Summary: The HP Veer 4G looks cute and packs in a good amount of features for the price and size, but ultimately the smartphone's compact design hinders usability and limits its appeal.
Pros: The HP Veer 4G has a cute, compact design. WebOS continues to shine in areas such as multitasking and universal search.
Cons: The Veer 4G's tiny screen makes even the simplest tasks difficult. The smartphone uses a proprietary connector and requires a separate adapter if you want to use headphones. AT&T's "4G" data speeds are slow.
Excerpt: If there's one word to describe the HP Veer, it's cute. Coming in at a surprisingly small size, the HP Veer is a cute, tiny smartphone -- a miniaturized Palm Pre. However, does the small size help or hurt the Veer in this competitive smartphone...
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: HP's Veer 4G is an interesting device, with distinct pros and cons. For starters, this phone is only available on AT&T, which puts it at a disadvantage right away. For $99 on a 2-year contract, potential AT&T buyers have a ton of great options -- everything from an iPhone 3GS to a slew of very potent Android-based phones.
Pros: Really small, if you're into that, Great build quality, Good battery life, webOS is Excellent, Very responsive
Cons: Too small to be a workhorse smartphone, Low screen resolution, Available only on AT&T, Poor email management, Proprietary charging port
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...