HP Pre 3 (GSM)

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Reviewed by aligunome (Currently owns)

It was not until the touchpad fire sale that I fell in love with WebOS. When I heard a Pré 3 could be had for the low price of $215, I had to have it. I have always been attracted to the original Pré's form factor. The curves of the phone rest perfectly in my palm and, unlike the original Pré, the phones sliding mechanism is rock solid. Upon sliding the display up, I was greeted was a reassuring snap.
The display is not the most amazing display I have used. It does, however, show beautifully in sunlight. I am outside for most of the day and I have had no trouble browsing the interwebs in the beating sun.
The keyboard surprised me. I was under the assumption that the small keyboard would be a major downfall of the phone. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The keys are spaced evenly; as a result, I rarely found myself making mistakes while typing out messages.
My last phone was the Xperia X10. The only thing good about that phone was the camera. Needless to say, the Pré 3's camera does not equal up to the X10. That is not to say that the camera is bad. The autofocus is a tad slow, but the photos do look nice. It is not going to replace my point in shoot anytime soon, but it will suffice for pictures of my dog doing cute things.
I find WebOS to be the best mobile experience. Does it have a large ecosystem? no, not at all. But the online community is, in my opinion, the best. The forums for WebOS seem, unlike other communities, more mature and helpful.
Although the ecosystem is tiny, it is the software that attracts customers. WebOS handles multitasking like no other. Unlike it's predecessors, the Pré 3 does not stall out when too many cards are open. After using the gesture area for just one week, I found myself trying to replicate the movements on everything. It is one of things that you don't want to leave. The system might not be as polished as other operating systems, but most downfalls can be overlooked.
The thing that surprised me the most was the battery. I have heard that some are not able to have a full day of use from the battery. I have not had those problems. When I put my phone on the touchstone (GREATEST THING EVER), I have more than 25% left frequently. I like to consider myself a power user. I do most of my emailing on the phone, send hundreds of texts, play games for about an hour, and talk on the phone for several hours.
The Pré 3 is one of the best phones I have used. The hardware is solid, the display is vibrant, and the software and performance are great. If you are in the need for a new phone, I recommend the Pré 3

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