Windows 10 Mobile is ready to go

by Volker Weber


Last week I installed the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile on a Lumia 830 and used it for a few days. This is by no means a powerful device. Microsoft called it the "affordable flagship". 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, Snapdragon 400, 1280x720 display. But it does run Windows 10 just nicely.

Build 10586.11 has now been pushed out to the slow ring of Windows Insiders. It's most likely the RTM build.

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If you don't want to wait for your carrier to "roll out" Windows 10 next year, now is the time to move. I am going to provision the 930 next. And I believe that if you have a Snapdragon 800 equipped Lumia 1520, you already have the much nicer Windows 10 phone than the 950XL that Microsoft is coming out with. It has the more iconic look and you are only missing Windows Hello that does not work well on the 950XL and Continuum, which you only need if you don't have a PC.

My issue with Windows Mobile/Phone remains: the app gap. None of those six apps that control devices at vowe's magic flying circus is available on the platform:


If you already have a Lumia and like it, that's no issue for you. As far as I am concerned, Windows 10 Mobile is ready to go.

Update: I have now upgraded three Lumias to Windows 10:

So I went all three paths: Wipe before and after, upgrade and do not wipe, upgrade then wipe. So far, no issues.

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I agree, Windows 10 runs even smoother than Windows Phone 8 on my Lumia 830. The only thing I noticed are frequent screen blackouts (screen turning off and on again in a second), mostly while using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Have you experienced that as well?

Tim Franz, 2015-11-23

What should be the "right" way of installing WP10 on a WP8 handset?

And did you do a clean install or does it keep photos, settings, etc?

Pedro Quaresma, 2015-11-23

Tim, I am sure you have way more experience with Windows 10 Mobile than I have.

Pedro, see update.

Volker Weber, 2015-11-23

Wieso fühle ich mich von einem Satz hier so total angesprochen ;)

Hubert Stettner, 2015-11-24

Weil er für Dich geschrieben wurde. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2015-11-24

Leider bin ich in diesem Fall uneinsichtig. Ich komme auch nicht angeweint, nachher. Versprochen.

Hubert Stettner, 2015-11-24

Der letzte wirkliche Fehler war der Batterieverbrauch, der ist auf meinem Lumia 920 wieder zurück auf normal.
Und für den Umstieg fehlte mir die Zusammenfassung der Postfächer. Beides erledigt, win 10 läuft ziemlich rund, Lumia 950 ist bestellt. Ich werde mein 920 behalten und das 1020 weiter geben.

Kai Schmalenbach, 2015-11-24

Phonos is a very good Sonos app.

Both "Home Remote" and "Cozify" are free replacements fro the WeMo client. Both good indeed.

Dag Kvello, 2015-11-24

The Lumia 950XL is finally here. It is solid and great for Windows on Mobile Enthusiasts like me. The Iris scanner is OKish, without glasses it seems to be better than with. The camera seems to be a whole notch better than my 1520.

Oddities are missing double tap to wake, removal of 'Peek' setting in Glance and probably the missing notification LED. I am hoping (speculating) that all or part of it might come back in future updates.

All in all I am satisfied with it, despite the price being too steep. Now lets see what Panos's Team can come up with next year.

Hubert Stettner, 2015-11-29

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