Microsoft Lumia 950 XL review: A beautiful mess



Windows Phone has never had a proper champion. Not one that was on par with the big boys at Android. Much like Apple, it always banked on its “OS optimisations” to keep things running smooth despite the less than stellar specifications. This time, though, it seems Microsoft have come out swinging, pulling out all the stops for their latest device, the Lumia 950 XL.

Is it any good though?

Well, yes and no. It does have a fantastic camera that can definitely replace your average portable camera. I guess a proper PureView unit will be able to do that. Plus, it has a bunch of cool concepts like Continuum and Windows Hello. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news stops.

The one or two things that Microsoft gets right with this smartphone simply gets overwhelmed by everything they did wrong. It is almost painful to watch something that could have been a true contender for the best smartphone of 2015, fall so hard so fast.

If you’re looking for the next best smartphone, you won’t find it here. If you’re just looking for a decent smartphone, you might not find it here either. I simply can’t justify recommending this smartphone to any but the most stalwart of Windows fans.