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HP Veer 4G Review

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HP Veer 4G Review
Outputting a good amount of audio through its earpiece, voices are clear and audible without any instances of background noise or static heard. However, our callers say that our voice is crackly in tone on their end of the line. In addition, the speakerphone proves useless with its muffled tones and weak volume output.

Luckily, this small bundle of joy manages to retain a solid connection to the network during our testing without any major fluctuation in signal strength. On top of that, we didn’t experience any dropped calls in the greater Philadelphia region.

Granted that we’re able to get by an 8-hour work shift on normal usage with the handset, it still doesn’t offer that resounding 1 day of usage. In our testing, we managed to get 6 hours of continuous talk time on a single charge, which beats the 5 hours rated by the manufacturer, but its lowly 910 mAh battery still doesn’t provide enough juice to keep today’s smartphone users going.


Conclusion:

As much as we absolutely adore is quaint form factor, we find that it’s also its Achilles Heel at the same time. Specifically, we’re limited in our output with certain functions, like typing up messages or reading emails, that seem to make it become more of a chore than anything else. Even more, the HP Veer 4G lacks the battery stamina to fully provide the juice that smartphone users are accustomed to seeing at this point. Finally, its $99.99 on-contract price point might seem appealing, but when you place it next to other comparably priced devices, like the HTC Inspire 4G, it quickly loses out in a variety of departments – albeit, it still presents us with an acceptable webOS experience.

Software version of the reviewed unit: HP webOS 2.1.2

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Pros

  • Super compact form factor
  • Solid construction
  • Fluid platform experience

Cons

  • Slow “4G” speeds
  • Cramped keyboard
  • Below average battery
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posted on 16 May 2011, 06:38 1

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.

posted on 16 May 2011, 07:39 2

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!

posted on 16 May 2011, 08:41 3

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!

posted on 18 May 2011, 14:09

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...

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Display2.6 inches, 320 x 400 pixels (197 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM7230, Single core, 800 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size3.31 x 2.15 x 0.59 inches
(84 x 54.5 x 15 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery910 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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