After a long wait, Microsoft has stepped into the big phone showdown with its majestic Windows 10 mobile based Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL. Dubbed as “Talkman” and “Cityman”, the two big-screened beauties from the company flaunt top-tier specs with some mind-boggling features. While Lumia 950 features a hexa-core processor, its elder sibling packs a bigger display with a faster processor, and goes straight against the likes of all high-end players including the mighty iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 6S is hitting the shelves successfully across countries, and from where we see, it will be a real challenge for struggling Microsoft to put up a strong challenge against the premium leader in the smartphone segment. The new Lumia 950 XL, which works just like a full-fledged PC certainly promises a lot, but since it’s too early to make any predictions, we’ll keep both phones together to see which one comes out as the better option! Have a look to know more.
Both phones look exemplary, but their design and build quality differs a lot. The iPhone 6S, at the first place, features a full-metal body with a non-removable back, while its arch rival, the Lumia 950 XL packs a metal frame with a removable polycarbonate rear. It adds a subtle touch of functionality compared to the iPhone, but as far as looks are concerned, the iPhone 6S with premium 7000 series Aluminum and wider color options, is the clear winner. It also features a sleek profile at 7.1mm and gives a stronger grip to the users.
As for viewing experience, the quad-HD AMOLED display of Lumia 950 XL makes a strong impression over the 4.7-inch LED panel of iPhone 6s. The iPhone 6s drops down to 1334 x 750 pixels, and is not punchy enough to take on the Lumia 950 XL. It looks good enough to create a decent visual experience with realistic colors, but the humongous 5.7-inch display of Lumia 950XL is something a lot better and sharper.
Both phones also include something new and innovative. The pressure sensitive 3D Touch of iPhone 6S triggers different functionalities on soft and hard press, while the new Glance screen feature on Lumia 950 XL displays various pieces of information without actually turning on the display. It plays a significant role in saving power on-the-go!
After bringing a handful of hardware upgrades in previous “S” models, Apple has introduced some major improvements in the new iPhone 6S. The metal-clad beauty pairs up 2GB of RAM with company’s proprietary A9 processor and promises a better and faster experience than all previous iPhones. The chipset clocks at 1.8GHz, and delivers smooth and glitch-free performance while handling heavy multi-tasking and high-end gaming.
On the other hand, the new Lumia 950XL powers up by Qualcomm’s top-tier Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC, and makes an ideal package for high-end players. The device packs 64-bit capabilities and gives seamless performance with a whopping 3GB of RAM and advanced liquid cooling technology. It includes a plethora of new features, and fits perfectly as an ideal competition for the iPhone 6S!
On the software front, there is again a big difference between iPhone 6S and Lumia 950XL. The iPhone 6S runs Apple’s latest iOS 9 with a bunch of new upgrades and features, while Lumia 950 XL runs Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows 10 mobile.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile packs a strong punch against its competitors and brings a seamless experience across smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It is the first OS which turns a smartphone into a full-fledged PC when connected to the Microsoft Display Dock, keyboard, and a mouse. The native Microsoft apps are scaled up on the big-screen, and a complete PC-like ecosystem is created with perfection. It’s a perfect choice for on-the-go PC users, but the downside is, apps on Windows 10 mobile are still lesser than on Android or iOS.
On the contrary, iOS 9 is slick, powerful, and efficient, but its integration across Apple device is not as efficient as on Windows. The OS brings a bunch of new features and is sitting right behind Android with support for a slew of apps in the market.
Even as for camera efficiency, there is a lot to discuss about iPhone 6S and Lumia 950 XL. The sassy iPhone 6S features a 12-megapixel iSight camera and a 5-megapixel FaceTime camera, while its popular Windows based rival sports a magnificent 20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zesis optics and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Although Microsoft is the clear winner in terms of pixel count, the camera output of iPhone 6S also makes up an incredible package for photography enthusiasts.
As for features, while Lumia 950XL offers high-resolution zoom, its competitor the iPhone 6S packs a bunch of features such as, auto-HDR, Retina Flash and Live Photos. But, since the device lacks optical image stabilization as well, the camera of Lumia 950 XL looks like the most favorite in this case.
The iPhone 6S comes at a hefty price tag with the 16GB variant starting at Rs. 62,000, 64GB at Rs. 72,000, and 128GB at Rs. 82,000. The heavily priced iPhone is almost the twice of Lumia 950 XL, which has been launched at an acceptable price tag of Rs. 49,699.
The iPhone 6S and Lumia 950 XL both go head to head and pack some mind-boggling features like no other flagship. They both make up one of the best packages in the high-end segment, but when it comes to selecting the better one from these two, we’ll suggest Microsoft Lumia 950 XL as a better option. The Windows 10 Mobile based device packs seamless performance with a classy design, and most importantly ships at a very reasonable price tag. It’s a lot better than iPhone 6S, and can easily cater all your needs with top-tier performance. Moreover, Windows ecosystem is improving at a great pace, and the number apps on the OS is also increasing frequently.