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alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and responsiveness. The design and screen also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the battery, and some have doubts about the portability and apps.

usability, screen, design, responsiveness, build quality

apps, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HP PRE 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 100 reviews)

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Pre 3


This is a review of a phone that was never actually released to the public on AT&T. Despite the unfortunateness of the prior statement, we felt obligated to run this device through the wringer as a final farewell to Palm, the Pre line and webOS on...

Stunning display ; webOS is beautiful to use ; Extraordinarily rare

Difficult to find ; Not on sale to the public ; webOS is dead

The Pre 3 is living proof that Palm had it in 'em, but with webOS all but dead, it's left to be an amazing collectible.

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HP Pre 3 Reviewed: Latest webOS Release


Get details on what makes the HP Pre 3 worth considering as a new smartphone purchase. Understand how its design, features, user interface, etc. can help you to determine its suitability for you or a loved one. This HP Pre 3 review will cover all the...

Although limited in terms of applications, the HP Pre 3 does offer an ease of use not yet encountered in other mobile phones. The user interface is fast and attractive and its intuitive features enhance the phone's usability. Along with its attractive...

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HP Pre 3


Palm fans might be saddened to see the "Palm" name vanish from the device.. but on the other hand, they will probably very much like the HP Pre 3's hugely improved feature set.


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iPhone-sized device that runs webOS, with decent specs


This phone is not about muscle, is about brain. There's nothing more useless than a great hardware with anoying software, unintuitive OS, or complicate ways to multitask. Just a fact: no one that uses webOS comes back to any other platform without...

webOS is just the best UI, intuitive as iOS, functional as Android, and built for multitasking like no other. It's a revolution on UI just the same as Macintosh was. On smartphones, apps are not as important as the UI, at least for regular people

This OS is very slow when opening apps. That ruins most of the experience. 1.4GHz is enough to fix this? Let's hope so. Other problem are apps, not because they're important, but becasue they lure the number of costumers that make the OS relevant

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Yowza!!! what a phone :)


this needs to be released to the masses. this would be a major contender against iphone and android Love it!!!

screen size, webOS, keyboard, call quality

apps...need more. but i am happy with what I've got

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Amazon review summary for HP PRE 3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 user reviews of HP PRE 3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

usability, screen, design, responsiveness, camera


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: HP Palm Pre 3 16GB Black Unlocked QWERTY Keyboard Smart Phone

Expert review by:

HP Pre 3 review


The HP Pre 3 is the latest in a line of similarly-styled handsets from the now defunct Palm division of HP. Each model has improved the original's excellent design and tweaked both the hardware quality and the way the operating system works too. There...

Screen is lovely, keyboard is good, well thought-out OS, well-designed and well-built hardware, email support is second-to-none

Poor internal storage capacity, lack of apps, battery life still not brilliant, suffers with lag and slowdowns, Flash video is dreadful

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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HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone


HP is attempting to become the latest significant player in the ever popular smartphone category by launching the Pre 3; a smartphone running Palm's w...

3.6in capacitive touchscreen, webOS, slide-out keyboard

No confirmed Australian release, no expendable memory

HP's first webOS smartphone, the Pre 3, builds on the foundation of Palm's original Pre devices, but ups the ante with a bigger screen and a faster processor.

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HP Pre 3 hands-on test


The HP Pre 3 looks powerful and we already love its slick webOS software. But the lack of apps and fellow Pre users will make you a lone wolf on the smart-phone tundra.

Slick, intuitive webOS software ; Physical Qwerty keyboard ; Bigger screen and keys than its predecessor

Bulky ; Not as many apps available as there are on rival platforms

Overall, the HP Pre 3 looks like a big, powerful upgrade to the Pre and Pre 2. It webOS software is slick and easy to use, too. But the lack of apps and fellow Pre users means that you'll probably miss out on some of the fun of brandishing a smart phone

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HP Pre 3 Review


"The HP Pre 3 is a high-powered smartphone that has both a touchscreen and backlit, slide-out keyboard."

The Pre 3 also has a hefty 1.4Ghz processor, and whilst it’s not going go toe-to-toe with dual-core monsters, it's a suitably high-powered processor. It looks set to arrive in two different models; 8GB and 16GB.


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen + QWERTY
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:WEB OS
Operator:Orange / Sim Free
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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