Using the Lumia 950 one year after

The Lumia 950 arrived my desk in February 2016. That
makes it approximately a year since I have had it. For a
background, you can read up the Lumia 950
specifications my first look at the the Lumia 950 and
Display Dock , as well as my review .

I have been using this Windows 10 smartphone more
often in the last one month. Not that it changes the fact
that very few people are using or buying a Windows
smartphone these days. As a matter of fact, according to
a recent report, Microsoft sold less than 1 million
smartphones in the 4th quarter of 2016. This is a huge
drop from the 4.5 million smartphones that Microsoft
sold in 4th quarter of 2015.
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using The Lumia 950


It is no longer beset by the extreme overheating issue
that I reported, though it warms up significantly during
prolonged internet usage or video recording. During a
number of video recording sessions, we had to take a
break because the phone warns us that it is getting too
hot. Which is a crying shame. The Lumia 950 camera is
stellar with both photographs and videos. But to have
those excellent capabilities limited by heat generation.


Windows 10 Mobile Apps

Besides the camera, is the Lumia 950 still of any use in
2017? Absolutely. The built-in EDGE browser is really
good, as are many of the other built-in apps – Calculator,
Excel, Films & TV, Groove Music, Maps, Microsoft Edge,
OneDrive, Photos, PowerPoint, and others.

The Store can still be very sluggish till date. And while
the number of apps there are no match for what obtains
in the Android and iOS stores, there are many apps
available. The Skype, Twitter and Instagram are superb.

WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook, Messenger, Evernote,
Tunein Radio , and Telegram, are all apps that work well.

There’s Viber, Truecaller and many others as well.
The GTBank app for Windows Mobile is rather stale now.

It works but does not have the latest features that the
Android and iOS apps have. Other available banking apps
include DiamondMobile, UBA Kenya, Ecobank Kenya,
StanbicIBTC, UnionMobile, and FirstMonie, among
others. Access Bank’s mobile app has disappeared from
the Store, as has WordPress and BBM. Microsoft killed
FM Radio last year, so that is gone too.
Xbox is here too, but seeing that I am not a gamer, I
have never touched it. There are tons of games in the
Store though. I installed Asphalt 8: Airborne out of
curiosity weeks ago. I am yet to play it. Blame it on old
age.

Continuum still works like a charm. Being able to get to
my desk at the office, plug the 950 to the dock and start
working on the big screen is just sweet.

I love the Lumia 950. I wish I could use it as my primary
smartphone, but that overheating issue with prolonged
internet or video recording use is a bummer.

I would get
frustrated. People who do not subject their smartphones
to such extreme usage would have no issues though. As
an enthusiast though, I am still get tons of fun using the
Lumia 950 when its services are required.

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