HP Elite X3 – Very Brief Review

I had ordered one from the Microsoft Store but when I saw that HP had them in stock, I cancelled the first order and made a second.  Apparently, I was one of the few to get one before they went out of stock, and got it right before a long weekend trip, and have had it for a week now.

I like it, quite a bit.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely something I can see using as my primary driver unless/until the mythical Surface Phone is ever released.

The build reminds me of my old Lumia 1520, and the build quality is high.  I like the massive battery life again.  I always had to worry with the 950 and 950 XL of topping it off at some point during the day, but don’t have to worry so much with this one.

I don’t like the lack of a dedicated camera button,  it’s annoying to have to launch it from the live screen.   The screen quality is better than the Lumias indoors, though the Lumias really shine (so to speak) outdoors.

The fingerprint reader seems to work really well (I’m running Windows 10 Anniversary Mobile from Insider Preview, since it hasn’t been officially released yet for it) and the camera picture quality seems decent enough.

There’s still the app gap.  I need my Android Blu phone  (which I use for media, and not as a phone, though it is Go ready) for Xfinity, Amazon Video and SiriusXM on a daily basis, and a couple of other things.  It would be nice to have just one device in that form factor.  But to be honest, I don’t mind having, e.g., my Groove music collection on multiple devices, and having the ability to switch between devices for various reasons.

Overall, I like it.  Once the Asus ZenScreen comes out, I’ll really try out the Continuum features in earnest.

posted on Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:30 PM Print
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