"So far, so okay"3.5 starson 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.