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... my Lumia 1520 ... I finally (accidentally) dropped it from high enough altitude to smash the screen totally. It served me well for almost 3 years with ups and downs depending on the quality of corresponding insider build - official repair shop mentioned around 170 EUR for replacement while saying that actually they don't even receive spare parts for this model anymore Anyway, I got the closest sort-of-modern replacement I could get, the Lumia 950 XL - HP Elite X3 is not available in this god-forsaken part of the world (I know, I'm a masochist for still sticking with MS on this) and here are my initial thoughts after two day use ...
- it is noticeably faster
- camera seems a bit better
CONS (most of it I was aware of before purchase):
- smaller screen - I got used to solid 6' size ... anything less is too small
- battery seems to last less - could be due to relatively heavy use with all initial updates and app installations
- home, back and search buttons being part of the screen is far less usable and it additionally makes (already small) screen even smaller
- design and build quality seems inferior (comparatively speaking) - not bad though in absolute terms
- heating under heavy use is very noticeable
- iris scanner seems nice to have, but it is too often too slow or it fails to recognize me - should have fingerprint reader instead in my opinion
Oh come on! Windows phone is pretty good but Microsoft turned up late to the party and everyone had bagged off by then. I did switch to Android eventually so I could see how late my train would be each morning (if it actually turned up) etc. but I somehow feel Windows phone was more refined. For a more sophisticated owner.
I have a hard time getting excited about operating systems. Windows 10, runs applications, it's got files and printers and internet and stuff. There's nothing wrong with it!
The trouble is that WP was late to the party - and even when it arrived first via Windows Mobile MS ignored it until Apple started making loads of money.
But instead of saying "hey, WM is a bit rubbish, but we can make it brilliant!" they decided "all systems need the same OS" which downgraded the desktop and over engineered the phone - check the system requirements for WP vs the equivalent Android device. That made the phone stupidly expensive, loaded it with piles of unnecessary software complexity, and added nothing significant to the user experience - except to annoy loyal desktop users.
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
I know what you mean about screen size. I broke my 6" phone, last year, and I couldn't find a 6" one with dual SIM slots (not for a price I considered was worth paying, anyway), so I had to replace it with a 5.5" (with on-screen buttons, too -- I'll watch out for that, next time), and it feels a lot smaller.
(Note: I'll slap the first person who replies "that's what she said")
I've noticed that a lot of phones seem to heat up more, these days. I'd put it down to more powerful processors, but it may be that they've learned more about tolerances (or that they want them to break faster, because people buy replacement phones very quickly).
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