HP Veer 4G Review

Performance:

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

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

4.0
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