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The tiny HP Veer 4G is small in stature, but possess strong smartphone capabilities

AT&T will offer an incredibly small smartphone that packs a lot of punch, and it will be available in just over a week. The new HP Veer 4G is a smartphone that is the size of a credit card and about as thick as a deck of cards. It weighs 3.63 ounces and has a 2.6-inch multi-touch display screen, which features 18-bit color and 320x400 resolution.  

The tiny smartphone features HP webOS 2.1, an 800Mhz processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230), Tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100; HSDPA Cat 10/HSUPA Cat 6), 8 GB internal storage and a 910 mAh battery (5.0 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby). In addition, the Veer 4G has a 5-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth 2.1, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi/aGPS capability, and a webOS WebKit browser with Flash support.  

AT&T noted that thousands of apps are available in the webOS App Catalogue that range from games and social networking to business and finance. Facebook and YouTube integration as well as integrated email, IM, SMS and MMS comes standard. The Veer 4G will also come preloaded with AT&T Navigator and mobile hotspot. 

"Veer is introducing the smartphone experience to a new generation of users," said Stephane Maes, vice president of smartphone product management, Palm Global Business Unit of HP. "Its unique combination of high-end webOS smartphone features in a surprisingly compact package is just right for customers who want to do more with less." 

The HP Veer 4G's release is just the beginning of AT&T's plan to introduce a total of 20 4G devices in 2011. AT&T's 4G commitment is meant to broaden its portfolio in 2011.  

The HP Veer 4G will be available on May 15 and will cost $99.99 with a two-year contract. It will be sold exclusively to AT&T customers, who have the option to buy a black or white Veer 4G.

"A large majority of our customers are choosing smartphones, but they don't all want the same thing," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Device Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "HP Veer 4G gives us a highly unique and feature-rich smartphone for customers who want something a 'little' different."

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Why with the horrible design still?
By tayb on 5/4/2011 9:25:06 PM , Rating: 3
Why? I hate that stupid design. Who is the individual at HP/Palm who thinks that this design is awesome. I'm sure there are some people out there who just can't live without their physical keyboards but even those people would probably agree that a tiny screen + a tiny physical keyboard sucks.

Web OS is awesome. The coolest mobile OS of them all in my opinion but their phone designs suck. Someone over there needs to be fired.

By sprockkets on 5/4/2011 10:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto. If they have to stick with one form factor, pick apple's.

Really, WebOS is doomed to fail with this form factor. Stupid Palm with their Treo's and now HP just can't fathom that this form factor died years ago when the iphone came out, and there is only room for one player with that FF, and that's Blackberry.

RE: Why with the horrible design still?
By jordanclock on 5/5/2011 12:13:53 AM , Rating: 2
The form factor isn't the problem. The size is the issue and the history of poor build quality for Palm sliders leaves me with little hope of improvement. I would love a large screen plus a smallish slide out keyboard. Maybe something the size of the old HTC Snap or Motorola Q keyboard. The sliding mechanism wouldn't even have to move that much and would have plenty of opportunity for sturdy structure.

By omnicronx on 5/5/2011 1:02:26 AM , Rating: 2
The slider on the original Pre was not amazing, but I still felt the build quality was better than my current SGS.

The slider on the Pre 2 feels great and the phone certainly feels much more sturdy and has lost its angled glass screen and is now flat. This is probably a far better indication of what this will be like.

I love Android, but I rather liked the WebOS interface, very intuitive indeed . It was the lack of power and the out of date hardware, and small set of apps that turned me to Android.

But a phone like this where portability seems to be the selling point, it could be very enticing to some users. WebOS is actually very easy to use, and I would say it rivals if not surpasses iOS in that respect.

RE: Why with the horrible design still?
By retrospooty on 5/5/2011 7:44:58 AM , Rating: 2
"The size is the issue and the history of poor build quality for Palm sliders leaves me with little hope of improvement"

As the owner of a Pre Plus, I can tell you Palm figured out the slider thing pretty well. This phone has been dropped hard on cement many times and the slider still works great. Nope, this time around Palm's legendary poor build quality has reared it's head in the keyboard area... Freegin aweful.

By jamawass on 5/5/2011 10:29:09 AM , Rating: 2
The build quality of my pre plus has been abysmal. The plastic is chipped, screen is easily scratched and the usb cover dropped off all within less than 9 mo of use. It's a very good phone (important to me as a busy professional) and has the best notification system of all the smartphone OSes. The OS is decent but still lacks polish in certain areas. In terms of overall functionality the Treo Pro still beats it in my opinion (ability to open all PDF's, OneNote functionality, tasks, complete phone backup incl text messages, etc, etc) although the interface was not as sophisticated. Now WebOS will be losing Epocrates which is a must have app for me, so I'll probably be going back to iOS.

By Targon on 5/5/2011 8:19:02 AM , Rating: 3
The slider design allows for a physical keyboard, which compensates for having a smaller screen size. If you have ever had the on-screen keyboard pop up on you, it makes it difficult to respond to a post on a web page when the keyboard blocks what you are responding to. There are clear advantages, and some people(myself included) prefer having a physical keyboard over a touch-screen keyboard.

Now, the original Sprint Palm Pre had fairly cheap plastic, and it was the source of many build quality issues. The Pre Plus on Verizon was better yet, with better quality plastic all around, and the Pre Plus on AT&T was a bit better(those improvements made it down to the Verizon version as well). The Pre 2 finally went to a glass screen and the build quality was higher yet again, so it HAS been getting better.

Now, when it comes to the Veer, it is possible that it will take off with women who may want something TINY like the Veer. I am not saying it will do well, but I wouldn't be surprised if it sells decently in certain circles.

The Pre 3 when it comes out in a few months SHOULD be a phone that really does have the potential to do well. 3.6 inch screen PLUS the slide-out keyboard, 1.4GHz processor, and 512MB RAM with 16GB storage. You may not like the slider concept, but again, some people demand a physical keyboard, so just because you have your preference does not mean there is no room for a well built phone with vertical slider.

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