Windows running on a phone hasn’t ever been very good. Yes, I know some of you love it, and you’re probably holding out hope for a mythical Surface phone, but Microsoft’s latest Lumia promotion shows that the company is ready to close the latest chapter of mobile Windows. Better luck next time?
So here’s the deal: When you buy a Lumia 950 XL for $650, the very best phone Microsoft makes, you get a Lumia 950 absolutely free. Translation: Please god, someone buy these non-competitive phones.
As far as hardware is concerned, these Lumia’s aren’t terrible—fast processors, a decent camera, and even the neat Continuum feature, which lets you use your pocket computer like a desktop computer. But Windows on a phone suffers from the same curse it always has: There aren’t any apps, and the overall experience lacks polish.