Microsoft Lumia 950 in the Test

Windows is 10 mobile under pressure to succeed. Can Microsoft’s Lumia 950 help the mobile operating system that are sold far under value on the jumps? The test shows it.

Accept the conditions. The latest version of mobile Windows could be system compared to Android and iOS. Now, Microsoft Smartphones have to win “just” market share. A key role to play in implementing this ambitious plans the two top models, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL (test).

The display is at its finest

The nominally 100 euros cheaper Lumia 950 shows DC at its best: the 13,2 cm display also offers the four times HD resolution on a smaller area and achieved such an immense pixel density of 565 ppi. In addition to the crisp sharpness convince the contrasts and the realistic colour reproduction. Go 320 candela brightness for a self-illuminating OLED display in order. Despite the reflections on the Gorilla protection glass, the screen content was itself out relatively clearly.

Case: Nothing for show-offs

Otherwise the new Lumia takes a step back outside noticeably. On the Windows phones, functional plastic dominates also in higher price ranges. In addition to the metal rims of his predecessor, also the striking colors of the past belong to. There are the catchy, easily removable hard plastic shells now only in black or white. Finger marks might have not much at least the tested light Variant. The side buttons are somewhat shaky and quite sharp. The rear panel sits well and crack firmly and twisting hard. Overall, the solid polycarbonate housing good for everyday is prepared.

It all depends on the inner values

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with six core processor and rich 3 GB memory brings the Lumia 950 on tours. The upper class-system chip works, including in the LG G4. For your own data and apps are around 24.5 GB available. Optional MicroSD cards expand to up to 200 GB capacity. The 3000 mAh battery is replaceable, which brings the slender Lumia Kudos.

Plays in action 10 Windows Mobile its strengths skillfully from. The flexibility of the lets is more important than gadgets, such as the newly selectable wallpapers. He adapts with a few finger taps – if necessary also day – exactly to the personal needs. Live tiles inform about the latest news, upcoming events, and much more.

Even in energy-saving stand by mode, to keep date, time, missed calls, emails etc. always. For the texts, a mini pad embedded in the virtual keyboard makes the cursor positioning. Tasks such as fast scrolling in the app list or a total liquid control are no problem for the high-performance hardware. Who wants to unlock the screen via iris-scan, can call the ‘ Hello ‘ function. But more often the user identification via eye contact to the infrared camera was in the beta version.

Facilities: Valuable base applications

The main camera is less than 19 megapixel resolution, Zeiss Optics, 3 LED light and mechanical lever fit for photo expeditions. The pleasingly low shutter lag facilitates successful snapshots. The image quality during daylight hours was top, indoor shots they liked also. Colors were tired, appeared but sometimes almost too strong. Videos get well also thanks to the optical image stabilizer.

Its excellent amenities, in which a globally useful onboard navigation includes the Lumia brings further advantages. Updates maps can be download via Wi-FI and reserve traveling for example on MicroSD storage media. The Mobile Office program versions are also installed. Microsoft has specifically optimized for Smartphone displays the user interfaces of Word, Excel and co.. Centralized storage of documents, the cloud service is seamlessly integrated one drive. Microsoft also coupled the Office apps to its Web-based applications. Who acquires a Lumia 950 or 950 XL and contracts by 30 June 2016 year an Office 365 staff subscription for 69 euros, receives free Office package a year.