HP Pre 3 (GSM)

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.63 inches
Weight 0.34 pounds
Form factor Slider
Physical keypad QWERTY
Screen size (diagonal) 3.6 inches
Operating system webOS
Launch OS version 2.2

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.37 inches
Width 2.52 inches
Thickness 0.63 inches
Weight 0.34 pounds
Form factor Slider
Color Black
Physical keypad QWERTY

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 3.6 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 259
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S2
Model MSM8655
Clock speed 1.4 GHz

GPU

Model Adreno 205

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 8 MB, 16 MB

Front Camera

Resolution 0.3 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system webOS
Launch OS version 2.2

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1230 mAh

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8.0

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  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 5

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  • 8.0
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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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  • 8.0
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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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