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I liked my 909 with the famed 41 MP camera (the lens floats in liquid, how cool is that? [smile] ) but its micro USB port was getting loose and so it wouldn't always charge. 

As I'm interested in Windows Mobile 10 and how it interacts with Win 10 -- I always liked when I got a toast on my Win 10 screen telling me that I missed a call from such-and-such, and would I like to send them a text typed from the PC keyboard -- I thought I'd give Lumia phones another chance and picked up an unlocked 950XL.  (I SO don't want AT&T's crap on my phone.)

In short,

- I like it.
- Win 10 on this phone looks a lot better than it did on the 909.
- The camera is ostensibly only 21 MP but that's quite good and the newer software lets it produce pictures as good or better than the 909.  The movies are amazing -- when I put one of its movies on the 55" at home, it looks as good as any HD movie.  (And if you've never seen how a Windows phone can use things like Office Lens, you'll be amazed.  You take a picture of a PPT on a screen (which really looks like a trapezoid rather than a rectangle) and it straightens the PPT out to a rectangle.
- It's my first "big" phone and I like a big screen.  Also, it's very bright for a phone screen.
- The dedicated "turn the phone on and wake up the camera" button was useless on the 909, it could take a minute to wake the phone up.
-It has a three-LED flash, giving it a variety of both intensities and light hue.
- Continuum is, well, interesting.  You use a small "display dock" to connect a keyboard, mouse and HDMI or mini DisplayPort to a monitor.  Then the dock connects to the phone, which acts like a little Windows PC.  The only apps it can run are the new Universal apps, but the 950 XL comes with PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook, so that's not bad.  Unfortunately, Microsoft wants you to get a personal Office 365 subscription, or you can only view Excel/PowerPoint/Word docs on Continuum.  And there's no way to log into your corporate O365, that doesn't count.  Aim at foot, pull trigger... hey, MSFT, perfect shooting scores again.
- The 909 wasn't great on battery life, but this phone seems pretty good so far.
- It uses the C type USB connector.  Still figuring out if that's good or not.
- The Win 10 type start menu can be configured to offer a large number of tiles in a small area, very nice.
- It joins to my Office 365, and actually does the kind of stuff that I'd expect, like not requiring me to have to re-type my creds to get into the ODB app.
- Bad news is that of course a whole lotta neat stuff needs iOS or Android.
- The radio is pretty good, getting more bars than a nearby iPhone 5S.
- Windows Mobile 10 is pretty good.  It's interesting to have almost the same OS on my laptop and my phone.

So... two cent's worth for anyone considering the phone.  I hope it's useful!

Mark
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Nice read.  I was so hopeful that win10 could eventually pull me away from the fruitphone.  But as we all now know, the platform appears doomed to be a low single digit market share player.  Even more so now than a few years ago, I am dependent on certain apps for actual work functionality, so to make the move would be very painful as those apps are atrociously bad on win10...  Yes it's on the developers to improve them, but let's be honest - MS hasn't given them much incentive to invest resources there...
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I think it's a perfect business phone and they should concentrate on that in stead of the consumers market.

Addition for Wes: Depending on the business and their apps [smile]

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Unfortunately not a perfect biz phone for me... Zendesk and DUO apps need a lot of work...
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I think it's a perfect business phone and they should concentrate on that in stead of the consumers market.

Addition for Wes: Depending on the business and their apps [smile]


I'm with Ton.  However, I do not use Zendesk or DUO Apps.  Just the vanilla Exchange, Lync and Phone.  I do not require a 3rd party app like Airwatch or GOOD to connect.

My personal Outlook is available as is my GMAIL.

AND!

I can connect to kiddo via xBox if he is not answering his Phone TXT while I'm as work.  [smile]

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