I had 7 original Pre's, then I built a FrankenPre2 (made a Pre2 work on Sprint) which I loved, but dropped an' broke it, so I got a Pre3. But I was so worried about breaking it, that I bought a 2nd backup Pre3. I eventually sold both and built another FrankenPre2 which is what I've been using since.
Originally Posted by davidsdiego
The Pre3 IS an awesome phone, if you're on ATT and able to get the H+ high speed data. I wasn't happy with ATT's expense ($80 mo.), StraightTalk's phony "unlimited" data which is capped; nor T-Mo's spotty coverage with their 'bring your own' prepaid. So it was my Sprint unlimited 3G @ $60 mo. plan that really dictated which phone I'm using. If you don't mind paying for and carrying a very rare item that may not be replaceable, the Pre3 is a luxury worth owning.
That said, the Pre2 is still an great, practical phone, available on any carrier if you're ok with 3G data only. Spare parts, batteries, chargers, cases, etc. are all readily available for this model. Fixes for most everything are described on this site. The OS version is very stable and overclockable.
The middle ground for these two is the Veer, which is not as rare, offers H+ speed, but at the expense of the shortcomings of a Veer: Pixi-sized screen, non-swappable (but replaceable) battery, and tricky headphone dongle.
Only your personal preferences can really determine which is ideal of course. But Pre2, Pre3, and Veer all have fans that love them. So I don't think you can go wrong with any, you just have to pick your pro's and con's.