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Review: HP Veer 4G

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On the messaging front, the Veer covers all the bases. Email, SMS, MMS, and IM are all present and accounted for. SMS, MMS and IM are bundled into one, tidy package, but email is handled separately.

First, email. As with most modern phones, all you need to do is enter the username and password of whatever email account(s) you want on the phone. The Veer takes care of the rest. It asks you if you want to import the contacts from each particular account, and you can decline if you wish.

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Email can be configured to arrive instantly, or every 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 minutes or every 6 hours. You can also choose how much email is stored on the Veer at any one time (1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 2 weeks, 1 month, or all of it).

The Veer will display HTML email. When you view each email, you can scroll to the previous or next email by pressing some dedicated arrows. Using the options button, you can mark items as read/unread, flag them, move them to other folders, as well as access the cut/copy/paste functions. The Veer plays nice with Microsoft Exchange, as ActiveSync is on board.

There are two basic tabs in the messaging app: one for "Conversations" and another for "Buddies". The Conversations side is all the SMS/MMS and the Buddies is for IM. SMS and MMS are threaded nicely together. It is easy to read and sort through your conversations.

You can have multiple IM clients (AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo) running at a time in the Buddies panel, and the Veer's ability to manage them all simultaneously is impressive. The IM client lets you see which of your buddies are online, and you can easily open the contacts app and find your friends' IM screen names and start up a new chat.

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