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Can't Get The HP Pre 3? Grab The Palm Pre v1 For £100

For those who have missed out on the HP Pre 3 fire sale, there are still stocks of the original Pre available from as little as £99.95 from a number of online clearance stores.

One of them, Morgancomputers (opens in new tab), offers the handset with a full 12-month warranty and even if the handset is more than two years old now, it is still a very capable device.

It comes with a Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 which is based on the ARM Cortex A8 and is clocked at 500MHz, there's 256MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 1150mAh battery, a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen with the signature slide out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and runs on WebOS 2.1.

At under £100, there's little competition for the device either from Android-based handsets or from Nokia's Symbian. The Orange San Francisco is one, but it comes without a proper keyboard and doesn't come with a good enough camera.

That said, It's unfortunate though that the decision by HP to exit the mobile market means that unless a buyer expresses an interest in offloading WebOS from HP's portfolio, there's no future for what has been a very promising operating system.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.