The Engadget review apppeared to be, at times, tainted by the reviewer's preference (or familiarity) with Android - lets face it, when he started to talk about how he "wished there were buttons on the bottom of the device", it was REALLY clear that he had no real objectivity to provide - he even said he was looking to press the bottom button to go back to the home screen...
So, his thoughts on WebOS are, well, just his thoughts, and not Engadget's.
He had some nice things to say about the hardware, but, again, being an Android dude, which has a new, spec-topping device come out every other day, he saw the design of the Pre 3 as a "nice fit in the hand" but, "nothing innovative".
He ragged on the camera, but, for the life of me (and, for the record, digital art of all kinds is something I know quite a bit about), I couldnt see what he was talking about - the camera video and pictures were as good as any Ive seen on any other camera - I guess some people like to say things like this to make it appear like they have some special sensitivity or something.. like a finer taste.
In the end, it just appeared that he had given up on the Pre 3 even before he reviewed it (maybe it was a review assignement he didnt want - it sure appeared that way), and then took it upon himself to claim WebOS dead - that kinda says it all to me.
HP isnt going to be buying ad space on Engadget for the Pre 3, so, I guess its more efficient for them to "like" Android and WM and iOS devices and peripherals.
Gotta take it from where it comes, and treat it accoordingly.
From what I SAW in the videos, it looked quite fast and elegant.