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Gallery: HP Elite X3

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Following on from our first four review parts and various features on the HP Elite X3, for completeness I also wanted to put up an annotated image gallery of this Windows 10 Mobile flagship. It's an impressive beast from any angle - and I include quite a few below.

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Gallery: Microsoft Lumia 950

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Following on from our Lumia 950 XL gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the smaller Microsoft Lumia 950, which was announced earlier this year and of which we've obtained a few days with a full UK retail sample. This flagship device for Windows 10 Mobile is a successor to the Lumia 925 and 930 and has a 5.2" QHD AMOLED screen, a 20-megapixel camera with triple LED flash, and a 3000 mAh battery.

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AAWP Insight #200: Steve Litchfield - Origins part 1

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In AAWP Insight #200, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we celebrate our 200th podcast by tackling (the much teased) Steve Litchfield 'origins' story (following Rafe's own Origins tale on the 361 Degrees podcast). We cover the early years (adventures in aerospace), the rise of Psion and the 3-Lib shareware library, Steve's app development efforts (from golf to GIS), the dawn of connected PDAs, and the beginning of the Symbian era.

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AAWP Insight #199: Quick Charge 4, x86 emulation and more

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In AAWP Insight #199, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the recent removal of a number of WP 8.1 apps (including the original AAWP app). We then speculate about x86 emulation in a future version of Windows 10 Mobile (Redstone 3) and consider what hardware might be required. We also cover how to suggest changes in Windows 10 Maps, the arrival of the 'Creators Update' on the Insider Slow ring and plug the latest update to the AAWP Universal app.

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AAWP Insight #197: HP Elite X3 review recap

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In AAWP Insight #197, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main focus is recapping and discussing the first review part for the HP Elite X3. We chat about the hardware, pricing, and positioning of the device, before going on to note some improvements since we first looked at it. There's also small mentions for Skype, the Alcatel Idol 4S with W10M and VR Visor, and we ask why Microsoft isn't pushing Windows 10 Mobile harder to Windows Phone 8.1 users.

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AAWP Insight #196: 8.1 vs W10M, Acer pricing, bugs

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In this week's Insight podcast, guest Stephen Quin and I chew over the news stories and features from the last 12 days since the last podcast - including some of my rants, some of Stephen's, and a whole host of pricing, UWP apps, and platform comment.

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AAWP Insight #195: Lumia support, Ignite 2016

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In AAWP Insight #195, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by considering the news of Lumia device support switching over to B2X, before digesting some potential device signposts from Microsoft's Ignite 2016 conference. There's also the usual roundup of UWP apps, including a 3rd party Google Maps client, an RSS reader, and the visually pleasing Perfect Weather. At the end of the podcast we chat around Steve's recent editorial on the 18 month 'Redstone 2 beta test'.

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AAWP Insight #194: Acer, AudioCloud and Apple

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In this week's Insight podcast, Rafe and I chew over the news stories and features from the last couple of weeks - here's Rafe's take on everything Acer, AudioCloud and Apple, plus chat about the HP Elite X3, imaging and Skype Preview.

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AAWP Insight #193: imaging, apps, and more

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In AAWP Insight #193, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we offer some short commentary on the HP Elite X3 (software updates and imaging), talk about imaging innovation in Apple's iPhone 7 compared to the classic Nokia PureView devices, and promise some future camera-phone shootouts. Other topics covered in the podcast include the Skype UWP app roadmap, thoughts on the retirement of older Windows Phone 8.1 apps, and more.

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AAWP Insight #192: Jason returns, defends Facebook!

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In a special AAWP podcast, Jason Snowden steps into Rafe's shoes again, since the latter is taking a well earned holiday from his day job. Jason is keen to defend Facebook's new UWP apps, plus he's still very happy with this Lumia 950. We cover some of the stories from the site and I get his reaction to my rants and eulogies...

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AAWP Insight #191: HP Elite X3 first discussion

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In AAWP Insight #191, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the greater part of the podcast talking about the HP Elite X3, following on from Steve's early verdict coverage. We cover the high points and low points, consider the importance of hardware/software integration, and remind ourselves of the device's enterprise positioning. Other topics covered in the podcast include new UWP apps: Instagram, Office Lens and Perfect Flicker, plus details of the latest Insider Build.

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AAWP Insight #190: What's in a Surface Phone?

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In AAWP Insight #190, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the major portion of the podcast talking about what we expect to see in a 2017 'Surface Phone'. The main discussion points are around the hardware spec, but we also discuss the positioning and potential presentation of Microsoft's assumed mobile flagship. Other topics covered in the podcast include the details of the first Redstone 2 Insiders Build, some app availability news, and a plug for a recent Rafe-related podcast.

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AAWP Insight #189: Anniversary Update rolls out

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In AAWP Insight #189, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by covering the breaking news of the roll out of the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update (Redstone). Also covered in this podcast is the Lumia 950 price drop (down to 295 GBP in the UK), some more details on Skype support on Windows Phone 8.1 and beyond, a reminder about using a laptop/PC display as a host for Continuum from your phone, and a discussion of benchmarking Redstone vs Threshold on the Lumia 1020/920 and other older devices.

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AAWP Insight #188: Redstone experiments, Elite X3, and more

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In AAWP Insight #188, hosted by Steve and with Stephen Quin as guest, we cover a range of topics including answering some reader letters, details on pre-ordering the HP Elite X3, some dangerous Lumia x20 to Redstone experiments, and some thoughts on iris scanning and innovations. 

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AAWP Insight #187: W10M Anniversary Update and more

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In AAWP Insight #187, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the majority of the podcast talking about what's in the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, which, as we mention, will start rolling out "in the coming weeks". We also cover the arrival of the '53' firmware in Europe for the Lumia 950, updates for the AAWP UWP app, and details of a great third party Wikipedia UWP app.

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AAWP Insight #186: Skype, Panorama, and more

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In this extra length AAWP Insight #186, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about Skype on Windows Phone 8.1 (no more development), which leads to some other Skype connected thoughts, including how we will (or won't) access bots. Other topics covered in the podcast include the new Panorama mode for Windows 10 Camera, updates for Outlook Calendar, details on the latest Insider updates, thoughts on the Acer Jade Primo, and more.

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AAWP Insight #185: Redstone timing, UWPs, Wallet and more

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In AAWP Insight #185, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Windows 10 'Anniversary Update', primarily the August 2nd (or otherwise) timing for the Mobile part of the release. Other topics covered in the podcast include UWP updates (AAWP and [the upcoming] Podcast Lounge), comments on transferring HERE Maps location favourites, reviews of Terrapin's leather cases, and Tap to Pay in Microsoft Wallet version 2.

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AAWP Insight #184: HP Elite X3 and accessories

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In AAWP Insight #184, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Alcatel Idol Pro 4, a much rumoured, high-end Windows 10 Mobile device. We also talk about some new UWP apps, including a beta version of the UWP app for AAWP, but the major part of the podcast is devoted to a discussion of our recent hands-on time with the HP Elite X3 and companion accessories.

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AAWP Insight #183: LinkedIn, UWPs, latest builds

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In AAWP Insight #183, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking around Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn and how the two companies fit together. We also discuss a number of new UWP apps (USPS, Expedia, Grover Pro, Facebook Beta and Facebook Messenger Beta), talk through the latest builds (software updates) from Microsoft for Windows 10 Mobile, and compare the current flagship specificiations.

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AAWP Insight #182: future of apps, and more

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In AAWP Insight #182, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we use the arrival of Bank of America's UWP app to talk about the current nature of the app gap on Windows, the importance of mobile web as the "great universal", and the future form and nature of apps in general. Also covered is a price drop for the Lumia 950/XL and details on the newest addition to the Windows 10 Mobile device lineup.

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AAWP Insight #181: Microsoft layoffs, Pay, and more

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In an extra length AAWP Insight #181, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we reflect on the implications of the latest round of redundancies and restructuring in Microsoft's mobile business. Also covered is a roundup of new phone makers in the Windows ecosystem and details of a number of platform and app updates.

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AAWP Insight #180: computing's new shape

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In an extra length AAWP Insight #180 (sorry for the fortnight's gap), we talk about the latest updates to Windows 10 Mobile (Threshold), which leads to a more general conversation about the shape of computing platforms. We also talk about what updates you can get for all Windows Phone models, ruminate on the benefits of UWPs (one of the big benefits of upgrading), and mention our plans for curating apps and games on AAWP.

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AAWP Insight #179: Windows 10 Mobile's future, Continuum

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In AAWP Insight #179, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about Microsoft's (leaked) reaffirmation of its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, then we cover a number of Continuum-related topics, including the future roadmap for Windows 10 (desktop devices as Continuum displays), lap-docks (in the form of Acer Liquid Extend), before moving on to talk about Steve's flash and speaker head-to-heads.

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AAWP Insight #178: more Redstone, TeamViewer, and 950 vs P9

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In AAWP Insight #178, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the latest Redstone build (and saying sorry for last week's 'enthusiasm'). We also cover Cortana as an audio letter, give a shout out to a Continuum update for the TeamViewer UWP, talk about the under appreciated benefits of Dynamic Exposure, and recap Steve's Lumia 950 versus Huawei P9 head-to-head. 

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AAWP Insight #177: Redstone, 920 vs 435, and 950 vs iPhone SE

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In AAWP Insight #177, we talk a little more about Redstone (and availability on various devices) and recap the Steve's recent Lumia 920 vs 435 investigations, which considered the performance of Windows 10 Mobile of these two devices. Other topics discussed this week include the auto-updating of apps, the availability of Universal Remote Desktop as a Continuum app, and some imaging chat off the back of an iPhone SE versus Lumia 950 head-to-head. 

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AAWP Insight #176: Build, branches, and more

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In AAWP Insight #176, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the news (and non-news) from Microsoft's recent Build conference, in the context of mobile and Windows 10 Mobile, and against the background of potential Microsoft mobile device plans. We also review some of the details of Windows Phone/Mobile versions and branches, give another shout-out to our recent curated list of games, and throw down a Microsoft Health challenge. 

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AAWP Insight #175: Windows 10 Mobile for 'all'?

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In an extra-length AAWP Insight #175, we discuss the arrival of the Windows 10 Mobile update for existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets - if users opt in by using the Upgrade Advisor. We cover the devices that can get the update (and those that can't) and ponder Microsoft's thinking, highlighting the importance of real-world user experience, as measured through feedback from the Insiders program.  

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AAWP Insight #174: HERE Maps, Redstone, and more

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In AAWP Insight #174, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the news that HERE apps will disappear from the Windows 10 Store and updates on Windows Phone 8 will be limited to critical security fixes; it's the end of an era, but the impact on consumers may not be as big as some will assume. We also cover some Redstone news (Insider Preview Build 14283), talk over the arrival of Android's OTA "Insiders" program, and highlight Steve's latest camera head-to-head.

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AAWP Insight #173: Windows 10, its future and universal apps

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In a special AAWP podcast, Matt Lacey steps into Rafe's shoes (he's travelling again). Matt is a freelance Windows developer and well placed to comment on the state of the ecosystem and its applications. As ever, you can subscribe to the AAWP podcast and even catch up with old episodes - see the link below.

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AAWP Insight #172: MWC 2016 and Lumia 650

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In AAWP Insight #172, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Lumia 650, following on from Steve's review and Rafe's hands-on in Barcelona. Rafe reports back from MWC highlighting new hardware, including the HP Elite x3 and VAIO Phone Biz, and the overall trends from the biggest show in mobile. We also cover Microsoft's acquisition of cross platform development tool Xamarin and the release of the Deezer Universal app.

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AAWP Insight #171: Continuing with Continuum

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In a special AAWP podcast, Jason Snowden steps into Rafe's shoes, since the latter is at MWC 2016. Jason reports back on his experiences with the Lumia 950 and Windows 10 Mobile, before diving into thoughts on (and experiences of) Continuum. We touch on apps, updates and on the new HP Elite X3 and its Mobile Extender too....

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AAWP Insight #170: Lumia 650, MixRadio

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In AAWP Insight #170, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick preview and discussion of what we expect to see in Barcelona at MWC next week. We follow this with some thoughts on the software update experience for modern smartphones, before going on to talk about the Lumia 650 (specification, positioning and design). In the second part of the podcast Rafe laments the demise of MixRadio and we recall some of the highlights of this groundbreaking music streaming service.

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AAWP Insight #169: new rings, 950 choices, decline and fall

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In AAWP Insight #169, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the new rings for Windows 10 Mobile updates (Insider program) and ponder what's going to the best option for various groups of users. We follow this by sharing some thoughts on general and personal preferences between the Lumia 950 and 950 XL and conclude there's more to it that the on-paper specifications might suggest. We finish with some thoughts around recent editorials on the 'death and/or decline' of Microsoft's mobile platform.

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AAWP Insight #168: Verdict from the cutting edge

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In a special AAWP podcast, Neil Gilroy steps into Rafe's shoes, delivering a verdict on the state of Windows 10 Mobile and the Lumia 950 XL, from the point of view of someone usually found at the cutting edge on iOS and Android. How well does Windows and the new hardware stack up?

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AAWP Insight #167: Updates, bracketing, pricing

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In AAWP Insight #167, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about Windows 10 Mobile updates, both in terms of versions for existing devices and the stability of the latest Insider releases and along the way we mention a few feature highlights plus recent built-in app updates. We follow this up with imaging chat around bracketing and Force HDR (rich capture and related topics), comments on recent Lumia 950/950 XL price drops, and answer a listener question on the app gap.

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AAWP Insight #166: CES 2016 and Lumia 950 XL

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In AAWP Insight #166, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk CES 2016 and the latest Windows 10 Mobile topics. Rafe reports back from his recent trip to CES, outlining some broad themes and overall thoughts, before moving on to highlight some Windows specifics in the form of new hardware from Alcatel (including the first 8 inch tablets to run Windows Mobile 10) and how the Lumia 950 XL performed at the show. We also cover off the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile (10586.63) and Microsoft's details on the official Windows 10 Mobile roll out.

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