Review: HP Veer 4G
The Veer's teensy display measures just 2.6-inches across the diagonal and has 320 x 400 pixels. For its size, the resolution is good enough. Everything on the display looks clean and sharp, and seeing individual pixels is difficult. The brightness, as with previous HP handsets, is severely lacking, though. There's a constant gray pall that also seems to besmirch HP's displays. Whites never seem fully white. It works well enough indoors, but outside it is completely useless.
The Veer — officially called the Veer 4G by AT&T — connected to AT&T's HSPA+ network pretty well. In signal tests, it generally showed a bar less than other AT&T handsets in any given area, but this didn't impact performance. I didn't miss any calls with the Veer, not did it drop any. Data speeds were on par with other AT&T handsets, though they were never speedy.
Phone calls were far from spectacular. The earpiece generated plenty of volume, though at full blast it becomes heavily distorted. There was a constant hiss in the background during calls, and quite often those with whom I spoke sounded scratchy. Ringtones and alert tones were reasonably loud, though I'd have preferred if they were a bit louder. The vibrate alert is definitely not strong enough. The speakerphone is plenty loud, though it offers the same crummy call quality that the earpiece does.
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Being such a small phone, the Veer has a small battery at 910 mAh. During my testing, the Veer easily managed to get through a full day's use. HP has worked some power management mojo into webOS, which seems to be less power hungry than when it first launched. However, the Veer won't quite make it through two days on a single charge, so you're going to have to charge pretty much every night.
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