overview

HP Pre 3 is the successor to the Palm Pre 2. It featured a larger, higher-resolution 3.6" touchsreen, an upgraded Snapdragon processor, a vertical slide-out keyboard with slightly larger keys than its predecessors, and a wireless "touch-to-share" feature that allowed you to send a website to an HP TouchPad or vice-versa by tapping the two devices together. Although intended for release in the second half of 2011, it never saw the light of day in the United States; HP announced it would cease its webOS smartphone operations in August of 2011.

Critic reviews

7.4
2 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    8.9
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    5.8
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    6.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

8.6
13 reviews
7.0
Engadget Sep 24, 2011

The Pre 3 is living proof that Palm had it in 'em, but perfect storm of misfortunes kept both the OS and the associated hardware from developing into something that could steal market share from the established leaders.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 2, 2011

It's a great shame that HP has decided to shut down both Palm, and the phones it helped to create. The Pre 3 is a wonderful little device. The company has improved it over previous iterations and it's now a smashing little smartphone.

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9.0
fraseringermany fraseringermany

I am totally satisfied with this device. it is everything that the Pre2 should have been. Had this come last year, or even in January I think that webOS would not be in the dire position it is today. If you are lucky enough to find one, for the price I still think this is the best smartphone...

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8.0
ghoti ghoti

This is my third webOS phone (I've had every iteration of the Pre), and I'm not looking forward to the day when I've finally got to leave this operating system behind. It's much more intuitive, to me, than iOS or Android, thanks in large part to the physical keyboard and gesture bar.

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7.0
njashanmal njashanmal

Frustrating to use mainly because of the promise that HP squandered. Some genuine software and hardware innovations, many of which have now been incorporated into other OSes. Notifications, card-based multitasking, integrated Skype calling and excellent cross-platform IM service are all great.

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10
Pulp Pulp

As a former iphone user I have to say the only thing I missed in the beginning was app-selection, but I quickly found out that I still have everything I need for my purposes and the device is stellar! Due to great web and flash-support and the amazing interface webOS is by far the best portable...

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9.0
CoopersTroopers CoopersTroopers

This is a fantastic device cut short by HP's lack of direction. The hardware is smooth, quick, and pretty modern; about where the 2nd generation WP7 phones are (mid-1 GHz single core CPUs, 480x800 displays, etc.). Undoubtedly the best hardware webOS has ever seen.

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