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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, 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.