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Microsoft Lumia 950 - Built To Do Great Things

Microsoft Lumia 950 - Built To Do Great Things
Microsoft has been trying to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop devices for quite some time, but their attempts haven’t always been exactly silky smooth. Windows Mobile as a platform failed to gain massive traction right from the beginning, isolating many developers thereby missing out on crucial apps. For Microsoft, the solution was to streamline two different platforms into a coherent experience increasing productivity in the process. Let’s explore if Microsoft Lumia 950 is the step in the right direction?

Microsoft Lumia 950
 

Lumia 950 is Microsoft’s first Windows 10 flagship, but you certainly wouldn’t be able to tell by its looks as it looks very ordinary on the outside. Gone are the days of Lumia’s vibrant colour schemes such as bright orange or green, replaced with more sedate colours like black and white. Sized at 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm and weighing in at 150 grams, it isn’t the lightest or slimmest smartphone out there, however it fits nicely in the palm of our hand and feels fairly well made. Metals such as aluminium are always going to have a much nicer feel, nonetheless Microsoft has done a great job shaping this piece of polycarbonate into a quality product. Unlike some other flagships, Lumia grants full access to its battery, SIM card, and a microSD slot.
 

Microsoft Lumia 950


Front side is adorned by a grandiose 5.2-inch AMOLED screen rendering 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting in roughly 564ppi density. In this department, Lumia really rivals other flagships as the screen quality is nearly perfect. Brightness could be a tad stronger, however important stuff such as colour saturation, contrast, and black levels are spot on. The large screen also plays a huge role in the overall experience as it enables you to spot even the tiniest details while watching movies or playing games. We only wish there were more Android or iOS class games at our disposal.
 

Microsoft Lumia 950


To power their latest flagship, Microsoft picked out the best components consisting of Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 808 CPU paired with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM. From a hardware perspective, these specs can handle even the toughest assignments, but software optimization plays a key role on any device. New version of Windows Phone doesn’t look all that different compared to WP 8.1, nevertheless everything has been changed in order to accommodate features like Continuum. With the help of a tiny adapter Lumia 950 can be connected to any screen for a desktop-like experience. We’ve always dreamed about having one device taking care of all our computing needs and it seems Microsoft has taken upon itself to make that happen. While the concept is brilliant, the seamless experience isn’t quite there yet. Once connected to a display, you do get a desktop environment very similar to Windows 10, complete with a start menu and apps like Edge, but it’s still far from a real desktop. You can’t install .exe files and the only apps able to use this feature are mostly made by Microsoft. It’s a great idea with incredible potential, it just needs a little more time to fully develop.
 

Microsoft Lumia 950


Lumias were always great at taking photos and Lumia 950 isn’t an exception. Featuring a 20-megapixel camera on the back with Carl Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization, it is capable of taking astounding photos in almost all conditions. Helping out in the dark is a triple LED flash truly lighting up the object you are trying to photograph. Selfies and video calls are handled by a 5-megapixel front sensor.

Even though desktop/mobile technology is in its infancy, the potential for creating something infinitely practical is astonishing. Just imagine if you could do everything on one device, eliminating the need to sync files or lug around an additional computer. We know that ultrabooks have made life much easier, however they can’t come close to the convenience of transporting an entire computer in your pocket. Microsoft has started something revolutionary and we hope their idea grows into something wonderful.

 


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