My Pre 3 just arrived today. Mine is QWERTZ German version. Thanks to someone out there helping me bought this.
My first tought about this phone is it has good build quality, everything not feel cheap at all, rubber surround the back cover really good on hand, and the slider quite solid.
One thing I noticed easily that Engadget review not correct is about the keyboard. It is very good keyboard, click feel, and size really good. I can say as good as my tiny Veer.
I'm quite sure the keyboard better then on Blackberry, even I haven't tried all kind of BB, but if I compared with BB Style 9670, or cheaper Blackberry, I still prefer keyboard on Pre 3.
Screen quality very good, but sensor light really as bad as on Veer, it dim and bright really randomly even I use it same at position of lighting.
Performance quite good, but still some slow down & unresponsive easily noticed, especially when I run preware and then open other app.
Camera focus really quick, but yes the quality is standard, I can't say it is bad because even 8Mpx on HTC EVO 3D and Moto Droid X2 have quite same quality in indoor area. I will try outdoor tomorrow.
Battery life on Pre 3 about par with Veer, or maybe a bit worse. I use it quite heavy for first time use due lots of internet connection needed, 100%-33% only pass 6 hours. I'm not too surprise with this.. because since Pre-, Pre+, Veer and now Pre 3.. I never have good battery life on those device. Hopefully Mugen can make a battery with quite bigger capacity without add thickness.
Heat issue... this is still a "normal" problem I found on Pre series including Veer. Using internet quite heavy (not download), temperature always hit 38-40c. Really not too comfortable on hand. But.. I can't say this is a big drawback.. because I found many Android phone including iPhone 4 have this same kind of heat issue.
Main drawback so far is patches on Preware. Lots of my favorite patches not available on Pre 3. I hope homebrew devs can have Pre 3 then update all their patches for it.
I will add some comment later if I found significant pros or cons about Pre 3.
So far I love Pre 3, but personally Veer still appeal to me, because I found my white Veer still has its own beauty in its small size