February 9th 2011 1:33 pm

overview

HP Veer is a 2.6" touchscreen smartphone with a vertical slide-out keyboard, released in May of 2011. Roughly the size of a credit card, Veer was the first webOS-powered phone to be released after HP's acquisition of Palm in April of 2010.

Critic reviews

5.7
12 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.6
  • Display
    5.2
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Camera
    5.3
  • Ease of use
    6.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.2
  • Media support
    5.2
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    4.4

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User reviews

7.0
7 reviews
6.0
Engadget May 13, 2011

If you're looking for a capable multimedia or productivity device, you can probably tell this isn't the one -- the Veer's scaled-down screen and keyboard aren't well suited for browsing the web or interfacing with mobile software for long durations.

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7.0
AnandTech Jun 7, 2011

If you're in the market for a tiny smartphone and are willing to use a nonstandard cable for USB and a small detachable dongle for your headphone jack, the Veer makes a lot of sense.

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6.0
Gizmodo May 16, 2011

You can buy it, and love it for 15 (or 20) seconds even as you try to stop yourself, but you'll probably regret it in the morning.

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6.0
PC World May 6, 2011

Running WebOS 2.0, the HP Veer 4G has some incredibly useful multitasking and social networking features, but the supercompact design and tiny keyboard aren’t for everybody.

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6.0
Ars Technica May 26, 2011

While we'd pass on this incarnation of webOS on an underpowered, undersized platform, the Veer does whet our appetite for the HP Pre 3, which is also due out this summer.

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6.0
Wired May 13, 2011

This would make a great phone for a teenager or anyone who wants to stay connected, but doesn’t need a large, super-crisp display for video playback.

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5.0
CNET May 11, 2011

The HP Veer 4G looks cute and packs in a good amount of features for the price and size, but ultimately the smartphone's compact design hinders usability and limits its appeal.

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4.0
TechRadar Jul 18, 2011

The Veer is generally well-packaged, but unless it comes with a fantastic price point when it lands on UK shores, it's not going to be a winner for HP.

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6.0
BGR Jun 3, 2011

The problem is that people looking for a smartphone and a fashion accessory typically opt for the iPhone, and I’m not sure there are many valid arguments for the Veer 4G over an iPhone in the eyes of a consumer looking for a fashion accessory.

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7.0
PreCentral May 7, 2011

The HP Veer is a tiny smartphone that doesn't sacrifice power for size - though it does sacrifice some conveniences that smartphone owners usually take for granted.

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9.0
jeepguynola jeepguynola

Have had it 3 days and in love with WebOS all over. You can't help but fondling this thing, like a pebble, Fast as all get out, feels absolutely great. Yeah yeah weak App store (wish they had facebook places) and weird magnetic thingy to charge without Touchstone. But seriously incredible vision...

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8.0
jkpritchard jkpritchard

I'm comparing the Veer to my experience I had with the Palm Pixi. I loved the Pixi form factor but the performance very spotty. I've been using the Veer for about a month now and it's a huge step up from the Pixi. Way snappier in general. It's still not without bugs though. The phone has reset on...

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8.0
njspy njspy

Despite everything I wrote its a great phone, really cheap and it just work. just stick to the standards (mp3, avi, mpg, rmvb) and the official apps on App Central (facebook, twitter, foursquare, maps). Moreover, If you decide to buy it buy the Palm Touchstone, its a great practical and stylish...

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7.0
bennyb bennyb

Give me a more stable system (droped calls, no possibility to reset easily, sometimes the photo app hangs), some more apps (Twitter and Skype native apps i.e.!) and better battery life, and i am sold. Probably will no longer happen, but i still think it is/was the best mobile OS out there for it...

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4.0
TScube TScube

The HP Veer is actually less than the sum of its parts. While the phone might be okay to use as a last resort backup , under no circumstances should you use it as your primary phone. Almost every call is dropped regardless of where you go and the ones that aren't make it impossible to have a...

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