Lumia 950XL Review–Almost Great

First Impressions: Great display, impressive camera, responsive.

During the recent promotion where Microsoft offered a free Lumia 950 with the purchase of a 950xl I had debated buying the Lumia until the last day of the promo and found myself driving an hour away to the nearest Microsoft Store in Delaware to see the 950xl up close to help me determine if I should make the plunge and upgrade.

I spent about 10 minutes in store comparing the 950xl to my existing 640 and it was an easy enough choice that the cost of the upgrade with the free 950 was worth taking a chance on.  I considered the rumored Surface phone is still close to a year away and I hadn’t had anything close to a premium phone since the Nokia 920 years ago so made the purchase.

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Free Windows Development Tools for Windows Universal Apps and More!

It’s been no secret that Microsoft has been taking a beating in the mobile realm.  Windows 10 mobile has only been released on a handful of phones so far with users of specific Lumia models waiting for the promised update still from 8.1 Denim.

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Windows Insider Build 14328 Released for Mobile and PC

Earlier today Gabe Aul announced the release of Windows Insider Build 14328 for both Mobile and PC.  See more about the announcement here.

The link above details the new features and known issues in depth.  Quickly though you can look forward to: Windows Ink, Improved Start Menu Experience, Cortana and Search Improvements and an Enhanced Tablet Experience on desktop/tablet.  On the mobile build there are improvements but no announced new features at this time as the last mobile build released was 14237.

To get the updates you must be a Windows Insider on the Fast Ring.

Lumia 640 Windows Mobile Insider Build 14291 SD Card Issues, Reboots, etc.

Last week Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Build 14291.   I had been using the preview builds on a Lumia 640 I picked up last fall to use as my daily driver.  Overall the quality was fairly good but there were some issues with apps not working (such as the call block feature on my phone) as well as the Insider Hub oddly enough never being able to launch.

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