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…
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|
|3G||3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)||3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)|
|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|
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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