08/18/2011, 07:37 AM
Firstly wanted to say thank you to RedMist for all his unboxing videos I had fewer surprises this morning, and sharing his experience of the Pre 3 on this thread.
OK so I received my HP Pre 3 from Handtec this morning excellent service from them (including reducing the price difference from what I paid £348.99 to their new price of £298.99 - at this price its an absolute bargain!!). Would definitely recommend them to prospective customers.
First impressions, very similarly packaged to the Pre2 just with HP branding on the package, and on the back of the device instead of palm in silver there is a disk in silver with hp cutout in black - quite elegant.
I have both devices sat next to each other and the Pre 3 feels really well built, slightly heavier than the Pre2 probably due to more glass on the larger screen, it is slimmer, wider and longer than its previous generation. The slider is nice, the keys are larger and I think I will have fewer issues than I had with my Pre2 on typing (time will tell).
The screen on this device is another level - the Pre2 is a very solid device, I loved it but the Pre3 is a huge step up on screen from the Pre2 and the TouchPad - its pretty much pin sharp and looks simply stunning, its the match of any other high-end smartphone; webOS all looks beautiful.
The device runs HP webOS 2.2.0, I'm still in the process of trying to get all my data off the Pre2 (so I can pass it to my brother in law to test drive webOS) so I can't give you a huge comment on the differences yet - the main ones I noted were bing maps and a new Mobile hotspot application were available.
Speed is probably not fair to judge at the moment as although the apps have installed not all the apps and data have been copied over yet I will need to do some work to complete that process today. My own fault I should have prepared the Pre2 for wiping before booting my profile up on the Pre3 (so I have an extra iteration to go through).
One notable omission which I hope will get very speedily rectified is there is no facebook application for the Pre3! [Q) do you have fb on yours Redmist?]
There was no app on device, and when I tried to install from the App Catalogue it says that no version of the application is available for your device. This is a little disappointing and hopefully HP/Palm will sort this out immediately.
I've only had the handset for a couple of hours and most of that time has been spent trying to set it up. Still so much more to do, I will post an update later as I've got my app data over and can play properly with it.
But based on my first impression I would say get your order in now, you will not be disappointed!
Thanks HP/Palm!! A slight shame it took six months to get this in my hands but I know I am going to love it.