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HP (Palm) Veer: Hands-On Demo (video)

by Sean P. Aune | February 10, 2011February 10, 2011 11:23 am EST

HP VeerThe HP Veer is the spiritual successor to the Palm Pixi, and one of the first HP devices to run webOS.  While it’s great to see the operating system coming back, does this phone make the grade?

At yesterday’s HP event, our own Jon Rettinger got to go hands-on with the HP Veer, and the first thing you’re going to notice is just how darn tiny it is.  Jon’s hand looks like a monster compared to this thing, and the size comparison to his iPhone 4 makes it just that much more clear how small it is.  This is definitely not the phone for a football player, lets put it that way.

Size aside, even though the HP Veer is only running an 800 MHz processor, the software appears very snappy and responsive.  We’d have to see how it does after it gets loaded down with apps, but while just running webOS, it’s doing a heck of a job.

While we have no issue with a smaller phone, there may be a point where they get too small for some users.  This looks like it might be a good phone for people with smaller hands or teens, but if you’ve got meathooks like I do, it’s just not going to cut it.

Here’s the specs for those who may have missed them.

HP Veer Tech Specs

  • 2.57-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 320 x 400 resolution display
  • Dimensions: 54.5 mm x 84.0 mm x 15.1 mm (2.1 inches x 3.3 inches x 0.6 inches)
  • Weight: 103 grams (3.6 ounces)
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 800-MHz processor
  • Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • HSPA+ support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspo
  • 8GB of storage
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer
  • USB mass storage mode to transfer your media and other files quickly between desktop and device
  • Tri-band UMTS, quad-band GSM/EDGE world phone
  • Available this spring

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...