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Microsoft Lumia 950 Review - Battery Life & Verdict Review

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The removable 3,000mAh cell tucked inside the Lumia 950 might sound fairly beefy for a compact phone, but in real use performance pretty much matches the vast majority of handsets on the market.

If I unplug at 8am, have multiple email accounts pulling down content throughout the day, bouts of music streaming, messaging and web browsing, then I can make it through to around 11pm with between 10-15% battery left.

Gaming – with the meagre selection of titles available – eats through about 15% in 45 minutes (that was playing Halo: Spartan Strike), while streaming an episode of Jessica Jones on Netflix in HD saw the phone lose 11%. That’s about normal, in my tests, for a phone this year.
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The fact is that I’ve sometimes found that my Lumia 950 can actually last into day two – because, well, there isn’t much to do on Windows 10 Mobile.

I don’t use the Maps app – it’s slow, inaccurate and crashes – so that saves a fair amount of battery, and the lack of enticing apps overall means the Lumia 950 has been stuck in my pocket more than has been the case with the competition.

On the plus side, you can wave goodbye to your drawers of micro-USB cables since the Lumia 950 has a USB-C port for charging – and it supports fast-charging too. Plus, wireless charging is available too.

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I wanted to like the Lumia 950, and even Windows 10 Mobile, but even after spending a frustrating week with the handset, I can’t quite figure out who it’s for.

Maybe I’d recommend it to someone still in possession of an older Windows 8.1 phone wanting something new, but even then I’d suggest trying something that runs iOS or Android instead.

This isn’t a phone worthy of its £450 price, especially when you consider that the Nexus 6P comes in at the same price. It feels cheap, and Windows 10 Mobile brings with it far too many compromises.

With the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 available for around £350, why would you plump for the Lumia 950?

Great camera aside, the Lumia 950 is a dull phone that doesn’t do Windows 10 Mobile any favours.

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Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Camera 8
  • Design 4
  • Battery Life 7
  • Value 5
  • Software 6
  • Calls & Sound 8
  • Screen Quality 7

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