Pros Very compact, powerful, excellent multi-tasking, amazing keyboard for such a small device, 3D games (Angry Birds, etc.). Has wireless charging with a Touchstone, can use Bluetooth headphones for music.
Cons Unique adapters for plug-in charging and headphones could be limiting.
Summary An amazing little device that is worth a real look!
Pros Its really small, seemed good for a kid. Pretty fast when it works.
Most apps pretty easy to use. I like the way you flick to send text and the "card" set up.
Cons I am most disappointed in the stupid magnetic charger, you have to buy a separate magnetic charger ($20) if you want to charge in your car. Screen is so small you can barely see it, map app very frustrating to use, have to carry the headset adapter, very
Summary If you are looking for something small and don't need to do much more than text, call and use an occasional app then this phone is ok. Due to the magnetic charger problem, the small size and limited apps, I would not reccomend it. Very disappointed.
Pros capable: This phone does everything a smartphone should do. It syncs contacts, e-mail, and calendar to my online accounts. It handles my multiple e-mail clients.
Fast:The processor never seems to bog down. There are some network related pauses, howe
Cons Battery life: The downside to having such a small phone is that there isn't room for a big battery. At the end of the day, my battery is 50% if I don't top it up.
Signal: AT&T's network has very poor 3G signal. Thank goodness for 2G. Verizon isn't
Summary This is a great phone for someone who wants a small smartphone. I consider it similar to the iPhone 3GS, but smaller. It has about the same capabilities (spec wise), but is smaller, with a better (in my opinion) operating system. It has a physical keyboard, that I like. I can type faster and with fewer errors on the Veer's keyboard than on my old iPhone. I have fat fingers and the Veer's keyboard lets me type with my thumbnails, eliminating the errors.
Most of the downsides to this phone don't bother me. I rather like the magnetic jack for the same reason I like Magsafe, I don't mess up that port. I have never used a headphone on my phone's so the magnetic dongle isn't an issue. I wanted this small size on purpose. I don't use my phone for heavy web surfing. I use forums, and there is a great forum app for webOS. The screen, though small, is bright, crisp and easy to read.
"So far, so okay"on by rnaoncfixd
Pros Super portable
Awesome WebOS interface
Cons Short battery life
A laggy at times
Summary Let me first start off with my biases. I've had a Blackberry Curve for 2 years on Sprint before I switched to AT&T and I also have a first generation iPad 3G (only including that for OS comparisons and AT&T signal comparisons).
Let me start off by saying WebOS is awesome! I love how the physical keyboard is a functional part of the system. The gesture area adds all the buttons on the bottom row of an android phone, without the clutter. The notification system is so awesome - I was completely floored after coming off the blackberry and using iOS. My main complaint is that WebOS tends to get stuck and either freeze or lag heavily. A quick solution is to just tap the sleep/power button off and on, and it goes back to normal. It's kind of like a quick refresh. A much smaller complaint is that there isn't that great of an app selection - but that's what the iPad is for.
On the hardware:
I've dropped the phone once from about waist high onto pavement. It survived with a dent and few scratches, but was generally still working condition. It still slides smoothly and there isn't much wiggle. If you are looking to get a Veer, I highly suggest the black one because of its grippy-ness. I held the white one and if I chose that one, I firmly believe that I would have dropped it much more often.
The speaker phone is pretty surprising, considering how small it is. Unfortunately all that sound goes away if anything covers the speaker. This includes it being in your pocket. I suggest leaving some sort of vibrate notification on. Call quality back and forth between land lines and cell phones suggested I sound great and they tended to sound fairly crisp.
The camera on the back is a decent shooter for both photos and videos. It's not great, but it's enough to use for posting to Twitter and Facebook. Thanks to the slight curve of the phone, the camera never actually touches any flat surface if you lay the Veer on its back. It remains, to this day, unscratched.
Speaking of unscratched, that gorilla glass screen is pretty durable. After that fall, it also remains unscratched. It's not a high density pixel screen, but it doesn't need to be. I didn't buy this phone to watch movies or read someone's lengthy blog about whatever. The screen is also slightly curved. The phone, face down, will wobble and spin freely. It doesn't handle sweat very well either. After taking a call on a hot day, the screen got a bit unresponsive. After drying it off and waiting a few minutes, it went back to normal.
The keyboard is a bit small, but it worked comfortable for me. I have about average sized hands and was quite surprised at how fast I was able to acclimate to the keyboard. Once again, I am coming from a blackberry curve background, so typing on a portrait style QWERTY keyboard is nothing new to me.
The charging port is proprietary, but I bought two touchstones for under 30$ on Amazon. You will need those because the battery life is pretty poor. This is not a very good road trip phone. I used it during two long road trips - I wanted to take pictures and upload to Twitter. About half way through the day, the battery would die. On standby, it lasts a lot longer, about 12-14 hours. My record was 16 - that was because I left it alone all day, not using it. When heavily using the Veer, like using google maps, it will get fairly warm to the touch.
On Signal Strength and AT&T
The Veer supposedly has 4G with HSPA+. In comparison with the iPad 3G, The Veer consistently loaded slower by about four seconds. This could be due to the iPad having a faster processor or something, but Google maps tended to be quicker and locate me faster on the iPad.
I've had 2 dropped calls after about a month and a half of having it. I guess I'm not that bothered by it because I didn't really want to talk to those people anyways, but otherwise, it's been pretty good. Granted, I've had dropped calls on other networks and cell phones before, so it's not that big of a deal to me.
Overall, I'm fairly happy with the Veer. I bought this phone with the intention of being able to use it at work (oddly, Sprint has terrible coverage at a our building and AT&T works great... I know, it's weird), using twitter and facebook, and having a great keyboard. Everything else is relegated to the iPad. Using this phone in conjunction with a tablet is pretty awesome.
I highly suggest it if you can find it for under $50.
Pros Push E-Mail (like blackberry)
ONLY OS to do true Multi-tasking
5MP Camera For Size
Magnetic Charger eliminates broken port syndrom
Cons Lack of Auto-Focus
Small App Store
No Camera Flash
Keyboard takes close to a week of acclimation
Magnetic charger is proprietary
Headphone Jack needs attachment
Battery has to be monitored
Summary I am a cell phone Nerd, plain and simple.
At the age of 22, i have had 25 phones since 15, and tried every OS short of windows phone 6.5, and symbian (Nokia)
I know i need to stick to the phone in particular but the OS is one of the biggest stand outs. Having experienced everything out there, and continuing to at my job, WebOS is by far the best business phone operating system.
Lets cover the Pros.
-Like on a Blackberry, Palm is the only other OS that is set up to alert you of new e-mail the second it comes in. Android and iOS will say they have push but the highest refresh rate is only every 15mins. For people who need e-mail, this is why blackberries do so well. The great part about the veer though compared to blackberry? my 3 webOS phones i have used never had me pull out the battery because they never froze.
-iOS may say they have multitasking, but it needs to be rebranded (as well as on honeycomb tablets) as multi-pausing. Other OS devices simply pause an application, short of Pandora and music player, rather then run it in the background. on my HP Veer, i can easily run 5 separates stacks of sites, apps, and texts without delay. Of course, this will suck the battery dry, but i like being given the option to do
more then one thing or just run one at a time. Being limited only hurts the user and an OS should not be the one to control my actions.
Many feature phones are bigger then this guy and can somehow only rock a 3.2 MP camera. The fact this can pull out 5MP, i am good with this. We will address my one shortcoming with this later.
-I love it when i buy a phone that is supposed to allow me to go on the web and i can actually go on the Web. iOS, Blackberry, and some Androids can not deliver on adobe flash and if it maintains its status as the most used media format, i need a phone to allow me to look at that media. Again, yes it can drain battery but i still want the option to see the site if i have to and not hope for HTML 5 format.
Just-Type, new to WebOS 2.0
-One love about most smartphones is the universal search to find the app i need. Just type eliminates the search. by typing right away, it brings the apps to me so i can quickly type a message in the main screen, then select sms, memo, whatever i need from the quick drop down menu. really simple.
-iOS 5 looks great, and a lot like what android has been doing for a very long time. But webOS still, i think, does it the best. By seeing quick icons, i know what i have waiting for me. i also like the fact i can dismiss each one individually from the notification area without opening, or deleting each one.
Magnetic Charger eliminates broken port syndrome
-The charger has been a large gripe by many and it does have its flaws, but there are some great upsides as well. As a previous WebOS user, i am drawn to the touchstone i have at home. Set my phone on it, and it becomes a fantastic alarm clock. The other (more important) reason its great, the port wont be broken from wear and tear. Working at a mobile phone retailer, i see people pring their phones in to repair, transfer data, or replace because their ports pins have been damaged. as one of the few ways to retrieve and transfer data, a magnetic clip is safer, and more effective over time then a cable plug it.
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Lack of auto-focus
-While i rarely use it on my droid or iPhone, having the macro lens makes taking photos of text and other close up images is to frustrating to do on a Veer. For normal, everyday use its fine, but trying to take a photo reminder of text? forget it.
Small app store
-The thing that drives a mobile phone these days is "how many apps are there?" well, webOS has barley any. for this, i blame palm and their poor app developer plan of action. while i have pandora, i don't have a mobile banking app, i had to add the site as a bookmark. game library is small, despite the presence of angry birds, and lastly, i don't care how small the screen is, i want netflix. however, like i said, this is not a phone for those who want a lot of apps, but everything else.
No camera flash
-going right along with the lack of auto-focus, i almost always require the addition of a flash on my camera. if not for taking photos inside, or at night, for a simple flashlight. They are useful so i was disappointed to see it left out.
Keyboard takes close to a week of acclimation
-Like any new technology, the phone takes a little to get use to. but once you do, you will be fine. to respectfully disagree with miss Cha, i am 6'1" and more of a football players build and after getting used to the phone, i am good with the keyboard, big thumbs and all. Text assist does help out quite a bit. i was actually surprised to find out the keyboard is actually newly designed to disable buttons surrounding the ones you are attempting to hit. for instance, when trying to hit the "H" key, the y,g,b,n,j, and u keys are disabled. i found it clever. but still, that first week, and first day was quite annoying.
Magnetic charger is proprietary
-While i praise the magnetic clip above, i am mad that this phone has joined the ranks of apple and not using the standardized micro usb cable. having proprietary cables lead to landfill garbage and a rats nest of cables as you upgrade phones. so my complaint is not the cable itself but the foot print it can leave behind.
Headphone Jack needs attachment
-Ok, i love using my phone as my MP3 player, but needing the attachment on the end is pardon my French, bogus. remembering to carry my headphones is bad enough but i swear, my cat is going to eat that kibble sized attachment. Yes i could just use bluetooth headsets but they are no where as comfortable as my wired ones.
Battery has to be monitored
-Like i keep saying, i dislike being limited and told what to do. i want responsibility. sounds like the ranting of a 12 year old wanting their first phone. giving all of this responsibility in webOS though means you have to watch and monitor what you are doing like a reasonable person. while i like listening to music, emailing my cousin about it, text my best friend, browsing for a movie time on flixster, all while talking on the phone over att 3g sonds great, as a reasonable person, i know that wont last me 4 hours. so i have to monitor myself and like being an adult in the real world, holding yourself accountable can suck. especially without being able to pop in another battery for some more juice time.
So there you have it. my review of the HP Veer. My last advice, please shop around. While spending $99 @ att isn't bad, i would rather save it and buy it from some place like best buy where it happens to be free.
i have to give it a 5 star for my purposes. My Veer does email, multitasking, and full web all while not needing a fanny pack to carry it. It simply suits me.
if you needs applications though and want a small television in your pocket, this is not your phone.