Lumia 950 XL and second chances

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Tom Warren at The Verge:

The Lumia 950 XL simply isn’t for me or the vast majority of smartphone users out there. I use Windows 10 on a daily basis on a PC, but the experience on mobile is just lacking. Microsoft has done an excellent job on its apps for other platforms, and my iPhone home screen is full of them. The Lumia 950 XL needed something exciting and unique to convince me to switch back, but it failed.

I’m expecting to confirm this, but every review out there has pointed more or less to the inmature state of these new smartphones. It’s Microsoft fault, but it’s a logic flaw: Windows 10 Mobile is a baby OS. I’d like to give it a chance, but I’m affraid the market won’t be so merciful.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 isn’t cheap, but it delivers a lot

I still have to read the full review, but on its final words Brett Howse explains clearly how everything in the Surface Pro 4 has raised the bars. The Type Cover is much better (keys and touchpad), the hardware is superb, and the execution is difficult to criticize.

But it is not cheap. At all. The “sweet spot” could be the SKU with the Core i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $1299. That’s without the $129 Type Cover, of course. With that money you can find for sure other alternatives, but this is indeed a great machine:

If you are looking for a workhorse tablet that you can be productive on, I don’t think anyone else offers the build quality, performance, and accessories, compared to Surface.

Please have in mind that using this on your lap is not very comfy. The Surface Pro 4 and its predecessors are meant to be used on a table. If you plan to use it otherwise, consider other options.

Source: Final Words – The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review: Raising The Bar

If you want an iPad Mini 4, just buy an iPad Air (2).

Extra RAM and a better color gamut help make up for year-old guts.

There’s nothing new from Apple on the iPad mini 4. It is a last year device at this year’s prices. They did the exact same thing with the iPhone 5C. It’s still better than the shameful iPad mini 3, but either way, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

But as nice as the upgrade is, there’s nothing here that wasn’t available for use a year ago. TouchID was already available. The A8 was already available. Apple obviously already knew that it was planning better multitasking for iOS 9, and it could have preemptively increased the amount of memory in the Mini to compensate.

If you want an iOS tablet, just get the iPad Air 2 (or for $100 less, the original iPad Air).

Source: iPad Mini 4 review: A lighter, faster tablet with a better screen | Ars Technica

iOS 9 seems like a worthy upgrade, especially on the iPads

Apple gives the iPad a lot of love as iOS goes back into spit-and-polish mode.

Today users will be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 9. There are no big announcements here, but it doesn’t matter because there are  several little enhancements overall.

I’ve not tested it, but if you want to get a good review of the system, you should read Ars Technica review -reminds me of those legendary OS X reviews by John Siracusa- .

Better visual keyboard, better battery life, less space consumption, proactive siri, searchable settings and of course, the new multitasking features that allow the dual window modes shine on the (newer) iPads. Oh, and that content blocking thing.

If you want to know what’s in there in detail, head to the review and grab a couple (or 3,4…) of cups of coffee. There’s a IReallyDontHaveTheTimeForThat version of that review in the WSJ which isn’t bad at all.

Or you can just install it and enjoy it.

Source: iOS 9, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica