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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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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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