The Trial Continues

I’ve now had a chance to review all aspects of the kit Microsoft sent across, I’ve spent quite some time setting the phone up, setting up Continuum, having conversations with Cortana and using it out and about. I’m going to break down each element in my next few posts covering:

  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Continuum
  • Cortana
  • Design and specifications
  • Apps vs Univeral Apps
  • Practicality

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is Microsoft’s first Windows 10 smartphone. That alone should make it a big deal.

At this moment in time I don’t think you’ll see tens of millions of people across the UK or the globe buying one of these tomorrow, next week or even next year. For most, Windows still isn’t a viable option over Android or iOS. For the dedicated Windows fans, this device is right up their street.

Windows 10 Mobile

Visually there’s not a lot different between 10 and Windows Phone 8.1. The two share familiar navigational layout. The customisable grid of Live Tiles remains the same, as does the Store, the Action Center pull-down menu and the alphabetical list of all apps.

At the very bottom of the screen, unlike Microsofts last flagship device the Lumia 930, you’ll find a trio of navigation soft keys: back, home and search like on the 730 and co. Like the others holding down the back button pops up the multitasking view, where you can manage, launch and kill your recently used apps.

A new difference between 8.1 and 10 is the homescreen, which is more customisable than before, and looks a bit more modern. You can now add a background image as well as being able to add an image to the tiles like 8.1.

The Action Center shortcut keys, which run across the top of the screen when you bring it down, can be expanded with a simple click. They’ve now added a further two rows of toggles, which does make it look a bit daunting at first glance. They’ve continued the same look and feel if you’re using Windows 10 on a laptop right now, the Notifications Center found in the bottom right corner of the desktop looks basically the same.

Microsoft’s have claimed time and time again their aim is to create a consistent look and feel across all devices – phones, laptops, desktops and tablets – and they’re on the right track.

The next major difference are Continuum, the Universal apps and Cortana, which I’ll cover in their own posts as this comes with a lot more detail.

Overall is their much difference between 8.1 and 10. Visually, no, Underneath, oh… yes, but is this enough to start changing peoples perspective of the Windows platform and entice people over, who knows.

Thus far testing is going well, so stay tuned for more info…




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