HP Veer 4G (AT&T) Video
HP Veer 4G (AT&T) Video Transcript
Hey, everyone. I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at CNET.com and today, I've got your First Look at the HP Veer 4G for AT&T. This tinny-tiny device is the latest webOS smartphone since the Pre 2 and it's probably one of the cutest phones I've ever seen. It's got a very attractive pebble-like design and the white model that I have here is particularly eye catching, but what will probably grab your attention the most is the size. As you can see, the Veer is really small and there's certainly good things about the compact design but I actually think that HP made the Veer too small 'cause there are a number of problems that come with it. The first is the screen. It only measures 2.6 inches diagonally so if you're trying to do anything like view a webpage or a map, it's really difficult and you'll be using the pinch-to-zoom feature a lot. Even simple tasks like making a call gets frustrating because the on-screen dialer is cramped and if you want to read an e-mail, there's a lot of scrolling involved. Luckily, you don't have to enter text using the touchscreen since there is a slideout QWERTY keyboard. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for the keyboard because the layout is pretty cramped and the buttons are small, but with some practice, you can actually get around it without too many problems. It's not ideal but I wouldn't say it's unusable either. The last issue with the design is the proprietary ports. Because the Veer is so small, HP couldn't fit in a headphone jack or a micro USB port, so, instead, they put in this magnetic connector on the side. With it, you can connect this headset adaptor and then plug in your headphones so you can listen to music. I just think it's a bad idea. Number one, it's an eye sore and because it sticks out of the side like this, I can see it easily getting ripped off just putting it in your pocket or if your headphone wire gets caught on something. Also, it's small so it's easy to lose when you're not using it and I've already misplaced it several times while reviewing the phone. The other issue is with the magnetic connector, you have to use the charging cable that comes with the phone, so if you're running out of battery and you don't have it nearby, you're toast, so, overall, I just think it's a flawed idea. It's really too bad because the Veer 4G offers a decent set of features. It's running webOS 2.1.2 so you're getting some of the latest functions like Stacks which groups together similar tasks for better multitasking, and Just Type which expands on universal search by letting you type search terms and even status updates from anywhere on your phone. Unfortunately, I think it's just hard to take advantage of any of these features with the phone's design. Set at a reasonable price at $100 on contract, but AT&T has a number of other devices for $100 or less, like the HTC Inspire 4G, that will provide a better experience. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your First Look at the HP Veer 4G for AT&T.
The Helio Fin is perhaps too thin for its own good, with several design compromises that place slimness over usability. If you can look past these flaws, however, the Fin is a feature-packed phone with excellent performance.
The Ricoh GR Digital II is a cute compact camera that might appeal to street photographers looking to step away from a range finder and into digital, but doesn't deliver the features, performance, or image quality it should given its steep price tag.
HP touts over 50 new features in WebOS 2.1 and unveils its TouchPad tablet, Pre 3 smartphone, and diminutive Veer smartphone. Meanwhile, freezing cold in NYC makes for an unusually timid iPhone launch for Verizon.
The Kyocera Echo's design offers some unique advantages, but its appeal is hampered by usability quirks and a lackluster feature set.
A good, though not outstanding, compact camera, the Nikon Coolpix S600 is hindered by some shortcomings in its performance and operation.
The HP Veer, Pre3 and TouchPad showcase WebOS in all threes sizes and we like! Smartphones pass PCs in sales, and while smartphones take over the world, OnLive is going to be streaming games to you on your phone. Kent German and Antuan Goodwin guest host and we talk monkey feet.
Apart from looking cute, the compact LG Imprint has a spacious QWERTY keyboard, good call quality, and onboard music player.
The Xperia X10 Mini packs a lot of features into a small design. Not everyone will like the phone's compact touch screen, but it mostly satisfies as an Android smartphone.
While Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its $200 price tag, compact size, and Epub file compatibility make it an appealing e-book reader.
The NFC-packing SRS-BTV5 is a compact wireless speaker that sounds just OK for its size and price.
HP Veer - black (AT&T) Review
The good: The HP Veer 4G has a cute, compact design. WebOS continues to shine in areas such as multitasking and universal search.
The bad: 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.
The bottom line: 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.
HP Veer - black (AT&T) Specs
Part number: VEER
- Product Basic Spec