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Review: HP Veer 4G

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Browser

The Veer's HTML web browser is simple to use. When you first open it, you get a grid-like panel of your bookmarks. About six fit on the screen at any one time. Basically, each bookmark is a snapshot of each web site that you've marked. Press to open that page. There's also a URL address bar at the top.

The Veer runs on AT&T's HSPA+ network, which, for the most part, makes for quick browsing. It was definitely slower than other AT&T devices I had on hand, but it never crashed out completely.

Tapping will zoom in/out to different sections of any site you visit, as will pinching. The browser's preferences allow you to customize some settings and see things such as your browsing history. You can also add web sites to the home screen as cards, making them instant bookmarks from the Veer's desktop. You can also share web site links via email.

 

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Customize

The Veer lets you change up most of the normal things you expect to be able to customize on any handset. Wallpapers, ringtones, caller IDs, alert tones, the menus, etc., can all be customized as you wish.

The Veer has a lot of keyboard-based shortcuts, and some of them can be user-defined to quickly initiate certain actions. Pressing and holding the "S" key, for example, automatically searches the phone for items that start with "S" in any given application. So, from the home screen, if you press "S", the Veer sorts out all the applications and menu items that start with "S". Same goes for any other letter in the alphabet. This is a stock shortcut. User-defined shortcuts generally require the use of the alt+X to initiate.

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