Rejoice, smartfans! Preorders for the next big webOS smartphone, the HP Pre 3, have finally started in the UK with Orange and T-Mobile.
Unveiled in February at HP’s Think Beyond press call where it also announced the TouchPad, the first ever webOS tablet, the Pre 3 is scheduled to land in Blighty on the Everything Everywhere networks by the end of next month.
T-Mobile is offering the handset free on a two-year contract starting at £20.42 per month. This entitles you to 300 minutes anytime cross-network call-time, 300 texts and unlimited web browsing. Pay £30.64 monthly and you’ll be able to increase your minutes to 900 and texts to 500, also with unlimited internet.
If you want to pick it up with Orange, however, the cheapest contracts including a free handset start £30 per month, which comes in three different varieties for minutes, texts and data allowance. The best deal going in our opinion is the 18-month Orange Dolphin 30 contract, which gets you 300 anytime, any-network minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. To receive more minutes or data, though, you’ll have to consider a slightly longer or more expensive contract.
Standout specs of the Pre 3 include a 3.6-inch Gorilla glass enforced touchscreen, a 1.4GHz processor (although that may change to a 1.2GHz dual core number by release), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording.
Elsewhere, you’ll find Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and an array of sensors that are commonplace these days on most smartphones.
However, the real meat of the phone is in the software, aka webOS, which we still feel is one of the best-designed mobile operating systems around. But with Apple and Android dominating the market and Windows Phone 7 slowly gaining traction, it will be a challenge to say the least for the computer giant to convince punters to get on board.