OS: Windows 10
Rear Camera: 20MP
Front Camera: 5MP
Just when you thought that the smartphone contest was between Apple’s iOS phones and everyone else’s Android devices, Microsoft arrives to remind you that Windows 10, their latest desktop and notebook operating system, also runs on smartphones – most notably, phones sold by Microsoft themselves. Windows on a smartphone actually offers several very real advantages if you’re also a Windows user on the PC
, including universal apps that run on both devices, integration with everything from Outlook email and calendar to Office productivity apps, to games, music and movies that you have access to whether you’re at home our out and about with your phone.
The Lumia 950 XL sports impressive technical specs, including an 8-core Snapdragon CPU, a 5.7” AMOLED display, a hefty battery that’s actually replaceable, and 32GB of system storage supplemented by a MicroSD card slot for an additional 200GB if needed.
Camera-wise, there’s a 20-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel “selfie” camera on the front, with 4k video recording supported and four separate microphones to capture every detail of the audio. Optical image stabilisation is standard, too, making sure photos stay crisp and videos stay smooth.
The best part about the Lumia 950 XL has to be the price – at just $499 direct from Microsoft, this is possibly one of the best smartphone bargains on the market – just as long as you can accept that the majority of apps your friends use will likely never have a corresponding Windows version.