As we near its expected May 15th launch date, the $99.99 on-contract HP Veer 4G is shaping up to be a decent entry to showcase the relevance that’s surrounding webOS once again. Taking a look at its retail packaging, with its familiar white and orange theme, it’s more than evident that it’s an HP product – and not something from Palm. On the front, an accurate image of the diminutive device is splashed right on there to really give a telling of how compact this handset really is. Inside, we’re presented with the usual set of documentation, SIM card, proprietary USB cable, wall charger, and 3.5mm headset adapter. Sadly though, it’s rather a shame to see it side with a proprietary data/power port – as opposed to using the usual microUSB connection. Moreover, you’ll need to be careful to not lose that 3.5mm headset adapter, which engineers could not integrate with the handset itself.
Holding it for the first time, we’re utterly mesmerized by how wickedly compact it is versus most smartphones nowadays. Comparing it to the original Palm Pre, it clearly evident that it's much smaller than its forefather – albeit, its thickness is roughly the same. Advertised as being the size of a credit card, it actually lives up to that remark hands down. However, it’s hard to say right now whether or not we’re fans of its mostly white paneled sides and back cover. Nonetheless, we’re hungry to check out this handset a little bit more in depth – especially when webOS devices in general aren’t released all the time.
Surely we’ll be testing out the device over the course of the next few days to get a better grasp for it, but in the meantime, you can watch our unboxing video below. We’ll have our in-depth review shortly!
Stinks that the 3.5mm headset jack wasn't integrated. Phone looks great otherwise.
posted on May 10, 2011, 7:59 PM 4
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wish it was black
posted on May 10, 2011, 8:51 PM 3
Did anyone notice that the wall adapter for the USB cable still says PALM? Funny it isn't on anything else. Sad to see it go :(
posted on May 10, 2011, 8:28 PM 2
Posts: 432; Member since: Apr 15, 2010
PhoneArena/John et al: When you're testing it, can you double check the performance of the IM client, specifically with Yahoo! IM, and Google Chat? The Y! IM hasn't historically worked with webOS and I'd like to see if they've ironed it out with webOS 2.1.x....Thanks!!
posted on May 10, 2011, 8:53 PM 0
Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008
logged into yahoo I'M and instantly bombarded with IMs from spam bots, so I suppose it works. Logged into google, but contacts don't load.
posted on May 10, 2011, 10:52 PM 1
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That's the kind of inconsistency I was getting, even worse on my Pre2. Google Chat worked fine, Yahoo! IM didn't work at all. Skype IM worked flawlessly. Thanks for checking though. If you remember, share your impressions about that. Cheers.
posted on May 11, 2011, 10:15 AM 0
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Its unfortunate that the Veer doesn't stray away from the original Palm Pre-ish look. Why is webOs plagued/limited to this mini keyboard slider style? I thought HP would offer more variations of form factors but i guess i am sadly mistaken. WebOS is a great software dwarfed by a terrible design. Next...
posted on May 10, 2011, 9:18 PM 0
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You gotta figure HP will branch out and compete against the side-sliders and full touch screens of the world sooner rather then later. I don't see a problem with kicking things off with the Palm style phones, but HP will not become a major player just with those devices. I still think they are more worried about the Tablet they got coming out, and seem content to work on the handsets next. Seems really backwards to me, the Tablet market hasn't really taken off yet and smartphones continue to grow. But, it does seem to be that way with 'em. Still hoping for success for HP- I really have enjoyed playing with the WebOS. Much better option then W7, and more potential then RIM at this point. (In my humble, unimportant opinion.)
posted on May 10, 2011, 10:52 PM 0
I have been anxiously waiting for some company to make a smartphone this small, but the phone doesn't have the best look and the fact you cant put a micro SD in it or the headphone jack's wired exterior factor killed it for me. Does anybody know of another phone that is similar to the veer4 in its size and features that is coming up soon?
posted on Jun 12, 2011, 4:12 AM 0
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