The ever elusive N950. I have one now. Thank you Nokia. I am currently packing it up and getting ready to send it back to Nokia. Here's why.
I had an N9 running PR1.1 and an N950 running PR1.2. I preferred the N9 over the N950 as it was a far more polished product.
While the N950 seems more eye catching with the hardware keyboard, it's a massive pain to use. I have become so accustomed to the N9's virtual keyboard that I felt that typing on the N950 was a major chore. I found myself using the virtual keyboard on the N950 more than the hardware keyboard.
My next major struggle with the N950 was that PR1.2 Beta had so much lag. It was one of the biggest problems I had with the Nokia N950.
Another major problem I had on the N950 that was the last straw for me was that it couldn't hold a signal for an extended period of time. It would keep cutting out and that bothered me to no end. In the middle of a call it would stop working. Now try to explain to the average user that this isn't a big deal. Good Luck with that argument.
Those were my major complaints about it.
The N950 isn't necessarily a bad product, but it's not an amazing product either.
To all those that worship the N950 like it was Nokia's aborted child, STOP! I am here to put an end to this right here and right now.
The N950 much like every phone had it's own problems.
The story about the hinge not working is completely false. I can confirm that the hinge on the N950 works flawlessly. The bigger problem is opening the phone. Much like the Nokia E7, I was constantly worried that I would drop the N950 when opening it. This was not a good feeling to have. Opening the N950 was a challenge. Trust me standing on the side walk for 5 minutes trying to decide how to use the N950 without dropping it while opening it was not a fun thing to do. I was mostly scared of dropping a phone that there were 250 some of in the whole world and how I'd hate myself if I got a scratch on or some how messed up.
Being one of the few people that will openly talk about this, I can say with certainty that the N9 is a far better and more polished product than the N950. To all those that disagree, that's on you. I have used both and had both for a bit. I am not excited by the N950. That is why it's packaged up and ready to go back to Nokia. To Nokia, thanks but no thanks.
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