Microsoft Lumia 950 Review

June 27, 2016 | Amy Davies |


Most people when looking at smartphones tend to fall into one of two camps; Android and iOS (Apple). The Microsoft Lumia 950 is neither of those, so it may feel like an odd choice for many to make. That said, if you’re a big fan of the Windows 10 operating system, it’ll be less of a jump for you.

The Microsoft Lumia 950's camera itself produces some decent results, especially if you can restrict your shooting to good lighting, and don’t want to zoom in. While it’s good, it’s not mind-blowing, and doesn’t particularly beat anything else on the market out there - in case you were wondering if there’s something to draw you away from the familiarity of iOS or Android.

There’s also a problem with some apps either not being available or lagging behind in development terms from iOS and Android. The most obvious example of this being Instagram, but there’s bound to be others, too. There are quite a few free or cheap photography apps which you can download, but again the number pales in comparison with those available for the more popular mobile operating systems.

On the plus side though, there’s a good amount of control available in the form of changing settings, and although some things are missing (aperture), it’s nice to have any control at all - you won’t get that from the likes of an iPhone. Also being able to shoot in raw format is appealing to those who want to alter their shots in post production.

Another plus point comes in the form of 4K video recording, the latest buzzword for video recording, and offering a step above the full HD video you find on many phones. Being able to expand the phone’s memory with a Micro SD card puts it above the iPhone, but on a par with many Android phones.

As the Microsoft Lumia 950 is the first mobile phone to be fitted with Windows 10, it has appeal for those who are fans of Windows, and while the camera is decent, it’s nothing spectacular - which is a shame for a Lumia phone as they’ve often focused their marketing campaigns on the strength of the on-board camera.

In short, if you’re already enmeshed into iOS or Android, switching to the Microsoft Lumia 950 may feel a bit like going backwards, so be prepared to wait while the operating system plays a little game of catch up.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 0