Conclusion: It’s great to see that the phone market is finally beginning to welcome odd-looking phones again. HP is brave to try something new, and we applaud the company’s courage, but the Veer is not a phone for everybody. Its tiny screen and keyboard will make it difficult to operate for those with large hands.
Pros: Small size is welcomed in a market of huge phones, Refreshing webOS interface, QWERTY keyboard is quite usable, Screen is more responsive than any Android device
Cons: Screen is too small for many users, Proprietary charge port, Audio jack requires a dongle, Poor camera with no autofocus, No microSD storage slot, Screen whittles down webOS app selection, Not a true 4G device
Conclusion: The Veer is a fascinating little proof-of-concept device and quite a marvelous example of what modern engineering prowess can cram into such a small form factor. It also an assuring sign that WebOS 2.x is finally moving forward after the stagnation seen throughout 2010. The problem with the Veer, however, is two-fold and ultimately more endemic with problems within HP/Palm and the WebOS ecosystem in general than it is the Veer's hardware shortcomings.
Excerpt: Announced back in February and recently launched in the U.S., the HP Veer /P160UNA smartphone will hit Europe anytime soon as well. At a size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards, the Veer is the smallest HP webOS phone to date. Running HP's latest webOS 2.1 , the Veer is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 800 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well as the...
Excerpt: Unlike the previous Palm and HP Pre and Pixi device updates, HP's new HP Veer is a brand new and totally different webOS smartphone from HP's former Palm division. Running webOS 2.1 , the HP Veer is a kind of different smartphone to all the other smartphones available today. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 Snapdragon CPU at 800 MHz, the Veer supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well...
Excerpt: The latest webOS smartphone, AT&T's HP Veer 4G is the size of a credit card but still has a physical keyboard and a touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage capacity...[...
Pros: Very small and light — you’ll hardly notice that it’s in your pocket, Easy to use operating system, Small but usable keyboard, Excellent PIM experience, Built-in PDF viewer and Quickoffice
Cons: Very small screen can be hard to use, especially when web browsing, Voice quality is acceptable, but not great, Poor battery life, Social networking experience somewhat lacking, Navigation experience hit or miss; sometimes the phone couldn’t pinpoint my location, Camera is adequate, but doesn’t has zoom or flash capabilities
Conclusion: I mentioned at the beginning that product launches generally seem to be top down, rather than bottom up. Launch the flagship first, get the enthusiasts excited, then release mainstream and lite versions to cater to flesh out options for everyone else. The original Palm Pre launches went this way for a reason - imagine how different the Palm Pre would have turned out had the Pixi preceded it.
Summary: The HP Veer 4G doesn't really offer anything that would tempt an iPhone or Android phone owner to buy this device. It's more like a messaging phone that can do a lot more. But even viewed in that light, the Veer 4G doesn't hit the mark. While the design is remarkably small and pocket-friendly, the screen is tough to read in portrait mode, and you have to attach an awkward accessory just to plug in headphones.