HP Veer Hands-on

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.

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.

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.

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

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Veer 4G
  • Display 2.6" 320 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 910 mAh(5.00h talk time)



1. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Regardless of what naysayers here say...this will be huge with teenagers.

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Pun intended???

3. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

If this thing is the same size as the pixi, just with the pre form factor, then it should be easy to use. My pixi's touchscreen works great for how small it is, and the keyboard is small, but real easy to use, this is coming for a man at 5'11".

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It is indeed the same size as the Pixi, but with the Pre's slide-out design. The screen size is identical, and most likely the keyboard is as well. I think this is a good tack for HP to take - two devices at two price points but with an easily identifiable "feel".

5. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

FAIL! At least the Pixi had a flash! on the camera that is a must for me. I gave them a chance to really bring it with there event & they failed on many levels. So much for thinking beyond. How abot thinking NOW. Oh gee I forgot they broke that promise too of devices being ready to ship in the weeks after there event. I have already moved on to Windowsphone7 and LOVE it. My short time with my Pre was nice. But RIP Palm. And really good luck Hp because your gonna need it to try and regain what ever little market share you have left. Your losing more as I type this...

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