03-01-2017 12:33 PM
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  1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Curious what the community thinks... Is the HP Elite x3 the best Windows Phone available today? Sound off!!
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    02-10-2017 09:06 AM
  2. Sedp23's Avatar
    I think the idol is better.better size front camera flash, and better design

    Sent from Idol 4s
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    02-10-2017 09:08 AM
  3. invisik's Avatar
    1520
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    02-10-2017 09:09 AM
  4. dov1978's Avatar
    Lumia 950XL is better
    02-10-2017 09:11 AM
  5. invisik's Avatar
    950XL may be better only because it can do NFC payments....

    The 1520 is the same speed as my x3, screen is just as nice (IMHO), camera is better, has wireless charging, LTE, everything except Continuum....

    ...and comes in cyan and yellow!

    -m
    02-10-2017 09:24 AM
  6. Sedp23's Avatar
    950XL may be better only because it can do NFC payments....

    The 1520 is the same speed as my x3, screen is just as nice (IMHO), camera is better, has wireless charging, LTE, everything except Continuum....

    ...and comes in cyan and yellow!

    -m
    Does the 1520 have quick charge?

    Sent from Idol 4s
    02-10-2017 09:26 AM
  7. invisik's Avatar
    Don't think so..... it lasts a day from my use... never needed it.
    02-10-2017 09:27 AM
  8. zmancb7's Avatar
    I just side-by-sided my x3 and 1520:

    x3 opens some apps noticeably faster
    some apps open at just about the same time
    1520 opens weather and storage much faster than x3

    1520 doesn't have Continuum, battery isn't quite as good but I never complained in my 3 years of owning it, charges almost as fast when plugged into the wall, better camera.

    I have it as a back up and as my "gameboy". Perfect for flying or taking the train. I've yet to test my x3 running an emulator to see if it handles it better. 1520 still gets REALLY freakin warm when I play pretty much anything. x3 stays calm cool and collected even when running half a dozen apps and multi-tasking but that should be expected.
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    02-10-2017 09:53 AM
  9. Corwin_Amber's Avatar
    It completely depends. To me, yes.
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    02-10-2017 10:27 AM
  10. aximtreo's Avatar
    I have both and I prefer the x3.
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    02-10-2017 04:32 PM
  11. EuroKnuter's Avatar
    The 1520 was my favorite, the x3 has not quite taken its place yet but I do believe the x3 is the better phone. The 1520 dominated everything around it at the time, but the x3 holds its own today for sure. If the x3 didn't have random reboots now and again I'd give it 1st place, but the 1520 ran more stable for me - even running insider builds. I have not yet installed insider builds on my x3 because I want to see it stable before I do.

    If I used continuum more regularly then the x3 would be the go-to device, for sure. As it is, I'm very very happy with it today.
    02-10-2017 08:51 PM
  12. Manu Sekhri1's Avatar
    I have owned them all and the HP X3 is easily the best phone of them all, the best battery life, support, fastest processor which is still being introduced in flagships today, unmatchable fingerprint reader functionality and perfect phone/screen size in a world trending towards phablets. I am thankful this phone exists as it has kept me around in Windows land where I want to be...
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    02-10-2017 10:44 PM
  13. greedo_greedy's Avatar
    A coin toss between this and the Alcatel Idol 4S.

    Where the HP perhaps gets the nod is HP seems more invested in this handset than Alcatel.
    libra89, azgoth444 and editguy like this.
    02-10-2017 11:18 PM
  14. dov1978's Avatar
    How do the Elite x3 and Idol 4s show notifications on the lock screen? Do they have Always On Display? A working notification l.e.d? This is a pretty big thing for me as I drive a lot with my phone mounted on my windscreen so I like to see what notifications I have without actually touching the phone.
    02-11-2017 01:54 AM
  15. kaktus1389's Avatar
    TBH I never owned or used the Elite x3 and I believe it is a great device but I'd say you get more for the money you pay if you bought Lumia 950/XL about 1 year after launch (considering prices at launch the x3 probably beats both of them as it has better processor, more ram and fingerprint scanner & LED).
    02-11-2017 11:08 AM
  16. mmcpher's Avatar
    I've also had the 1520, 950XL and the x3. The 1520 was spectacular on release, and is still my sentimental favorite. But the x3 is faster and a fair match so far as display, charges wireless or wall-plug much faster and has much longer battery life (on a good Build) and has Continuum and both iris and fingerprint login. As much as I still love the 1520, I would not consider buying one today because the absence of the above would be a deal-breaker. There's nothing on the launch pad that has my wandering from the x3, which I like a lot better than the Iphone 7Plus as well. I am interested in the Blackberry Mercury (which will run Android) but doubt it will supplant the x3. Not until there's a large screen Surface Phone!
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    02-11-2017 05:11 PM
  17. nate0's Avatar
    To me it would have been if it had a 5.5 in. screen.
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    02-11-2017 07:18 PM
  18. Ariel Takom's Avatar
    Spec-wise, the X3 beats any other W10M devices out there, so I agree that it is the best. However, taking into account the pricing of the x3, as well as the preference of users, I doubt it'll get the awards for 'best bang for your buck' or 'camera phone of the year'.

    IMO, the x3 really is the best phone for people who don't mind spending a lot (not to mention on a rather diminishing OS) and can tolerate average camera.
    02-12-2017 05:55 AM
  19. PerfectReign's Avatar
    To me it would have been if it had a 5.5 in. screen.
    Too small

    Sent from mTalk
    02-12-2017 03:11 PM
  20. James Falconer's Avatar
    ohh what have I done here. So many great (strong) opinions here!! Love it!
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    02-13-2017 08:52 AM
  21. gvp 1995's Avatar
    You can compare x3 to 1520 but not to 950XL. I have owned at different times 1020, 1520, 950XL and x3. 1020 has the best camera, no one can beat it even 4 years later. 950XL has many problems which originated with the weak battery: low volume, low brightness, you name it. Plus the battery can hardly go through the day. I never new what battery anxiety was before I had 950XL. It has a huge resolution but a smaller screen which makes it difficult to read sometimes, and increasing font size has strange effects.

    1520 was released a couple of years prior to x3 but it is still a great phone. One big disadvantage it has no fingerprint reader. And no dual SIM (sometimes very important!). Also x3 is way faster plus the battery life is even better than 1520. So yes, x3 is the clear winner.
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    02-14-2017 10:56 PM
  22. gvp 1995's Avatar
    In terms of the price I agree. I would not buy it for $800. But one day before Christmas I was in MS store and they had it for $600. So I did get it. I don't use Continuum. As for the camera, I read in reviews it is not very good. But after using it for a few months, it is pretty much the same as 1520. When hiking I take my old 1020 and that one takes amazing pictures. 1520 and x3 are on par. Much worse than 1020, but I suspect still much better than the vast majority of camera phones out there.
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    02-14-2017 11:01 PM
  23. nate0's Avatar
    You can compare x3 to 1520 but not to 950XL. I have owned at different times 1020, 1520, 950XL and x3. 1020 has the best camera, no one can beat it even 4 years later. 950XL has many problems which originated with the weak battery: low volume, low brightness, you name it. Plus the battery can hardly go through the day. I never new what battery anxiety was before I had 950XL. It has a huge resolution but a smaller screen which makes it difficult to read sometimes, and increasing font size has strange effects.

    1520 was released a couple of years prior to x3 but it is still a great phone. One big disadvantage it has no fingerprint reader. And no dual SIM (sometimes very important!). Also x3 is way faster plus the battery life is even better than 1520. So yes, x3 is the clear winner.
    The SD 808 and 810 chips is what I put the fault on for the battery issues on the 950 series phones. The CPUs themselves were great. But the trade off was heat and energy wasted. This was a known fact and more widely through the Android models too. There were many attempts at kernel tweaks for the Nexus devices and the prior Sammy edge phone among a few trying to squeeze extra hours of on screen time out of them where possible. When the SD 820 came it was a whole new scene. Moving from Octa to Quad core made some of the difference as well as moving to 14nm. Kerenel tweaks were more effective and at least for the Android community made for a happy bunch. If a 950/xl were created here today it would sing a different song.
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    02-14-2017 11:15 PM
  24. James Falconer's Avatar
    @Nate W - what do we have to do to get Microsoft to launch a refreshed/new model? :)
    02-15-2017 08:38 AM
  25. nate0's Avatar
    @Nate W - what do we have to do to get Microsoft to launch a refreshed/new model? :)
    I've been contemplating that. I wish Microsoft was more open about things like that. They could always take a stroll through the forums here and get inspired ;)

    May be a little off topic here...
    Since the last series of Lumia phones were released I feel no other maker has come close to at least matching those in the important or most needed areas. From a consumer perspective the newest addition from Alcatel is the closest. But lacks more than several things. It was mentioned here in the forums before that Microsoft may be holding out on some of the cooler more intriguing technology/innovation for their own device. Which makes me wonder about the camera department. The idol 4s has a pretty good Sony sensor. But it just seems maybe it's lacking the investment and technology to put forth in it to make it better than it turned out. It seems capable, but I'm not a camera buff and don't know for sure.

    I suspect Microsoft has a plan B. It appeared that having other makers produce consumer driven handsets using W10M was the goal. I don't know if that will or has taken flight yet, but if it never leaves the ground or fails to stay in flight I suspect Microsoft will come with a plan B. Whatever that might be. Maybe we will know more at the conclusion of MWC 2017.
    02-15-2017 09:33 AM
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