With two 5.7″ monster flagships from LG and Microsoft, it only makes sense to pit them against each other and compare what they both bring to the table, check out the full comparison and my thoughts on each aspect in the video below:
In terms of design, as mentioned before, the V10 is the clear winner; a quick glance at the images below reflect which phone has more appeal to it, and the silicone grippy back of the V10 clinches it versus the plastic cover of the Lumia 950 XL.
When it comes to the display, both devices have a 2K 5.7″ display, the V10 an IPS LCD, while the 950 XL sticks with the Amoled screen Microsoft have been using for a while now. The Amoled on the 950 XL is great for getting true blacks, as well as running glance screen in the background without sucking power, however Android in general and LG’s great LCD screen have a more vibrant and colorful look to them. That is all of course without mentioning the V10’s secondary ticker display up top near the front facing cameras, which provides great quick access to shortcuts, apps, other toggles. The Cameras however is where things get a bit tricky, the Lumia 950 XL has a 20 MP zeiss lens, alongside a triple LED flash at its disposal, paired with a f/1.9 aperture, while the V10 (has the same lens as the G4) with a 16 MP f/1.8 lens, laser auto-focus and LG’s “color spectrum sensor”. Thanks to the Lumia’s flash control, where you can determine the flash exposure after taking the shot, the camera isn’t afraid to be a bit flash “trigger-happy” cancelling out the white-washing affect of the flash in post-processing, which leads to some great closeup and indoor images for when you only need a tiny bit of light to get the perfect shot.
Expect a full camera comparison soon (hopefully). In terms of new features and technologies, neither phone is short-handed in that area. The V10 comes with a secondary ticker display as well as two front facing cameras, one narrow angled and one wide angled (although to be fair the phone would’ve done just fine with only the wide angle one). The Lumia 950 XL on the other hand comes with Windows 10 Mobile, which brings the power of the PC to your phone, thanks to Continuum, as well Iris unlocking thanks to Windows Hello, and a future proof USB Type-C connector (the V10 sticks to standard Micro-USB).
Although both devices come with plenty of “interesting features” the Lumia 950 XL focuses on new ideas and technologies, while the V10 works on enhancing and playing with ideas already available.
*Note: for biometrics the V10 has a fingerprint scanner built in to the rear facing power button