02/21/2013, 12:42 AM
I've changed the last two pictures, it should be much clearer now. The Pre 3's charging port was always open, it didn't have a cover...but it is supposed to be surrounded by plastic on all sides when the back cover is on. On mine, it's only surrounded on three sides, the top part broke off. If you found another completely intact back cover somewhere, you could just swap them.
Nothing but respect for all the homebrewers here, they've put in a lot of work to bring useful apps to the platform and tons of patches and little improvements to the overall webOS experience. There are still things webOS does better than any other OS...and I definitely miss parts of the experience. No turning back for me now though, I'll just keep hoping physical keyboards make a comeback in Android devices.
That said, if you're still rocking an original Sprint Pre in 2013, I think you'll be ecstatic with a Pre 3. It could have been a contender if it'd been released in the summer of 2011.