HP Veer Smartphone Review

Posted: July 13, 2011
HP Veer Smartphone Review

The HP Veer is more than just one of the smallest smartphones out there. At only 2.2" wide, the Veer offers a slide out keyboard, Web OS, 4G connectivity and a 5 megapixel camera. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey check out the phone that's almost free with a contract.

What You Need to Know

  • The Veer is almost half the size of a normal smartphone, like the iPhone?.
  • It also has a weird headphone adapter.
  • Tapping, scrolling, and multi-touch work really well, just as good as an iOS device.
  • The problem is, you're going to have to scroll around a lot to see stuff since it's so small.
  • The keyboard is even smaller than the Palm Pre, but to HP's credit, you can still type on it without making too many mistakes.
  • Overall, you'll be able to use this phone with less problems than you think.
  • It's a little slower when loading web pages than the Evo or iPhone, but it does have Adobe Flash capability.
  • Of course, it has webOS multi-tasking apps launch in different cards that you can cycle through or keep open in the background; this is easily our favorite part of this phone.
  • The picture quality is surprisingly good, but there's no flash, so anything in low light is going to blur.
  • HP's app store is struggling at best, so don't expect to find too much in the way of killer apps.
  • It has a 4G connection, but we haven't seen very fast speeds on AT&T yet, about 1.5 mbps download and half that for upload.



  • It’s only ¢1 with a contract on Amazon Wireless.

Overall Rating

  • 2 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • We kind of like the tiny design, but it feels like it's just behind the curve with all the new smartphones coming out.
  • We'd recommend the HTC Inspire or Motorola ATRIX if you want an AT&T 4G smartphone.

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Comments are Closed

  • Jordan_160

    Chris was.... a little extra eccentric in this review.

    Posted: July 14, 2011 2:43 PM

    This may be marketed more for business, like a blackberry. Think about; it s small and discrete, it has a simple user interface, they gave it a simple way to update contact information, it s cheap with a contract, and important functions like email appear to be fairly upfront.

    P.S. is the battery life any good?

    Posted: July 14, 2011 1:07 AM
  • monkeynutz47

    Love how you guys didn't talk about the touch to share and all the other things this phone can do. Instead you compare it to other huge bulky smartphones. I thought you guys would actually research the phone and the OS and see the total this thing could do. Granted the type of customer this phone is going for isn't the hard core power user. But this phone along with the soon to be released pre3 can be used in conjunction with the touchpad by answering the call and sms'ing on the touchpad while you phone is sitting on the charger. I would have thought you would give it a 3-4 out of 5 considering the target buyer isn't us power users but instead the tweens, teens and people who don't need the large screen real estate.

    Posted: July 13, 2011 7:45 PM