HP Pre 3 (GSM)

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Reviewed by SixFingeredAmish (Currently owns)

If you are a fan of physical keyboards, the Pre 3 has the best non BlackBerry keyboard. There is a steep learning curve for the keyboard, but it works great. The phone has great design, while it is not thin or slick, it feels great in your hand and the design fits with the operating system.

The display is great compared to 2011 phones. The resolution may not be bleeding edge, but there is high pixel density and images look sharp.

The camera is mediocre. The camera app is sub par. But it does 720p HD video recording.

Reception is great but with webOS 2.2.4, the Pre 3 suffers from WiFi issues, which can be fixed with a patch.

In 2011, most phones debuted with a dual-core processor, the Pre 3 did not. However, compared with other 3rd place platforms phones (Blackberry, WP), the 1.4 GHz Snapdragon is better.

Battery life is average. It is slightly better than most Android phones and lasts a full day. With accessories such as the Touchstone, battery life should not be a problem.

The software is where the Pre 3 shines. webOS is perhaps the best looking mobile os, which also has true multitasking. However, it suffers from numerous bugs and lack of official support, but the online community is the most helpful out there.

While there aren't many apps on webOS, it has sufficient apps. You can get all the apps you need, but they are mostly alternatives and you won't get the new apps that just arrived on iOS. There are great Twitter apps, Foursquare apps, etc.

The Pre 3 is the best phone to have even run webOS, but that is not saying much. If you love webOS, this phone is a must-have, and is the last Palm phone.

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  • Design 8
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 5
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