5 things that would have made the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL even better phones

5 things that would have made the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL even better phones
You know what they say – better late than never. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are finally official and are the Lumia flagships we've been expecting for so long. And the wait may have been worth it, or at least that's what our readers would say. Seven out of ten participants in our recent poll were impressed by Microsoft's newest handsets. 

We think we can see why one might be excited about Microsoft's new phones: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL pack fast, liquid-cooled processors, come with great screens and promising cameras, and have the differentiating ability to act as a desktop PC when paired with the Microsoft Display Dock gizmo.

But perfect they're not. Here are several things that would have made the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL even better phones than they are. Do you agree with our picks? Is there something you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile

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57 Comments

57. leo.d.monkey

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Silver finish on the camera looks like crap ... plus sound in the back... Lumia 930 looks much better...

56. tokuzumi

Posts: 2031; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's almost like the Lumina devices and the Nexus devices were developed in tandem. Aside from a few hardware differences, they are largely the same devices.

55. jojojmtk

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

You are f**king wrong for the 4., everything is included in the box, but Microsoft doesn't display it at the product page, see it in the 640xl lte, (microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia640-xl-lte-dua​l-sim/specifications/#head_what-s-in-the-box)

53. farhad.ahmad30

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Tango 2 by iDROID USA has Android Lollipop 5.0 in it. My friend is using it and it has all the specifications that a high-end smartphone has. I find it better than Microsoft Lumia.

52. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

It has 2 SIM cards and I think it could be a great business phone. If the 2 lines can roll over I can see several people in a small business answering their unit. It says that it doesn't have Google from the get go but what about downloading the apps, like Google Map? I don't understand the issue whit that. One day there will be cell phones with 3 SIM cards and small businesses will be done with landlines. Beside that right now I think that I like the Lumia 950XL just a little better. It has both a GSM and CDMA radio. The $400 price is unbelievable.

51. Chuck007

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Microsoft should've made first-party cases like this one: https://shop.frequencytelecom.com/product.php/54447

49. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Except some apps (especially from google) and games (not a big fan), everything about this phone is sexy... i dont need a phone to show off, how sexy it looks.. i want it for productivity... how many apps do people use in an average? and i believe MS had it all. There is always something needed to make a perfect phone.. but my friends, a perfect phone is a myth... there is always rooms for development and improvement in tech... look at it, just with continueum u can use it as a PC, add a USB drive to share things between the storages, isnt that cool... Glance, Hello..... OMG... MS did right with its products.. Damn sure some of those who perordered other phones, might be feeling bad... Seriously, this phone is not for kids....

46. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

They were all about PRODUCTIVITY in that conference which is okay I guess but don't expect to outsell phones designed for everyone and not just the US government or the Wall Street geek...

43. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

five things that could make the PHONE better but only three adress the actual PHONE. Only two are relevant. Dust/water certification and stereo speakers. all the others are either subjective or ridiculous. 1. subjective. 2.Ok. 3. no apzzz no gamezzz all over again 4. really? this is totally region dependent. not all phones have earphones in the box. also. it is a type c device. why would it have any other cable? 5. OK

42. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I agree with 2,4 and 5 (front facing speakers would have been really cool). But 3 is not in Microsoft's hands, they tried everything, even paid specifically to app devs to make apps for their platform but still didn't get the hold of it. Number 1 is more subjective, jokes apart, I would have hated it if it came with metal body. I would have rather preferred something in the line of Lumia 920 or 720(sexiest phone till date, especially Black color was insanely beautiful). Now, adding to point number 2, 4 and 5, my other 2 points to make a list of 5 would be 1. FHD screen on Lumia 950 instead of QHD with the ability to play higher resolution stuff(2K,4K, something like Sony). 2. 64 Gb base model instead of 32 GB. That would have been just too sweet, and I would have immediately jumped on it. But for now, I am good with LG V-10

39. niteiknight

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

How about making them usable on CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint? I mean, holy hell way to essentially s**t on any VZW or Sprint customers who might've wanted to buy either of these phones.

35. rsiders

Posts: 2072; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But still offers a lot more outside of apps than the Samsung Galaxy 6, Edge, Note 5, and iPhone 6s brothers. But yes, they need to focus on the software features and apps now.

21. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I agree that all these features should be there for a flagship phone. This phone does not match the best Androids like the Sony Z5 Premium.

18. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This list is more of a wish list than anything.. Almost no phones are water resistant other than Sony. Anyways these are fine phones in my opinion and I'll be going to the store to try them in person

17. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Hate that windows logo on back and the thick ring around the camera

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I guess that's not an adequate design for you.

54. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's like to say that you hate Apple logo on the back and the it's camera bump or antenna line no difference.

16. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't understand why apps are a factor when considering the phone being better or not when in fact OEMs hardly ever make apps. I only see 3 possible things from here to be reasonable statements, such as that of element resistance (even though iOS devices aren't element resistance) the earphones and USB - A (even though these aren't part of the phone exactly, still baffled at the criticism to the phone itself when earphones and USB cords aren't built in to the phone) and a tiny bit of design, I miss the cyan and bold colors lumia used to offer. Front speakers are more of a gimmick, I'm sorry but I hardly ever see anyone playing something without headphones or speakers, but then again I already listed my 3 that could have been thought of but the other two, apps and front speakers are definitely something that is subjective by any means. Sure it can all be subjective but when no OEMs make that many of apps, the phone doesn't deserve to be criticized by that.

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No USB cable and earphones in the box U know that's only regional based if the information provided is to be trust there's no charger either wtf how can you tell what's in their box when they aren't out yet. The stereo speaker is not so important i mean no one is getting an HTC M9 over Samsung S6 for those stereo speakers Apple, Samsung, LG lack them all. And hey i don't think if there be any phone with drop resistance wtf is that!?

14. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Phone looks great design perspective and certainly better than lg g4 (can't tell about the ergonomics). Although it doesn't look cheap by any sense but a metallic sides in a surface pro style would have been ideal. Headphones are pointless when most music listners have top notch headphones anyway. No USB cable makes sense but a bit too early for that.. Probably next year they should move to that.. As for speakers then front is best choice but that would require sacrificing bezels.. Bottom speakers have no advantage besides a stylish grill... While Microsoft placed speakers on top where the bump of camera is a hence avoids blocking the speakers when placing phone on back or playing games..

32. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's not hard to look better than the G4 and G3 and G2. Which is a shame since the Optimus G was sexy as hell and would probably be the best looking phone if it was slightly taller and narrower.

13. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I watched my wife work all day getting these phones ready for you ungrateful sonsabitches...and all I hear is criticize, criticize, criticize.

20. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Well you can't really blame anyone. Those phones are ugly as f***

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The front looks nice.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

It use memory cards, its only 20 dollars on amazon to get a 64 gig sandisk, this is a way better option then to be stuck with only 32 gig, 64 gig and 128 gig.......

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Anyone else disappointed they wanted to talk more about the phones?

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I was disappointed that they didn't say...wait wait wait...have some wacky safari dude run out on stage. Acting like he was all late to the party. Then apologize for being late, that he was stuck taking pictures etc...and then reveal a 1020 successor. With dslr lens interchangeables, xenon flash, etc...something similar to my concept render. http://i.imgur.com/e5c6KLb.jpg

37. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

god...your render will be good or useful if they make a phone to compete samsung galaxy zoom or galaxy k types of phones with windows OS but not as a main phone to be sold as flagship

8. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

umm.....higher internal storage options too (64 & 128) or may be 64 & 128 gb options.......leaving 32 gb for good. they should raise the standards now.....n should have seriously done this to attract more customers

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

sd card, and their OS isn't crippled by non sd installs (very few restrict it). Even pre-installed apps can be moved over. I have a 40 buck high speed 128gb card in my phone...no need to increase my phone by 200 bucks to get 128gb

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