The HD video is a big step up from the previous model, offering smooth footage and a good level of detail, though again, there’s not much in the way of features. There’s also another camera on the front for video calling, however, the promised Skype doesn’t seem to have appeared in the App Catalog. Indeed, the App Catalog will keep you going for a while with its mix of fun and business-oriented apps, but it’s not likely to grow.
Quite a promising smartphone, but another piece of tech history now
Alas, despite price cut rumours, hunting down an HP Pre 3 beyond Carphone Warehouse may well be a problem, if experience is anything to go by. The review sample came through Clove Technology – a distributor that, in all the uncertainty, eventually cancelled its Pre 3 order from HP. Even so, the Pre 3 proved to be a decent little smartphone – fast, capable and easy to use. Indeed, it is shame it has no future, as the more competition we have in the smartphone market, the more likely manufacturers are to innovate. ®
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HP Pre 3 webOS smartphone
and once again
and once again, the short-termism inherent in a stock-market driven economy that only cares about quarterly results has grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.
I am immensely saddened by the whole sorry fiasco
At least Leo is consistent!
He's ruined SAP before getting the boot, now he's going to do the same to HP. LOL That's what they get for firing Hurd. I mean I didn't necessary like Mark Hurd either, but at least he knew how to run a company. Now that I think about it, Leo is about par for the course as far as CEOs go. There's something wrong with them if they aren't running a company into the ground seems to be the general concensus among large companies.
Guess that's why so many get paid millions while the company they're managing go bankrupt.
Great phone :-)
I just wanted to say that the HP PRE 3 is one of my favourite phones to date. Being a long time PC and OS X/iPhone developer, I was a total Apple fanboy. When the HTC Desire arrived I thought I would get one to see how it compares to the iPhone. After a couple of days it went back in the box and sits in the cupboard. In the recent HP Touchpad fire sale, I managed to get hold of one. My wife uses my iPad so I wanted to get another tablet and the HP looked interesting. For some reason I just love WebOS and enjoy using the tablet so I thought I would go get a Pre 3 to see if it is just as good and I have not been disappointed yet. Now my wife has my iPhone 4, my 3GS is a backup phone and the Pre 3 is my pride and joy. Its fast, multi tasks and the card system is a joy to use.
Amazing phone especially for the price
Mine just arrived today. Had a Pre2 and Pre before that. What a shame HP couldn't give this phone a chance, it's really great.
I know there's some concern over the future of webOS BTW HP have promised to keep going full steam ahead on the software. If theyh can't find a licensee I expect them to abandon it quickly.
That said, and remember this phone is FREE even on a very cheap plan with Vodafone. There is no better 'out-of-the-box' smartphone available. Honestly it can run rings around the iPhone and Android. Even if it never gets another app published, it's still an incredibly productive phone. And on the current Voda deal just look what the alternatives are.
Skype works perfectly so far. Like so much else with webOS, you don't need an app. Just sign in to your account in er... accounts.
Did you guys mention the autofocus in the camera? And it does touch to focus also.
Skype is integrated
" There’s also another camera on the front for video calling, however, the promised Skype doesn’t seem to have appeared in the App Catalog."
The Skype is integrated into the phone app. It's rather slick actually.
Try adding a Skype account in the accounts preference app.