Lumia 950XL Unboxing & First Impressions

The two Microsoft Lumia 950 flagships are finally here, after what seems like the longest wait in the history of niche mobile phone fandom ever. It’s been since early 2014 since the last Lumia flagship was released in the U.S., even if that was the ill-fated Verizon exclusive Icon. It’s been even longer if you’re on AT&T. Like many stupidly obsessed fans and many blog sites, I picked up my Lumia 950 XL on the day before Thanksgiving, as I’d pre-ordered mine at my local Microsoft mall kiosk. What’s the first thing I did? Well, open it up of course. … Read more…

MWC Preview 2015 – Microsoft Lumia 640 & 640XL

As expected, Microsoft did not, in fact, release anything close to a flagship at this year’s MWC. But they did release a… hmm. A couple mid-rangers, I guess? See, the thing is that Windows Phone gets me a bit confused sometimes. Technically the line starts with the 530 and 535, or maybe you’d count the 430 as the starting point, even though it’s better than the 530, confusingly enough. But honestly, the Lumia 600 series is normally the entry level category for most people. So calling last year’s Lumia 635 a “mid-range” phone is a bit strange. Especially since it … Read more…

A Discussion of the State of Windows Phone

This article has been a few months in the making. But every single time I sit down to write what I want to write here, I end up descending into some sort of angry fanboyism and mention every single thing I hate about other platforms, making me question the reason for the article and even question whether I really like the platform for the right reasons. Then I go back to my phone, use it for a few more days, play with the iPhone 6 and a few Android phones in my local electronics retailers, and continue to realize how … Read more…