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HP Veer Hands-on

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HP Veer Hands-on
One of the tiniest smartphones in recent history has made an appearance here at MWC – we're of course talking about the HP Veer, the upcoming webOS-powered smartphone introduced hand-in-hand with the HP Pre 3 and HP TouchPad a couple weeks ago.

Honestly, the Veer is one of the smallest handsets you'll be able to find on the market (once it is out), so if you're on the lookout for a compact, but still highly-functional smartphone, the HP Veer looks to be a very strong contender. Naturally, from the day of its announcement we were wondering if its 2.6” capacitive screen would be big enough to allow for comfortable usage, and now that we've gotten the chance to play with it some more, we can confidently say that the Veer is quite usable.

HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on

The second key feature of the device however – its slide-out QWERTY keyboard – has paid the price of the handset being that small. Not that the keys don't have a decent feedback or something, but it's just that they are too small to be pressed conveniently and without issues. If you are a speedy typing person, you'll probably encounter a lot of accidental mistakes with the HP Veer's QWERTY keyboard, so you'll have to slow down a bit, should you side with this compact marvel.

HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on

Apart from that, the webOS platform is running very smoothly on the device with no hints of lag, allowing you to take advantage of all its goodies like card-based multitasking, Just Type, capable browser, etc.

HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on
HP Veer Hands-on

The HP Veer is expected sometime during the first half of the year for all of us petite lovers.

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