Microsoft Lumia 950 XL The Lumia 950 XL isn't just a platform to spread Windows 10 though, this is a seriously high-end smartphone with impressive specs backed up by that app store shared with the entire Windows 10 platform.The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has a pin-sharp, vivid display, plenty of power, expandable storage and a solid camera. The phone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 518 pixels per inch.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL runs Windows 10 Mobile and is powered by a 3340mAh removable battery. It measures 151.90 x 78.40 x 8.10 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 165.00 grams.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.
but,Battery life is also something of a let-down. Given the size of the unit, and the general efficiency of Windows Phone in this area, I had great hopes for the endurance of the 950 XL. Unfortunately battery performance was only ever middling at best.The app selection for Windows phone is still very limited and the phone's design feels plasticky.
THE BOTTOM LINE The hardware definitely has its highs and lows. Build quality isn't the best around, but handling is great. All of the lovely pixels on the AMOLED screen, along with the exceptional colour accuracy, make it one of the best around, but the speakers are a bit of a let-down.While the Lumia 950 XL has the specs you'd want from a top-end phone, the Windows 10 experience offers no compelling reason to switch from iOS or Android. Price:$684
VS Samsung Galaxy Note 5 The Galaxy Note 5 combines productivity and polish for the first time for anyone who wants to wield and S Pen and a giant, glass-backed smartphone simultaneously. It has a large 5.7-inch display, yet feels less slippery than theiPhone 6S Plus.The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has an eye-catching design, high-end hardware and takes great outdoor photos. Using the stylus has never felt better, and battery life is terrific. Connectivity wise, you’ll find fairly standard 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and NFC featured in the Note 5. With regards to sensors, the device has an accelerometer, a gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, as well as a heart rate monitor and an SpO2 monitor. The Note 5's screen is also much brighter than the regular S6 handsets, as I measured a peak brightness of 406.85cd/m2. This is quite high for an AMOLED display, so it should be easier to use outside. However, like Samsung's other flagships this year, the Note 5 has a hidden brightness trick. While its maximum manual brightness might only reach 400cd/m2, switching to Auto will make it shine much brighter under the right lighting conditions, such as when you're outside in bright sunshine. With the summer months now firmly behind us, I simulated the effect by shining a torch over the Note 5's ambient light sensor, and sure enough the screen almost doubled in brightness straight away. Samsung employs the same custom-built Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with the new 14nm manufacturing process to improve efficiency. There’s also a 4GB RAM, which is 1GB more than the S6 and the S6 Edge is packing. Bottom line, the Note runs slick, speedy and I didn’t encounter any issues using it.
From swiping through homescreens, launching apps and more intensive tasks like gaming, it’s up there with the best. That extra 1GB of RAM also helps on the multitasking front.
On the graphics front, the Note 5 packs a Mali-T760 MP8 GPU. Running our go-to game Real Racing 3, it handles the graphically demanding title with ease. There’s no lag or framerate issues, just like the rest of the Samsung flagship family.
The benchmark scores back up the impressive performance putting it on par with the S6, S6 Edge and Edge Plus. In the Geekbench 3 multi-core score it's on parity with the S6 Edge Plus (5,014). It also scores an impressive 6,3485 in AnTuTu's Benchmark v5.7.1 test.
But,There's no microSD card slot or removable battery anymore. Power users can blame everyone who complained about the company's plastic-clad phones. The Note 5 strips away some of last year's features. It's pricey compared to large-screen competitors like Motorola's Moto X Pure.
THE BOTTOM LINE The Galaxy Note series has never been inexpensive. And now its aesthetics match the price, thanks to a glass back that feels excellent in two hands.Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is excellent overall, and the only phone to buy if you want to write by hand. However, you'll pay a huge premium for a modest upgrade from last year's model, and less pricey competitors will satisfy many. Key Features: 5.7-inch 1440x2560 QHD screen; 16-megapixel main camera; 4GB RAM; Exynos 7420 octa-core processor; 3,000mAh battery; Fingerprint sensor; Android 5.1.1 Lollipop; 5-megapixel front-facing camera; 4K video recording at 30fps; Wireless charging
VS iPhone 6S Plus The iPhone 6S Plus is just as big, bold, and bright as last year’s phablet. Its 5.5-inch screen sports the same number of pixels as last year’s iPhone with a 1,920 × 1,080-pixel resolution and a density of 401 pixels per inch.Improved speed, better cameras, always-on Siri, and pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display compared to last year's 6 Plus. And it has slightly better battery life, a bigger higher resolution screen, and optical image stabilization for photos and video that can make a difference. in short: the iPhone 6S Plus is very fast. In fact, it surpasses even our previous fastest phone – the Samsung Galaxy S6 – in some of the benchmark tests. While other smartphones come with four, six or even eight CPU cores, the iPhone 6S Plus manages to deliver such performance with only two. How can it perform better than those other phones that sound so impressive on paper?
It’s because many smartphone apps use only one or two cores at a time. This means that having fewer but more powerful cores is often of greater benefit than having a bag-load of cores that aren’t quite as fast.
In addition, you shouldn’t feel the iPhone 6S is shortchanging you in terms of processors. While the CPU has only two cores, the GPU (graphics processing unit) has six. With the two combined on the A9 chipset, the 6S Plus is a powerhouse – whether you’re into gaming, photo editing or general productivity.
For security, the 6S Plus comes with Touch ID – Apple’s fingerprint scanner – built into the home button.
This makes your phone far more secure than relying on a simple PIN – in fact, iOS 9 now strongly recommends you use a six-digit PIN instead of the four-digit one iPhone users will be more accustomed to.
Touch ID also lets you use the iPhone 6S Plus with Apple Pay, so you can tap your phone on a touch-and-pay terminal to purchase good and services.
Apple Pay has been around in the US for more than a year now, but was only recently introduced to the UK and so isn't yet supported by all the banks. For example, holders of a Barclays bank account can't yet use Apple Pay.
Fingerprint scanners are by no means unique to the iPhone any more, but they’re still a great feature, making it super-easy to keep your phone secure without making unlocking a regular drudgery.
Touch ID on the iPhone 6S Plus is better than ever, thanks to the improved processor. It unlocks the phone almost twice as fast as before, giving you access to all your mobile tools even more quickly.
The final iPhone 6S Plus feature worth expanding on is something we’ve mentioned already, the new Taptic Engine.
You’ll have experienced phones vibrating when on silent before and the Taptic Engine on the iPhone 6S Plus performs a similar function, but it’s as close to those as a hamburger is to a fillet steak.
It brings a more nuanced experience to the vibrations that help you better understand what’s going on. A phone call has a different feel to a text message, for example.
It also ties into 3D Touch. Use 3D Touch on an icon that supports it and a short buzz lets you know it’s been activated. Try it on one that doesn’t support 3D Touch and you get the vibration equivalent of a head shake.
but,Apple's made the iPhone 6S Plus bigger (slightly) and heavier (considerably), meaning it's still a beast to hold and very difficult to use one handed. It's really big. It costs more than the smaller iPhone. Other phablet-sized phones offer longer battery life.
THE BOTTOM LINE :A combination of excellent power and an exciting new technology in 3D Touch means the iPhone 6S Plus is set up for the future much better than the 6 Plus. The iPhone 6S Plus has a few key advantages that give it an edge for serious iPhone users, but its big body still may not fit for a lot of people. Price:$649