Microsoft Lumia 950 review: Legendary Edition

Legendary edition

GSMArena team, 02 December, 2015.

Microsoft Edge explores the web

Naturally, Microsoft brought their new web browser - Edge (previously known as Spartan) - to Windows 10 Mobile as well. It looks a lot like the IE11 we saw in the last Windows Phone 8.1 OS, but it's lighter, faster and with even simpler interface.

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Microsoft Edge browser

It supports bookmark sync with your Microsoft account, there is Reading list, Reading mode, incognito tabs and download manager. Find on page option is here to stay.

The Edge renders pages great, it's fast and we can safely say it is catching up with Chrome just in time.

App package

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile comes with a rich preinstalled set of apps.

First - you get the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Creating, viewing or editing documents and presentation is very easy, as is taking notes and checklists. It's the best office suite out there and has tight integration with OneDrive, which means you will be getting all of your files synced across all of your devices, no matter the OS.

All apps from the MS office suite support Continuum and expand just awesome in full-blown desktop mode.

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Word Excel One Note

OneDrive is onboard of course, with 30GB free space for starters. Its user interface is getting friendlier by the day and many people are already preferring it over Dropbox.

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OneDrive

All other organizing tools are available at first run - there are Outlook Calendar, Alarms, Calculator and Weather apps. The Calculator is one of the best apps of this kind we've encountered so far - it supports all kind of stuff - scientific and programmer calculators, various volume, length , weight, temperature, energy, speed, time, power, pressure, angle conversions, among others. And the interface is very intuitive.

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Calendar Calculator

Microsoft's Money, Sport, and News apps are available, too. The News app is particularly great and aggregates news stories from a plethora of sources. Flipboard comes pre-installed as well.

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Money News Sports

The updated Xbox app is here too, you can view and compare achievements, chat with your friends, invite them to game sessions, edit your avatar, among other things. You can even use your Lumia 950 screen for remote Xbox One gaming, once you connect your console to the app. You still need to play with a controller though, so you'll have to get a proper accessory to combine the wireless controller with your Lumia smartphone.

You can shop Xbox One and Windows 10 apps from here as well, and they will later install on your console or PC.

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The Xbox app

Finally, the new Windows Maps app, based on Here map data, allows you to search for places, view nearby POIs, and, of course, it can do turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation. Offline maps are available, too.

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Maps

Reader comments

  • jamc7826

The 950 is great phone yeah I admut I've bought ut 6mths ago but even still its yp there with recent counterparts its fast does what needed camera brilliant only prob is the ability to enable apps to be loaded u can side load but still only thing I d...

  • Tommy H

Love how efficient Windows is is. 48hr endurance rating is awful.

  • AnonD-563126

I wanna buy this phone