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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL 32GB Smartphone - Black £336.20 @ Ebuyer

£336.20 @ Ebuyer
This post isn't about which OS is the greatest, so spammers and fanboys go easy on each other. It's all about personal choice. As the White option is still £400+ this one is the cheapest so far as… Read More
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This post isn't about which OS is the greatest, so spammers and fanboys go easy on each other. It's all about personal choice.

As the White option is still £400+ this one is the cheapest so far as the price continues to fall.

This one is without the display dock.

5.7" WQHD Display / 2560 x 1440 Pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2000GHz
20MP Rear and 5MP Front Camera
3GB RAM + 32GB Storage
Windows 10
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I had high hopes for the 950 series and got the standard 950 as a work phone, my colleague got a 950XL. While we're not disappointed I'm certainly glad I didn't get one for my personal phone.
They're not bad phones though, and the OS isn't too intrusive. Build quality is decent enough.
Camera is pretty good, battery life ok.
I've not had any performance issues but to be fair haven't really tried anything too taxing with it.
It's all just a bit average though. And coupled with the App Gap, which is definitely a thing, I don't think the phone is worth any more than around £250.
Microsoft should have priced these aggressively from day 1 to get a bit of a landgrab in the market but I fear it's been left too late.

Edited By: lukec36 on Aug 22, 2016 15:00: typo
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I just bought a warehouse deal one of these from Amazon, like new without marks for £250ish, and I love it, admittedly I'm not interested in games or pointless apps, the camera is good, integration with OneDrive and office is a huge benefit for me, the screen is nice and battery life is pretty good - on previous phones I've had to keep an eye on battery levels and charge during the day, this one I've not worried about it - ironically the fast charge via USB-C seems a bit redundant at least whilst the battery is new. It's a good phone if you want a phone for mainly phone tasks.

Perhaps where it stands out compared to the competition is the replaceable battery and microSD support, both make it a lot better to live with, the only reason I was upgrading from my old Lumia was because the none replaceable battery was becoming an issue after 3 years, otherwise I'd happily have kept it. The flipside, making the battery removable has lead MS down the route of using a plastic back cover, which is pretty much the same as the 640XL, which if you can get on a warehouse deal for £105 (I bought one for my wife a few weeks ago, which gave me a chance to see if the larger screen was usable vs the 950 size) is probably a bit better value for money.

I've got a display dock on order from Ebay £43, so this could be really useful or a complete waste of time, I wait to see.

All in all, nothing stands out, but nothing holds it back and the removable battery will give this phone a much better life expectancy, if you can get replacements in a couple of years time.

mike
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mbuckhurst
I just bought a warehouse deal one of these from Amazon, like new without marks for £250ish, and I love it, admittedly I'm not interested in games or pointless apps, the camera is good, integration with OneDrive and office is a huge benefit for me, the screen is nice and battery life is pretty good - on previous phones I've had to keep an eye on battery levels and charge during the day, this one I've not worried about it - ironically the fast charge via USB-C seems a bit redundant at least whilst the battery is new. It's a good phone if you want a phone for mainly phone tasks.

Perhaps where it stands out compared to the competition is the replaceable battery and microSD support, both make it a lot better to live with, the only reason I was upgrading from my old Lumia was because the none replaceable battery was becoming an issue after 3 years, otherwise I'd happily have kept it. The flipside, making the battery removable has lead MS down the route of using a plastic back cover, which is pretty much the same as the 640XL, which if you can get on a warehouse deal for £105 (I bought one for my wife a few weeks ago, which gave me a chance to see if the larger screen was usable vs the 950 size) is probably a bit better value for money.

I've got a display dock on order from Ebay £43, so this could be really useful or a complete waste of time, I wait to see.

All in all, nothing stands out, but nothing holds it back and the removable battery will give this phone a much better life expectancy, if you can get replacements in a couple of years time.

mike


I did the same on Prime Day and got one for £234 but ended up having to send it back as the camera was broke, was absolutely gutted. Amazon were unable to replace the unit either. I really liked the phone and and have always been a fan of Windows 10 for Mobiles in spite of the 'app gap'.

Saw this deal on gsmarena the other day and it is a little rich for me, £250 seems about right for this in my opinion. Not voting either way cause it's one of, if not the best price right now. Just not worth £300+ imho.
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As a Windows Phone fan, I accept that there is a declining interest in Windows phones. Last month I turned this to my advantage by buying a second hand grade A Lumia 930 from CEX for £140. The only significant difference between the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 950 is that the Lumia 950 features continuum. I refuse to pay more than twice as much for a high end Windows phone just to get continuum. There are other surprisingly cheap phones at CEX. Last Year I bought a Nexus 5 from CEX. You can currently buy a grade A Nexus 5 from CEX for just £145: https://uk.webuy.com/phones/product.php?mastersku=SLGD82116GB&sku=SLGD82116GBUNLA#.V8QCFjb6uM8

Edited By: PaulHM on Aug 29, 2016 10:39

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