If you are looking for a smartphone to use it in a professional and productive environment, it is obvious that the Windows Phone (or Windows Mobile) is made for you. And recent Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 (the version more “small”) are those. These are formidable productive smartphones, all the more effective since they can be used as true desktop computers.


But is this all that these mobiles are capable of doing? To know to open a spreadsheet and send an email? No, of course, let us help you determine the strengths and weaknesses of such a relatively atypical smartphone in this monotonous market. We are talking about the Nokia Lumia 950 XL right here, right now!

Original Lumia design

Even though the Lumia’s style has clearly evolved over the last few years, it remains clearly and immediately identifiable. And if we except a few passages by metal frames (as the Lumia 930 experienced), all the mobiles of Microsoft (ex-Nokia) have always been endowed with bodies of plastics. But beware, “plastic” does not mean “cheap”, and even presents an advantage.

In fact, the finish is good, the plastic does not crack, and because it is possible to remove the back (battery cover), it is, therefore, possible to access an extractable battery and the SIM card slots / Micro SD.


On the grip side, it will be noted that if the 950 already asked for a certain finger gymnastics, the phenomenon is amplified with the 950 XL.  The dimensions are generous, the cause being linked to the presence of an “even bigger” screen (hence the name “XL”). Finally, in terms of colors, the days of bright colors such as orange, blue, pink. This time, this phone is only available in black or white. And do not forget the presence of a scratch-resistant / anti-breakage window (Corning Gorilla 4).

  • Dimensions: 15.1 cm long x 7.8 cm wide x 0.8 cm thick
  • Weight: 165 grams

With image and Sound: Impressive sharpness

If the 950 XL’s screen is larger than the 950’s, the resolution remains unchanged. This necessarily affects the sharpness of the proposed image, without your eye really realizing it, since the pixel density is greater than 500 pixels per inch.


The picture is just beautiful. Especially since the screen is an AMOLED screen offering deep blacks and a high level of contrast. So we clearly enjoy watching a video on this screen. But as for the cinema effect, the immersive side will only take place if you take your headphones. The loudspeaker certainly offers a powerful sound and quality. And for the jack 3.5 and the earphone, no complaints about these 2 components that are now ultra-standardized and no longer truly represent points of attention for the testers that we are.


  • Display: 5.7 inches (AMOLED) with WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) or so a 515ppp density.
  • Sound: 3.5 jack and rear mono speaker.

Performance level is Huge on a Windows Phone

You would have never had a Windows Phone / Windows Mobile been so powerful, and for good reason, it was totally useless. Now, with the increasingly professional use of these mobiles, and the “compatibility” smartphone / PC that brings this Lumia 950 XL, it is clear that a boost was essential. Indeed, it does not seem like anything, but when you ask your smartphone to launch a spreadsheet of several tens of thousands of rows and columns or even a presentation of several hundred MB, it is better to have the resources required.


This mobile is, therefore, efficient, effective, and now exploited to its full potential by gourmet applications. And for 3D games, rest assured if none needed, will have the opportunity to pose a problem to such a smartphone, not even an Asphalt 8 or a Minecraft of any kind.


  • Processor: 2.0GHz 8-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 810)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Storage memory: 32GB of memory

The all so complete connectivity

Yes, this phone is well 4G, and this with the good frequencies. And exploitable in several countries of the world. And logically, this mobile is also 2G / 3G. The same applies to the GSM aspect, with the 4 frequencies used in the world.  As for the GPS, with the Lumia, we are always spoiled.  Use of Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n / a), Bluetooth (4.1), sim card slot (nano format), micro SD slot (up to 200GB max) 3.5, etc.


Operating system: latest version of Windows 10 for mobile

Undoubtedly the novelty of this new generation of mobile, version 10 of Windows Phone, which for the moment is called now Windows 10 or even Windows 10 Mobile. A version that will not destabilize the usual users of this operating system, but will bring them good more, especially in terms of design and battery.


Finally, the registry of applications installed by default includes:

  • Outlook: an effective email messaging that I admit appreciating.
  • Edge: the new web browser.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Note: useful applications of the Office Pack, and a ton of unnecessary “partner” applications that you will quickly uninstall (example: Amazon, Candy Crush Saga, Expedia, etc.).

For professionals and photo fans

Let’s move quickly on the basic uses of a modern smartphone (reading mp3 / videos, opening an email, call, SMS, etc.) to focus on the strengths that a mobile can offer. In the case of 3D games, if this mobile does not suffer any slowness, it should be noted that the Store is still poor, gamers will be too much trouble, and will only shed tears in constant absence of Biggest free-to-play of the moment (note: good, ok, Candy Crush Sage is now available).


  • Device back picture: 20MP (aperture 1.9) with triple flash LED / dual tone, image stabilization, optical 6 Zeiss lens, and autofocus.
  • Front camera: 5MP (aperture 2.4).
  • Battery: Removable 3340 mAh of fast charging with compatible wireless charging. 1 hour of video will consume 20-22% of energy.

What remains to the other pro-phones?

Let’s face it, this Lumia 950 XL mobile is a professional smartphone that leaves nothing to the competition. For many years, we have heard that iPhones do not make the happiness of professionals and that BlackBerry offers nothing new / nice (and the descent into the hell of this brand only confirms it). Well, with this new generation of Windows Mobile, it is clear that Microsoft leaves no chance to compete in the world of professional smartphone.


However, the whole market is not focused on this type of need. As for entertainment, if a Windows Mobile clearly poses no problem for the playback of videos / photos / mp3 and therefore the multimedia aspect, it is not the same for games with a Store always too poor.

Lumia 950 XL is a mobile that does not just remain focused on the professional use and offers high-quality photo quality and allows the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to be among the best photo-phones of the moment.

Praiseworthy: performance, design, connectivity, professional use without equal (especially with the home base)