Microsoft Lumia 950 @ Tesco Direct Black/White £329
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Microsoft Lumia 950 @ Tesco Direct Black/White £329

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Found 1st May 2016
Been on the lookout for one of these and this is the best price so far, lower than the previous best I could find from Amazon a few weeks back here:
hotukdeals.com/dea…748
When it was listed at £343.
I believe there is also a possibility of a £50 voucher for MS store too with referral, but I don't know if that's still on.
For me, I'd refer this smaller phone than the XL, and the 808(state) processor is easily enough!

Windows 10 now in a FAR better state than it was when it was 'released' *cough*.

Free delivery too.

No doubt there will be some voting cold on a Lumia deal, but I think this is the price for me to hit buy and replace my 930
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I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is excellent, but the apps are buggy and few and far between. Really regretted not going Android. Just my 2 pence.
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KinanswerMe

I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is … I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is excellent, but the apps are buggy and few and far between. Really regretted not going Android. Just my 2 pence.


Depends what your needs are.
I went from a 930 (battery life getting short as it ages...) and went android with a mega battery. Apps were nice, but couldn't get on with android... Simply not as 'just works' as Windows for me.
Returned it to Amazon, now buying this.
Horses for courses.
I have the 950XL and love it, had iPhones and also Galaxy's for work and its my fav. From what I read though the 950 is a bit slower
I have a 735 and I'm really happy now I've updated it to windows 10. It's so slick as I found windows phone 8.1 was getting a bit laggy.
its gonna get a shed load cheaper .. in the states you get a 950 FREE when u buy 950XL ... Shame its moved on so little in functionality/app gap since Window Phone 7 as as a UI its far superior to Android/IOS :-( ... finally drove me to a Galaxy S6 not really the app gap just got sick of its massive lead in Camera quality going to a lag behind flagship Android.. thats the Cloud Cuckoos in Redmond 4 u :-(
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Does anyne here know how the referral thing works to get the voucher? I'd like to know before I pull the trigger on buying this, don't want to pass up £50!
As a deal, this is the best price I've seen from a reputable seller. As a phone, the hardware is great. Not premium but great. The OS, however, is sadly woeful. I had two of these in quick succession and both went back because of the buggy software. Heat for the price but otherwise cold.
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johnfrankland

As a deal, this is the best price I've seen from a reputable seller. As … As a deal, this is the best price I've seen from a reputable seller. As a phone, the hardware is great. Not premium but great. The OS, however, is sadly woeful. I had two of these in quick succession and both went back because of the buggy software. Heat for the price but otherwise cold.


For me, I'm a happy Win10 user already. I've been holding out for a near 300 quid price from a reputable place, IN CASE I get a duffer... but I do like Win10, and the bugs seem to be getting fixed pretty quickly IMO, it's moved on a LOT in the last weeks alone...
bilbob

For me, I'm a happy Win10 user already. I've been holding out for a near … For me, I'm a happy Win10 user already. I've been holding out for a near 300 quid price from a reputable place, IN CASE I get a duffer... but I do like Win10, and the bugs seem to be getting fixed pretty quickly IMO, it's moved on a LOT in the last weeks alone...


Can it sync favourites with desktop yet? Or with IE should I say...
I hope it goes under 300 soon. Only thing holding me back is reports of poor battery life (major), and I'd miss double tap to wake (minor).
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JoeSpur

Can it sync favourites with desktop yet? Or with IE should I say...I hope … Can it sync favourites with desktop yet? Or with IE should I say...I hope it goes under 300 soon. Only thing holding me back is reports of poor battery life (major), and I'd miss double tap to wake (minor).


Double tap to wake is a hardware feature, and is apparently already being worked on for the 950's (hinted at by MS WM guy).
And from my own reading the poor battery life figures were from initial release phones with their 'release' OS. Most of what I've read now say the battery issues are sorted. For my comparison, I've seen reviews comparing directly with the 930 which is what I've got and it says a noticeable improvement over those, so that's good enough for me!

And yes, it can sync favourites with (Win10) desktop, but only on edge, not IE.
KinanswerMe

I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is … I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is excellent, but the apps are buggy and few and far between. Really regretted not going Android. Just my 2 pence.



​could not agree more. had 640 untill 3 weeks ago, life so much better without. MS how long does it take to write Windows 10. apps are poor
Microsoft is giving up on Lumia and consumer phones so these prices are going much lower. As posted above, they've been doing buy one get another free in North America to shift unwanted stock.
Windows phone soon will be obsolete, no match for Android


betanews.com/201…ne/


Edited by: "cullies" 1st May 2016
bilbob

Double tap to wake is a hardware feature, and is apparently already being … Double tap to wake is a hardware feature, and is apparently already being worked on for the 950's (hinted at by MS WM guy). And from my own reading the poor battery life figures were from initial release phones with their 'release' OS. Most of what I've read now say the battery issues are sorted. For my comparison, I've seen reviews comparing directly with the 930 which is what I've got and it says a noticeable improvement over those, so that's good enough for me!And yes, it can sync favourites with (Win10) desktop, but only on edge, not IE.



My 950XL goes from a full charge in the morning (9am) to having around 60% by the end of the day with texting, a few short calls, a few hours of music and browsing Reddit for an hour or two. I really have no complaints about Windows 10 or the 950 series, my advice is always the same, if you use a lot of apps, or even a handful of speciality apps (banking, games) then Windows is not for you. However if you use it for browsing, listening to music, taking pictures, using it as a phone then in my opinion there's really nothing better.

Although I don't find the app gap that bad as they have apps for everything I use, some of them even better than the iOS and android counterparts!
HondaLad

I have a 735 and I'm really happy now I've updated it to windows 10.


How did you update? I'm still waiting for w10 on my 735
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greasyspoonma

How did you update? I'm still waiting for w10 on my 735


Search for windows insider app on the store... All your answers lay there
greasyspoonma

How did you update? I'm still waiting for w10 on my 735



To check if the upgrade is available for your phone and install the upgrade, go to the Store, install the Upgrade Advisor app, run the app to see if the update is available, then select Enable Windows 10 upgrade.
cullies

Windows phone soon will be obsolete, no match for … Windows phone soon will be obsolete, no match for Androidhttp://betanews.com/2015/07/09/is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-windows-phone/



It's a brilliant match against Android, for phone users, but not for the willy waving App brigade, the reality is, Windows is great if all you do is make calls, read email and want appointment reminders, otherwise invariably you'll find you want Android or iOS. For me there are a couple of major apps that make me toy with leaving Windows phone, but the benefits are still way too significant for me to consider the jump.

My Lumia 925 is the first phone I've ever had that just works and does all I need, I see no need to upgrade, which may be one of the problems with it, if you see no reason to upgrade then the manufacturer has a real problem, just look at Apple now, with the fragmented unsupported OS that is Android, there's no way you could stick with a current phone, for security holes alone and generally the lack of support is legendary.

mike
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mbuckhurst

It's a brilliant match against Android, for phone users, but not for the … It's a brilliant match against Android, for phone users, but not for the willy waving App brigade, the reality is, Windows is great if all you do is make calls, read email and want appointment reminders, otherwise invariably you'll find you want Android or iOS. For me there are a couple of major apps that make me toy with leaving Windows phone, but the benefits are still way too significant for me to consider the jump. My Lumia 925 is the first phone I've ever had that just works and does all I need, I see no need to upgrade, which may be one of the problems with it, if you see no reason to upgrade then the manufacturer has a real problem, just look at Apple now, with the fragmented unsupported OS that is Android, there's no way you could stick with a current phone, for security holes alone and generally the lack of support is legendary.mike


This.
I WAS sucked to the other side by the lure of 'apps'. I soon returned when I realised that not all OS makers realise that a phone is firstly, a phone and productivity device. Windows has these features nailed.
And for the apps I use, I have no issues. I'd like Sky Go or Now tv (but I reckon they are coming, based on rumours on Win10 UWP apps in the works...) and the big ones I need are there, banking, Netflix etc., and if you are in the Windows ecosystem, and don't need the 'app' for everything stuff, the Windows on mobile really is a good choice.
Also, for most apps where the gap IS present, bear in mind the Edge browser is far more capable than other mobile browsers, so you can usually use the web page option...
mbuckhurst

[quote=cullies] with the fragmented unsupported OS that is Android, … [quote=cullies] with the fragmented unsupported OS that is Android, there's no way you could stick with a current phone, for security holes alone and generally the lack of support is legendary.mike



How's that W10M upgrade going?
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kharma45

How's that W10M upgrade going?


Slowly, but they are still patching and supporting Wp 8.1.
KinanswerMe

I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is … I've got this phone and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Camera is excellent, but the apps are buggy and few and far between. Really regretted not going Android. Just my 2 pence.


sold mine and bought the S7 edge and its been a while since ive been android having owened several lumias, but have to agree, love the look of the windows OS but man the apps on android and jsut the overal build is so much better on the Edge. Spent the last few months changing the missus and kids from windows to android without too much fuss either.
hyenadog

its gonna get a shed load cheaper .. in the states you get a 950 FREE … its gonna get a shed load cheaper .. in the states you get a 950 FREE when u buy 950XL ... Shame its moved on so little in functionality/app gap since Window Phone 7 as as a UI its far superior to Android/IOS :-( ... finally drove me to a Galaxy S6 not really the app gap just got sick of its massive lead in Camera quality going to a lag behind flagship Android.. thats the Cloud Cuckoos in Redmond 4 u :-(



Won't get much cheaper this year, this is the land of people who think £199 for a Nintendo Wii u and one game in mid 2016 is a good deal.
BTW, windows OS is awesome but until three in touch, kodi, moonlight, proper eBay and Amazon apps, Amazon music, Waze and a decent alternative to Google sky maps etc it's impossible for me to move. Wasn't windows supposed to be able to emulate android apps? If that works with a near 100% compatibility rate I'd return in a heartbeat. My Nexus 5x is poor for the money, most lumia handsets apart from the 9xx line area superb VFM.
I tried this phone for 10 days on a lumia trials last week, it is actually quite a decent phone, if you want a good functional phone with a very good camera this is OK, personally I thought it wasn't as well made as previous lumia flagship phones (a bit plasticy for me), but the 930 took alot longer than this to fall to this price, we all know about the lack of apps, anyone buying a windows phone should know and accept this, but imo I thought alot of the apps on the windows phone were not as good as their android counterparts. Hot for lowest price though, which I am sure will be appreciated by plenty of people.
Windows phone is dying a slow death right now. Its progressed so little since 2010/11 time. Android and iOS is miles ahead in terms of useful features.
I am glad at the time of purchase my Lumia 735 only cost £110, and nowhere else would I even now find an OLED screen, 4G capability and wireless charging for that sort of cash. Because however the depreciation of not just mine but most Windows Phones on the second hand market it just isn't really worth my time jumping ship now, I may as well keep the phone until it is a worthless brick like the Blackberry Playbook tablet was, knowing that my financial outlay was not a huge loss. I foolishly await in hope for app development so wrongly promised when Windows 10 hits and 'unifies' everything that is Windows.

Get real Microsoft.

Edited by: "cicobuff" 1st May 2016
happy with my Lumia...don't need 50,000 fart and burp apps thank you
Edited by: "jjabbar" 1st May 2016
KyleGM

My 950XL goes from a full charge in the morning (9am) to having around … My 950XL goes from a full charge in the morning (9am) to having around 60% by the end of the day with texting, a few short calls, a few hours of music and browsing Reddit for an hour or two. I really have no complaints about Windows 10 or the 950 series, my advice is always the same, if you use a lot of apps, or even a handful of speciality apps (banking, games) then Windows is not for you. However if you use it for browsing, listening to music, taking pictures, using it as a phone then in my opinion there's really nothing better.Although I don't find the app gap that bad as they have apps for everything I use, some of them even better than the iOS and android counterparts!


XL battery life was never a problem...
jjabbar

happy with my Lumia...don't need 50'000 fart and burp apps thank you



Some useful ones might be nice though, instead of Microsoft getting rid of enticing ones that Nokia developed.
Edited by: "cicobuff" 1st May 2016
JoeSpur

XL battery life was never a problem...



There was reports of both the 950 and XL having terrible battery life on release.
KyleGM

There was reports of both the 950 and XL having terrible battery life on … There was reports of both the 950 and XL having terrible battery life on release.


Oh I see, I had heard XL was fine from people who had it. I currently have 830 and would ideally like battery life that is even better, but 830's is ok as it lasts a full day (just about).
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JoeSpur

Oh I see, I had heard XL was fine from people who had it. I currently … Oh I see, I had heard XL was fine from people who had it. I currently have 830 and would ideally like battery life that is even better, but 830's is ok as it lasts a full day (just about).


Both are fine now. Both were poo on release, (WM 10 wasn't really finished...) but now both better, and XL very good with its massive battery.
Cepultura

Windows phone is dying a slow death right now. Its progressed so little … Windows phone is dying a slow death right now. Its progressed so little since 2010/11 time. Android and iOS is miles ahead in terms of useful features.



Can only assume you haven't seen WM10 and basing your comment on an assumption. It's changed massively.
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MrShed

Can only assume you haven't seen WM10 and basing your comment on an … Can only assume you haven't seen WM10 and basing your comment on an assumption. It's changed massively.


Lol, in 2010, WP7 had only just launched...
bilbob

Lol, in 2010, WP7 had only just launched...


You just emphasised my point. In 5 years, windows phone has really not progressed fast enough.
I had this phone since release. Yes it has a bit of a plastic feel but not that bad. The latest Windows updates fixed a lot of issues for me. I use this phone for work (office 365 is an awesome companion) and before the last update the phone app was crashing rendering the phone useless as you could not make a call. The random reboots per day also vanished since the last update. A lot of apps are already available with exceptions to a lot of Google apps. Pity about the Nokia Here apps that I had on my 920. Overall the phone is pretty solid and with a decent memory card it would stack up to a lot of android devices. It can't beat the iPhone which I use privately as I like the apple Eco system and FaceTime, sync to Mac etc but I can't run a screen and a keyboard of my iPhone which I can with my win10 (dock required though). Hot from me.
jjabbar

happy with my Lumia...don't need 50,000 fart and burp apps thank you



That is such an overplayed joke. I have been a big supporter of Windows Phones...but having just sold my 950 and switched to an iPhone 4A, I can assure you that the difference in app quality is night and day! Remember Here Drive? Completely eemoved from Windows 10 Mobile - steadily updated on iOS (with a v.elegant interface). Waze on W10M is a joke compared to iOS. Even the web browser works better on iOS. & this is all being experienced on a phone that was released in 2012.
My advice having toiled with Windows Phone is simply to not bother. Microsoft haven't shown any real commitment, so why should we?
MrShed

Can only assume you haven't seen WM10 and basing your comment on an … Can only assume you haven't seen WM10 and basing your comment on an assumption. It's changed massively.



Insider Fast Ring 950 (ex)owner right here. W10M has a few nice features, but it is still glitchy. Edge frequently crashes...the camera would often not open via the hardware button. The battery life was poor. Oh, and have you ever compared Microsofts W10M apps to those they developed on iOS?! Just look at Bing Translator. Beautiful UI on iOS. Ugly as anything on W10M.
Also, no focused inbox in Outlook on W10M, or default email address selection option. Both are available on iOS.
MS employees clearly aren't fussed about W10M
I eventually sold my Lumia 1320, and switched back to android. As stated by others, if you don't need lots of apps, Windows phone is pretty good - I liked it overall.

However, I found the browser struggled on many websites - became more pronounced over time. Tried updating to Windows 10, but to no avail - still slow browser rendering and/or complete failure on some sites.

Mrs Wizball has Lumia 640, but is also set for return to Android for same reason.

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