standard Special Lumia 950 XL + Continuum Essentials Unboxing #LumiaTrials


The kind folks over at @LumiaVoices hooked us up with the Lumia 950 XL and Continuum starter pack to try out. The package contains all the awesome goodies you need to get the most out of your Lumia 950 XL and use it with the Continuum dock as a portable PC. Check out our unboxing video below:

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In terms of design and looks, there really isn’t much worth mentioning about the Lumia 950 XL; calling it “just a phone” would be going easy on it. The design is a bland as it can get, hardly worth a mention (as you can tell from the video above), and to be brutally honest if I was going to comment about it, it would likely be to mention the “creaky” build quality that gives it the feel of a $150 phone, not a $600 one. Best summed up in the tweet below:

Besides the poor first impression the 950 XL makes in terms of design, it has the internals to make up for it, with a quad core snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GBs of ram the Lumia 950 XL should be no slouch, and we’ll definitely put it to the test.

In comparison to most Lumias I’ve used, the 20 MP camera seems extremely fast to capture images, with capture to capture times falling easily under a second, but once again we’ll have to test out the cameras full capabilities before passing judgement.

Setting up the iris scanner, arguably one of the most interesting features of the Lumia 950 XL, is a breeze, it only takes a few moments to get your eye’s scanned (even my squinty eyes); after that you should be ready to go. Although unlocking the phone with your iris might seem a bit slow, that was before I realized I could swipe up the screen with my hand to speed up the unlock time, rather than wait for the phone to open itself.

Reserving any judgement about the powers of Continuum will have to be saved till I have a chance to play with it, but to be honest although the concept intrigues me it’s not one that I would use personally as I take my laptop anywhere I anticipate needing it.


Stay tuned for our full review and coverage soon to follow!

  • Marshall

    Nice kit! What would something like that go for?
    As far as looks and feel, to me, it’s a cell phone. Not much can be done for originality aside from durability. I know it’s cool, but, does the iris scanner really benefit anyone?
    Happy New Year!

    • Not sure if the Iris scanner is really a time saver, I could probably enter my PIN code in about 2 seconds, the same time it seems to take to unlock the phone, plus at least the PIN code doesn’t fail randomly.

      According to the Microsoft site, the 950XL is $650, the KB $99, the Arc touch mouse $60 and the Display dock another $99

      So you’ll be spending over $900 to get the “PC experience” and that’s without the screen as well.

      • Marshall

        I love the tech, but I think I’ll hold out longer with my trusty 1520. Thanks for the info!