load instantly. This is a dual sim phone.
So you re not seeing things twice for no reason at all it actually has separate little phone apps for each sim card. I think that s pretty nice way of handling because otherwise having reviewed some dual sim android phone sometimes is a little confusing as to who s having the zone in which sim card you re actually using so for those who who use that feature. It s not so bad the status up here. Actually tells you you know you have a no sim to sign there.
If you don t have a sim installed in it it s not so bad dual band wi fi 811 ac with bluetooth 41. And usual gps and nfc some people i know have had troubled wi fi with this we use this mostly on the 5 gigahertz band and it s actually behaved fine for us. The only place we ve had problems with networking and it really has nothing to do with wi fi is these door application so store is a nice looking place. And you microsoft surprising you put a lot of preloaded apps on this you know because it s not carrier phone.
It doesn t get bloatware. But they put uber on this and amazon a bunch of different popular apps. So you know they actually do is this for windows phone to the app ecosystem is nothing like the huge thing that is the android app store or our apples for that matter. But you know all this the core apps are just about there a anyway when you get one of these phones.
Chances are a lot of the apps need to be updated. It s going to tell you right there with an arrow. It took two days of getting it to try it seemed like the phone every time it would just sleep the screen. It would stop downloading it would just bulk.
It was kind of just driving me crazy. Now are a little 950 behaved better than that it still has that problem occasionally. And you know that s not unusual in windows phone. It s a little bulky with the store updates and with downloading and all that kind of thing.
But this is that sometimes carrier intervention is not a bad thing. Because this is the at t model there s the logo right there so at t and all carriers put their phones through a whole battery of tests for reliability and usability before they ll put them out on the shelf so in this case. They might have kept microsoft and lionel. But for a little bit more stable experience on that front that s how we do have the latest release software on this there was a big update.
It did improve some stuff. We are not running the insider preview. Because we want a stable experience and out of the box. Experience.
Like you would have here an insider. Preview can add some new features. But it can also introduce some stability problems right. There call quality on the phone is good.
But surprising. Not quite as good as the 950 once again in i wouldn t say that calls sound underwater outgoing. But they sound a little bit digitized you know if you re not calling from a noisy environment. But overall.
It s pretty decent. Incoming voice sounds loud and clear very nice on this good earpiece. Good audio. In fact through the headphone jack plenty of volume on this and the speakers are not bad.
Either. Some people have had problems with crackling and popping sounds from the speakers when playing music or switching audio tracks. I haven t had that problem with this in terms of data speeds using the speedtestnet app on at t and t mobile data speeds were quite good and in part for the course with comparable speeds to any carrier phone this supports lte bands one three two four five seven eight 12 17 20 and 20 gate so you should get good coverage. Wherever you go with either carrier and of course.
It will work overseas as well for those who want to travel internationally and being unlocked. You can put in any gsm carrier sim that you want front of this phone is protected with gorilla glass. 4. And again this is a qhd amoled display 2560 by 1440 resolution it being amoled it has vivid colors.
But they re pretty well controlled and there s a couple of different color profiles you can choose from it has outdoor display mode. But that s it and the brightness is not super bright. We are running it actually at max brightness right now. Which is around 300 nits and glare is a little bit of an issue.
But it s a very pretty nicely color balance. Despite that i rather like for looking at photos and watching. Video it s big at 57. Inches.
Too so it s real pleasing for those of you want to use this for content consumption so this is a front 5 megapixel camera wide angle lens. F 24. Can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second it s a pretty good front camera. The rear 20 megapixel camera again it s akin to what s in the 950.
And it s a good camera. I wouldn t say it beats the pants off of say the samsung galaxy s6 the lg v10 are even the iphone 6s plus which like this also has optical image stabilization. But it certainly is good and takes very pleasing and natural photos and this is what the picture interface looks like you can either use your dedicated hardware button to take a picture or you can use the on screen buttons. We ve got quick access to the flash control swapping between cameras effects you can use lumion lenses with this anything for bar card readers to special effects and if you want to get to more settings over here or the photo timers right there focus speeds are not bad sometimes.
I do see it hunting back and forth a little bit buddy shot. Times are very quick on this so we have the surface book back here. And because one of the nice. Things have used is a microsoft account.
The pictures sync so seamlessly instead of showing you on the tv screen. Some of the pictures. We ve taken we re going to show you on the big screen and by the way this can shoot 4k video at 30 frames per second. It s pretty good video.
Particularly when lighting is better than 1080p video of course is a little bit softer because 1080p is lower resolution. But it s pretty pretty good camera overall. I wouldn t again that it eats the competition. But it certainly keeps up with the best that s available right now on other platforms.
So let s take a look at the photos on our surface book. So they re a little bit of a blue color cast outdoors blue to magenta. But otherwise. It s pretty sharpen and handles the high contrast well the silver of the car.
Often would be a problem here again is another high contrast setting testing to see how it handle the colors. It did a beautiful job. The blue over here the the color of the building that is actually correct color exposure in darker areas over here nicely handled. So it s a good camera.
I don t think anybody would complain about this here just for checking out our details right there really nice and sharp beautiful flowers sharply rendered as we zoom in you can see they stay sharp they stay very colorful and crisp contrast isn t lovely on this and another flower shot here still very distinct colors are not dithering. Together anything like that look at the detail over here it is it s good alright so those were mostly bright lit shots. This is actually shot indoors here not the best lighting. But still let s take a look at something darker you know here these real dark wine bottles.
Didn t expose quite right this is a little bit overexposed. It s not a bad photo. But then give it another try and here this is absolutely perfect really nice blacks on this good sharp contrast. The lights are light everything is very clear you can actually see the texture on the labels of the bottle.
So overall you can tell i like the camera. Quite a lot and i would expect that for a high end lumia. They re supposed to have good cameras and in fact this one does it s a nice big screen for playing games. It s a nice fast processor with good graphics.
Too so everything we would expect so we ll have a little asphalt. 8. Going on here that as you can see place quite smoothly. The speaker is at 50 volume.
It s a pretty loud speaker game control is good on this. I am playing sideways right now so don t go by the way that i m driving on this and it s just fine one thing this game will eat up your battery. A lot. What achievement unlock.
The games will eat the battery uh pretty quickly on this and if i despite the large 33. 40. Milliamp battery. In here.
I and generally what s a power. Frugal black amoled display the battery life on this is just okay. Sometimes i struggle to make it to the end of the day that means bedtime before charging and that s just with moderate use streaming some videos. Doing social networking browsing the web.
All that sort of thing throw in some games. And you re for sure going to have to charge this fella probably sometime in midday. Some of the nice little things i like about windows phone you can just swipe. It at any time like that whenever you need the menus to control something.
And we have all the nice notifications up here very good notification system. You can get information about stock market. All sorts of things breaking news and of course. Cortana is on board.
Too for your voice command and voice dictation in general works. Very well on windows phone. So there s some upsides there too so that s the microsoft lumia 950xl. It s available now in ephemeral updates and software.
Updates os updates have helped it s um there s a firmware update. We re still waiting receive. It was just released today this supposed to make some improvements still it s kind of a quacking little phone. The 950 was more stable for us like.
I said sometimes carrier influence can be a good thing because they put it through a whole lot of testing with this one microsoft can ride free and loose put out os updates. Whatever they want to do whatever they want with it. But the trade off can be with such a new operating system some stability some quirks. Some annoyances there are some of those here still it we haven t seen a flagship windows 10 phone yet until now we haven t seen a flagship windows phone for quite some time so if you want a big screen version this one is it right now.
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