10/26/2011, 01:02 AM
well, I've had my pre3 on at&t now for almost a week (got it last thur.) and overall it has been a positive experience.
The hardware is great, it feels really good in your hand and while on a call, though I do wish it was a little more narrower on the sides. The sliding mechanism is worlds better than on my pre plus, though it can get tricky at times to slide up one handed. The screen is beautiful, it not as sharp as on my iphone, but its something you wouldn't be able to tell unless you have both phones side by side. The screen really shows off the beauty of webos, it looks much nicer and more elegant than ios. Call quality good, the speaker is loud, and reception has also been improved. The keyboard is also much better (this whole review was typed on my pre 3). And battery life is also good. But the big thing about the hardware is that you don't notice it unlike past webos phone that always felt as though they were holding webos back, you get no such feeling using the pre3 and that may be the biggest improvement.
webos is the big draw, and on the pre3 it runs fairly great. The animations are smooth for the most, though there is still the occasional lag. The auto correct feature has also been greatly improved. Just type is great, much easier to get where I want to than on any other platform. The multitasking is just as fantastic as its always been, same with notifications, this is just the most enjoyable Os available.
That being said, there are still some disappointments with the execution. My iphone is still faster when I want to launch apps or browse the web. The web browser still doesn't correctly size the font on certain websites (on this forum the text comes in really small even when I double tap to zoom, I don't have this problem on my iphone or windows phone). It still has the error where if I load multiple web pages, some won't show up, some will free, and others will only partially load, what's the point of true multitasking if I have to keep closing and launching the web pages? Cut, copy, and paste are also not up to par when compared to the other platforms. There also is no settings app, instead each category is still seperated in different sections of the Os instead of just in one central location. I have an iphone 4s that I use as my personal phone, so the lack of apps doesn't really affect me all that much, other than I wish I had more so I could use my pre3 more instead of always going back to my iphone.
I am a gadget nut, in the past 8 months I have had in this order on my work phone a pre plus, HTC Inspire 4g, atrix 4g, blackberry torch, samsung surround, pre plus, dell venue pro, samsung focus, and now a pre 3. (for my personal phone I've had an iphone since 2008) While for me the iphone still provides the best overall experience, its the only phone I've had for so long, I've always really liked webos and considered it a strong alternative and even considered briefly switched over to it (for 3 weeks when my iphone 3g died right before the iphone 4 was announced). Last october I was allowed to have a smart phone on my work line for the first time and immediately picked up a pre plus (after having used it and loved it earlier in the year).
Of all the phones that I've used, webos is still the most enjoyable and the one with the most potential. While its frustrating that it still has bugs here and there, it is still a great Os and it is such a shame that it is pretty much in a casket waiting for someone to drive the nails in. While there is still a shimmer of hope that some crazy scientist may bring life into this corpse so zombie webos can come back, it is doubtful, and I really hate hp for it.
I don't doubt my purchase of my pre 3 even with its lack of supports because it allows to hold on to webos a little longer. If you have a lot invested in webos in terms of apps, or app selection doesn't matter to you, and if you get good AT&T service, then I strongly recommend you go out and get it, it may be the last chance you get to use this wonderful Os. But if you have bad AT&T service or are tied to your carrier than it may be time to just move on. Of all the phones that I've used, the iphone is the only one that is close in experience, and when it comes to 3rd party support its miles better.