There's also a bit of space between the display panel itself and the sheet of Gorilla Glass covering it, but viewing angles were generally fine anyway; no weird color distortion when you peek at the screen askance. At best, Microsoft's screen choice gets the job done. The same could be said of the single speaker sitting just to the right of the camera, actually. Rear-facing speakers have always been a pet peeve of mine but the 950 is capable of cranking out some loud, if sometimes muddy, sound. Your audiobooks and YouTube videos will sound fine; just don't expect to gain any new aural insight into your favorite tracks.
If you try to launch an app that isn't Continuum-friendly, Windows will offer to launch it on the phone instead. In the case of media apps like Spotify, the program and all its controls still pop up on the phone, but the audio will route through your display's speaker (if it has some, that is). Well, almost all the controls. If an app has key functions located very low on the screen, the "Tap to control your display" bar that sits atop the regular interface might push them down too far to see. I've haven't come across any apps that have been made completely unusable by that pesky UI flourish, but some come close; only the top third of Spotify's playback controls were visible and they were tough to properly poke. Like the rest of Windows 10 Mobile, Continuum is far from perfect and suffers from a dearth of stand-out third-party apps. But as with the rest of Windows 10 Mobile, there are glimmers of promise that could give Microsoft a distinct edge as we step further into the post-PC era.
When the Lumia 950 is quick (which is most of the time), it's really quick. What else did you expect from a Lumia? It even handles games like Asphalt 8 Airborne pretty well, though you'll spot a dropped frame here and there. In fact, it's that general smoothness that makes those occasional hiccups feel especially troublesome. It seems clear that the hardware isn't at fault; we've seen this same chip thrive in plenty of other phones. Promising as it is, the software still feels unpolished, leaving the Lumia 950 to act like less of a speed machine than it could have been. I'm willing to cut Microsoft a little slack here; after all, it's very early days for Windows 10 Mobile and it's unfair to compare this version to Windows Phone 8.1, which became more polished over time. Still, that's a very nerdy concession to make; if weren't already fond of Windows Phone, you'd be way less inclined to forgive Microsoft for a new OS that has its fair share of bugs.
I have no doubt that Microsoft will iron out the bugs in Windows 10 Mobile; what choice does it have? As it stands, when Continuum works, it's kind of amazing. And there's no denying the Lumia 950 has a strong camera, not to mention robust underlying hardware. Still, though, I'd be shocked if the Lumia 950 managed to find an audience beyond die-hard Windows fans who have been hanging on to their 920s and 1520s. If that hit a little close to home and you're dying for a new phone, you're still probably better off getting a Lumia 950 XL. The rest of you have two other options: Find a home on a different platform, or wait to see what a few extra months of progress does to a platform with so much unrealized promise.
The Lumia 950 lacks a fingerprint scanner. Instead, you get Windows Hello, which scans your eyes to check your identity. I found it worked in 8 out of 10 tries, with and without glasses, in different lighting conditions. That's about on par with the Samsung Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner, but nowhere near as good as fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 6s or the HTC One A9 ($261.27 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) , which have been completely accurate in my tests.
This is something we loved about continuum. There was no lag when using apps, browser and Office document. The outlook experience had been just great. I tested in many ways. Plugging it off abruptly when using office document, watching video and so on. The beauty is that the apps run on your phone, and is only getting projected on the screen, so even if you disconnect, it still keeps running.
Windows 10 Pro - business and advanced users As usual, 'Pro' is essentially 'Home' with a few extra features bolted on that advanced and business users will likely want to take advantage of. Additional data protection, remote features, cloud technologies and perhaps more interestingly Windows Update for Business will be the main additions. The latter will allow access to its advanced update rollout features such as peer to peer delivery, which can boost update speeds so whether you're a business user or just the resident computer expert at home, you'll likely want to go 'Pro' - see Windows 10 To Use BitTorrent-Style P2P To Deliver Updates for more information on this. There's also the ability to use distribution rings to specify which devices get updates first - you might want to hold off on some areas of your business until the updates have been tested for example. There will also be quicker access to security updates. You can read more about Windows Update for Business here.
As best I can tell, the Lumia 950 is a perfectly adequate phone. But there are limitations to my testing, and I only received the handset late on Monday. Although Microsoft intends to sell unlocked devices that will work with both T-Mobile and AT&T, currently only AT&T-locked devices are available (including review units). My handset was supplied with an AT&T SIM, but there has been some issue with activating it, and the carrier lock means that my personal T-Mobile SIM won't work. As such I have no idea how the Lumia 950 fares as an actual telephone. 2b1af7f3a8