HP Veer 4G review
A new smartphone from HP
Jon Rubenstein’s company have released a new smartphone on the market, namely HP Veer 4G. It is one of the smallest and lightest devices out there and is supposed to provide a lot of features, great overall performance and affordable price. Does it rise up to expectations? Let’s find out from the following review.
A very small gadget
As mentioned before, the new HP Veer 4G is extremely small, measuring only 3.31″ x 2.15″ x 0.59″ and weighing 103g. You won’t be disappointed with its sleek and compact body that features a curved back and edges with some very soft backing, deep black coatings and soft-touch plastics; the device comes in two colors: white and black. What we didn’t like during our testing was the fact that it was very easy to drop the HP Veer 4G. The small 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel screen looked solid with its curved Gorilla Glass, but it was very hard to watch videos on it and it got bright when used outdoors, but the colors washed out when we angled it; UI elements looked crisp, but several games, card stacks and zoomed-out websites had jagged edges. On the plus side colors were beautiful and bright. The Veer 4G sports a QWERTY keyboard had really small and cramped buttons.
Not impressive camera
The HP Veer 4G boasts a 5-megapixel camera which didn’t impress us. Pictures we snapped with it looked flat and not well-lit; what is more, the sensor didn’t work that well. After snapping some photos we recorded several videos; the quality was very disappointing with pixelation and distortion.
The software this device runs on is HP WebOS 2.1.1 and the processor is the 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 one. Unfortunately, the latter drained the battery pretty fast. When we tested the software of HP 4G for our review we noticed that it used a deck-of-cards visualization, meaning that we could view all the apps we’d opened simultaneously and shuffle them as we pleased, after which we could easily discard the ones we wanted to close.
Online services access
The WebOS catalog wasn’t that impressive, but it had things like YouTube, Facebook, Pandora, Twitter clients and many more. But, truth be told, it was very functional and intuitive. The Yelp feature was really good when we wanted to plan a business meeting. The Just Type option of HP Veer was another great one, because it allowed us to write an e-mail, search something online and much more without the need to launch an application. The WebOS software also included support for Adobe Flash Plugin 10.1; this enabled us to watch Flash videos and play Flash games. Moreover, the browser came with various HTML 5 enhancements.
In the display, audio and connectivity department, the HP Veer 4G comes with a small speaker with pretty good capabilities and good volume.
Good quality of reception
Reception and call quality were decent; the product has a pair of mics for active noise cancellation which offered average quality (though they successfully managed in drowning out car engine noise and other background noises). What we found very distracting was that the person at the other end of the line could hear themselves talk to us. On the plus side, the device’s data speeds were reasonable: they provided 2Mbps downloads along with 1Mbps upload (with 5Mbps in good five-bar coverage places).
In conclusion, after this test we can conclude that the newest HP Veer 4G might be a good smartphone option for the younger crowd. But if you want something more sophisticated, then you should probably look elsewhere.
|Operating Frequency||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / HSDPA 850 / 1900 Mhz|
|Display color||2.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Camera||Yes, 5.0 megapixel camera with fixed focus and Geo-tagging|
|Zoom||Yes, Digital zoom|
|Video player||Yes, Video Formats: MP4, H.264, H.263|
|Java||Yes, MIDP 2.1|
|Directory||Yes, the articles virtually unlimited, Photocall|
|Missed call||Virtually unlimited|
|Standby||Up ton / A Hours|
|Memory card slot||N|
|Music||Yes, music formats: MP3, WAV, eAAC + 3.5 mm Audio Jack with speaker and|
|Data & Connectivity|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA, HSUPA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP|
|Port||Yes, Micro USB V2.0|