HP Pre 3 vs. HTC Desire HD – Review

by Jerry D on March 14, 2011

The HP Pre 3 is a much better handset than the Pre devices that came before it and HP has made some good improvements. Yet it might not be enough to give it the edge over a top-end phone like the HTC Desire HD. What more does HP need to do? Check out the result of this fight…

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Stat-fight: HP Pre 3 vs. HTC Desire HD

HP Pre 3 VS HTC Desire HD
Display 3.58-inch LCD 4.3-inch S-LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Processor 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655, consisting of a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor and Adreno 205 GPU 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255
Software HP WebOS 2.2 Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
Storage Up to 16GB Up to 33GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and HD video recording at 720p 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording
Front camera Yes No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR 2.1 with EDR/A2DP
Size 64.0 x 111.0 x 16.0mm 68.0 x 123.0 x 11.8mm
Weight 156g 164g
Talktime TBA 9.0 hours
Standby TBA 420 hours

Analysis: HP Pre 3 vs. HTC Desire HD


Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Pre 3 (2-1)
The compact Pre 3 and the Desire HD measure 111.0 x 64.0 x 16.0mm and 123.0 x 68.0 x 11.8mm respectively. The Pre 3 is 4.2mm fatter than the Desire HD. In terms of weight, the HP Pre 3 weighs 156g, while the Desire HD is a hefty 164g.

Best Camera/Video: Draw (3-2)

Best Display: Desire HD (3-3)
The Pre 3 incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.58 inches in size and with a good resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In comparison, the Desire HD’s touch-sensitive S-LCD screen is an impressive 4.3 inches wide. The 480 by 800 resolution matches the Pre 3.

Best Processor: Pre 3 (4-3)
The fast 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 engine inside the Pre 3 consists of a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor and an Adreno 205 GPU. It’s a better option than the Desire HD’s Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255, which ticks along at 1GHz.

Best Software: Desire HD (4-4)
Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense on the HTC Desire HD beats WebOS 2.2 on the Pre 3. Yes, we like WebOS and its multi-tasking functionality is superb. But Android gives you more options right now.

Best Storage: Desire HD (4-5)
HP’s phone offers less storage space.

Best Battery life: Desire HD (4-6)
Difficult to gauge until HP releases some numbers on the battery life.

Best Extras: Desire HD (4-7)
The Pre 3 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, HP mobile hotspot, HP Touchstone wireless charging and support for Adobe Flash 10.1. In comparison, the Desire HD features GPS/A-GPS, g-sensor, digital compass, built-in FM radio, Dolby Mobile, DLNA wireless content sharing and HTCSense.com integration.

BPF Verdict: The HTC Desire HD wins!

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