HP Veer 4G Review
Don’t let its small size fool you because the HP Veer 4G is packing a powerful 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 Snapdragon processor that dishes up one exquisitely fast platform experience. Almost on par to performance of the Palm Pre 2, there’s no hiding the fact that the Veer 4G is one responsive device – especially when fluid executions are abundant throughout its operation. Personalization aspects might still be on the slim side, even more when you’re only limited to wallpaper changes, but we’re still presented with some of the great aspects of webOS 2.1. Specifically, you have the Stacks feature that organizes cards on top of one another for better organization. Furthermore, the “Just Type” feature allows you to use the keyboard at any time, type something in, and it’ll aggregate relevant content from a variety of sources locally and online.
The functionality of the address book hasn’t changed much, but it’s nice to see that we’re able to easily sync contacts from other sources like AT&T Address Book, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft Exchange, and Yahoo.
Still required to use the physical keyboard for all your messaging needs, you can run the Messaging app to compose SMS and MMS messages very easily. However, the keyboard’s cramped nature thoroughly decreases our rate of input – and it doesn’t make it any easier for people with larger fingers. Also, the app functions as the instant messaging client, which supports services like AIM, Google Talk, and Yahoo from the onset.
More than functional at its core, the email experience is lagging behind the competition primarily because it omits common features that are being set by the competition – such as threaded view. Again, the tiny display poses a problem as well since we’re required to do plenty of scrolling to read emails. In terms of setup, you’re normally required to provide your email address and password for automatic setup.
Interestingly enough, there aren’t that many third party applications preloaded with the handset, but the few on there include YPmobile, Amazon MP3, and Quickoffice. Unfortunately, the platform still lacks a free voice guided turn-by-turn application solution, but you still have Google Maps to get your by. However, AT&T Navigator is on there for you to use, but it still requires a monthly subscription.
Camera and Multimedia:
The 5-megapixel camera of the HP Veer 4G might seem appealing at first, but after snapping a few photos, it’s evident that it produces some below average images. In fact, outdoor shots appear to be overly sharp looking, though, fine details are pretty much non-existent. Moreover, they tend to look over-exposed, which generally makes the colors appear off tone. Understandably, photo quality is reduced with indoor shots due to their blurry and grainy looking production.
Horrifically, the handset’s video recording quality is much worse with its super pixelated looks, sensitive exposure, and muddy visuals. Even though its shoots at a smooth rate of 29 frames per second and its audio recording is clear, the VGA (640 x 480) videos produced by the HP Veer 4G are just downright terrible looking.
HP Veer 4G Sample Video:
Running the music player, its interface is again familiar with other webOS smartphones – since it displays things like the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. However, we’re not thrilled by the audio quality of its speaker since it’s crackly and muffled in tone at the loudest volume setting.
Overlooking the its minute display, we’re able to enjoy watching a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution – but you can only watch it in landscape. Thanks mostly to its fast processor, high quality videos pose no problem as the handset effortlessly plays it smoothly with its plentiful set of details and natural looking colors.
Like previous webOS devices, the HP Veer 4G relies only on internal storage as opposed to the flexibility of microSD card storage. Graced with decent 8GB of memory, which is actually 6GB out of the box, it still does make you want to reconsider what to keep around.
Internet and Connectivity:
With the “4G” moniker in its name, the HP Veer 4G is an HSPA+ enabled device, and much like the other “4G” equipped devices on AT&T’s lineup that we’ve tested, actual data speeds aren’t all that noteworthy. However, complex pages still load up in a timely manner – albeit, the screen size can make things look rather indistinguishable at first. Still, kinetic scrolling is pretty smooth and responsive, though pinch zooming can be a pain due to the small display. Additionally, we’re able to interact with some Flash content, but you’ll need to click on it in order to load. Nonetheless, we’re still pleased with the web browsing experience of the handset.
Being a GSM smartphone and all, you’ll be able to use it in just about any part of the world. Moreover, we’ve already mentioned it’s an HSPA+ enabled device, but unfortunately, we’re not too happy to see upload speeds hitting 0.22Mbps on the average. Of course, you have Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi on board – the latter of which offers mobile hotspot functionality for up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.
1. Amroth (unregistered)
I believe many of the perceived draw-backs to this phone come as a result of HP's possible assumption that the phone's primary demographic will be either students or more likely, people who will carry around an HP Touch Pad which wirelessly tethers to the phone in your pocket.
2. Ahmad Alsayegh (unregistered)
I think this phone will be a successful attempt by HP, especially that it is running webos 2.1...if we were to compare this phone with other smart phones, the ideal comparison would be with the experia mini, which fails big time with the 1.6 android...please note that you are trading performance for size in this matter, and mostly whoever is going to look at this phone, he/she will be looking for a phone with basic smart phone functionality, let's say low end smart phone, which is actually sleek OS and looks wise...I wouldn't even think to compare what high end phones capabilities with this one, it is like comparing a car with a bicycle...just sayin!
4. lostdaynight (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 May 2011)
"Basic smart phone functionality" would include being able to read email and web pages without scrolling and pinching every two seconds, I would think. Or making it through a day with no battery issues given that you have to snap on a custom cable to get it to recharge.
Feature/Dumbphones can do these things. Why not this? Just asking!
5. Palm/HP (unregistered)
Web OS doesn't need to much system resources, so for the average user, the processor is perfect. Although unique, kind of wish they kept the same size as the Pre. As now you'll need to either go bigger (Pre 3) or smaller (Veer), but I guess change is good...