Microsoft Lumia 950 vs 950 XL: Specs and Car Phone Holders

February 1, 2016 •

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL review and car phone holdersIt seems that Microsoft will stay in the smartphone race a little while longer with their latest flagship phones, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. The good news is that these phones do have some improvements from the last Lumia, but the bad news is you will be paying a high price for them. There isn’t a huge difference between the two except for, you guessed it, the size. There are some notable features to these phones. They both come with Windows 10 mobile, Continuum and Windows Hello (more on those later). We’ve broken down what you need to know about the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL and provided car phone holders and mounts that go with them.

It’s safe to say that you wouldn’t be able to pick either of these phones out of basic Android phone line-up. Microsoft succeeded in making these phones look extremely similar to other other Androids on the market. Both phones come with a one-piece plastic back that is available in either matte white or matte black. While the design might not be what we were expecting to see, the display does not disappoint for either phone, both have great resolution.

We might have exaggerated before, there are some slight differences between the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. While both have quality 20-megapixel cameras with triple LED flash, the Lumia 950 XL outshines its smaller version in this department. If quality photos matter to you, you should opt for the XL. The reason for the better images might have to do with the stronger processor that you will find with the Lumia 950 XL.

We mentioned earlier that the Continuum and Windows Hello were some of the notable features on these smartphones. The Continuum has taken a step down the path of turning smartphones into a full PC. If you have the right equipment (Microsoft Display Dock, mouse, keyboard, TV or monitor) you can connect your phone and see it displayed on the big screen. What’s even more neat is that it recognizes the dimensions of your display screen and adjusts accordingly. And if you don’t have a mouse handy, you can use your phone as the trackpad. Along with being able to make your phone function as a PC, Microsoft offers the ability to unlock your screen with iris-scanning technology. This new feature is pretty slick and offers a unique way to access your phone, but it’s not as quick as the fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 5x, iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6.

While the Continuum and Windows Hello are cool features, they might not make up for the app gap that you will experience with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Although the Windows 10 will make Microsoft fanatics excited, the apps on these phones leave much to be desired. Windows apps simply don’t offer the same quality experience that you can find on Android and iOS smartphones.

If you are a die-heart Microsoft fan, you will be pleased with either of these phones. Despite the basic design and lack of apps, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL offer the same features you’d expect to see on other smartphones in the market. But a word to the wise, both of these phones will come with a big price tag. Below is a side by side comparison of the specs:

Microsoft Lumia 950

  • Size: 5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32 inches
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 64 bit
  • Weight: 150 grams
  • OS: Windows 10 Mobile
  • Camera: 20 megapixels
  • Display: 5.2-inches
  • 32 GB storage
  • Battery: 3000 mAh

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

  • Size: 5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 inches
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 64 bit
  • Weight: 165 grams
  • OS: Windows 10 Mobile
  • Camera: 20 megapixels
  • Display: 5.7-inches
  • 32 GB storage
  • Battery: 3340 mAh

We offer two car phone holders for both the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. All of our holders are custom designed to fit your device, and all of our dashboard mounts are custom designed to fit your vehicle. Our two-part mounting solution will keep your device within easy reach and will allow you to easily switch your device between landscape and portrait view – which is great when you’re using your GPS app!

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL car phone holders

Microsoft Lumia 950 Car Phone Holders

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Car Phone Holders