Apple and Microsoft have long since been rivals in the technology space, if not in hardware – but also in software. As such, Apple’s new hardware invites comparison with Microsoft’s own hardware competing in the same space – the headphone jack wielding, USB type-c toting, Continuum capable Lumia 950. While Microsoft’s Lumia 950 may be a little long in the tooth at this stage, it’s still a decently specced handset that can be found for just over a £200 with all the perks that Windows 10 Mobile offers. With that in mind, let’s see how it compares with the new Apple iPhone 7.
Features iPhone 7 Lumia 950
OS iOS10 Windows 10
Display 4.7 inches 5.2 inches
Resolution Retina HD display 2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED display
Processor Apple A10 Snapdragon 808
Storage 32/128/256 GB 32 GB
Camera 12 megapixel, OIS, 4K Video 20 megapixel, triple LED flash, OIS, 4K video
Camera (Secondary) 7MP Facetime HD camera 5-megapixel wide-angle lens.
Battery -Longest ever on an iPhone (whatever that means) 3, 300 mAh
Colours Black, Space Grey, Rose Gold, Gold Black
Material Aluminuim Polycarbonate
Connector Lightning USB Type C, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Biometrics Touch ID Iris Scanner
As can be seen from the quick comparison, on the basis of pure specs alone, Apple’s iPhone 7 competes very favourably with Microsoft’s Lumia 950, but specs can only take us so far. iOS 10 and Windows 10 offer vastly different experiences, integrate with different ecosystems and offer such different apps thayt in the end – it comes down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a reliable phone that does it all, the iPhone 7 can work for you, and Microsoft’s apps and services are all present on iOS, ready to be downloaded. If you’re willing to live on the edge and or simply prefer a basic phone with some advanced features, that won’t break the bank, the Lumia 950 may just be up your alley.