Got your new HP Veer 4G? Here's what you'll need next:
If you've already jumped ahead and gotten a new HP Veer 4G from AT&T, you're probably wondering what you need to get next to accompany your tiny webOS device and show of some of its muscle. We've looked far and wide for apps, accessories, tips and more, and compiled the list here for your ease of browsing. Whether you are new to the world of webOS devicesm or you're a veteran, be sure to jump after the break to see what you need to make your Veer experience the best it can be.
Veer 4G Accessories
If you were to check out the HP Veer website you would find a very small collection of three accesories at the bottom of the page. And while it's true that there are still only a few extras available, those three listed from HP only tell part of the story.
When the original Palm Pre was first announced in January of 2009, it brought with it the insanely cool concept of Inductive charging with the Touchstone Dock Charger. These allow you to charge your device without having to plug in a clunky cable (and a very unique one, in the Veer's case) simply by setting the device down on the dock. As the HP Veer comes with a Touchstone compatible back and webOS 2.1 Exhibition Mode, the Touchstone charger is one of the first accessories we recommend to anyone getting a webOS device.
If you're one to stream music on your Veer while driving (as we are often prone to do), then getting a vehicle charger is a necessity. The Veer can squeeze more life out of its battery than previous models of webOS devices did, but it is still a smartphone and that battery isn't infinite. While the charging cable that comes with the adaptor won't be usable on your Veer (you'll need use your Veer-specific USB cable for that), you could keep it on hand anyway to use with a Touchstone dock, or even keep it for other devices that might use Micro-USB charging cables. The battery on the Veer isn't removable, so it's more important than ever to keep a charging cable handy.
Speaking of driving, if you are a driver you've probably found that it is much easier to keep your focus on the road when you don't have to keep one hand up to your ear. Even though the Veer is a tiny device doesn't mean that it won't have Bluetooth baked right in. It's fully compliant with Bleutooth standards, which means any number of headsets will work with the Veer, including the the Blueant V1x, Jawbone Icon, and Jabra Stone2.
If you are just looking for a headset to listen to the 8 GB of stored music on your Veer, or if you're streaming music/videos and playing PDK games, you can certainly grab another pair of the stock Stereo headphones that come with the Veer. Or you can get the headphones that we recommend; the RF3 ENVi Natural Wood Earbuds. Don't forget, though, you're listening to audio on a smartphone. No matter how much HP might have improved the quality of the audio on the Veer, it's not equivalent to what the professionals use. These headphones are great for the price, and have very good quality when plugged into a smartphone. It's also (sadly) likely that many of us will lose our little audio adaptors that are required for the Veer, so keep the store link handy to go back in and buy that spare adaptor whenever you might need one.
Apps for your Veer
Because the HP Veer was built with the same size, resolution and operating system as the Pixi, nearly all apps available for that smaller screen will also be available for the Veer... plus more. Here are a few of our favorite Mojo apps that run great on the Veer-sized screen, plus a few of the advanced PDK apps and games that the Veer is able to handle like a pro. Since the Veer also runs webOS 2.1 from launch, you also have full access to apps that won't currently work on the Pixi.
At the top of the list, since these guys do a heck of a job helping us love our devices, is the WebOS Internals Homebrew App called Preware. As it pulls in data from unofficial app feeds like themes, patches and homebrew apps, you won't find Preware in the App Catalog. Instead, grab it from install.preware.org and follow the simple steps to get it on your device. Once that's done, you'll have full access to your device to help deck it out with all of the latest software. Not sure what homebrew is? Read our explanation here or grab the Preware Homebrew Documentation App from the catalog, and then dive on in.
Music Player (Remix)
What was once one of the most popular Homebrew apps available is now fully-functional and (only) available in the webOS 2.x app catalog, and works great on the Veer. Music Player (Remix) by Hedami takes the default media player on your device and flips it on its head, bringing with it a ton of features, a very beautiful user-interface, and generally just a really neat way of listening to your music. It's $3.99 in the catalog, but well worth the price.
If you like to keep up with your favorite blogs or news sites, it is almost a necessity to grab Newsroom. This app looks great, is easy to use, and will keep you up to date with any RSS feeds that you put on the list. Of course, if you're looking for something that syncs with your Google Reader account, as Newsroom does not, you'll want to check out some alternatives like Google Reader client Feeder or others.
One of the activities that we love to do here on PreCentral is join in a regularly podcast of webOS tech-talk. It's called PalmCast Live, maybe you've heard of it? And one of the ways that you can listen to us each week, when you can't join us live, is through a podcast app like PodSnatcher. Of the apps that are available, PodSnatcher is one of the prettiest, and it works great.
While we wait for Touch-to-share to come to the Veer and TouchPad later this year, we still have a very cool app called Neato! that will allow us to accomplish a similar feat. Simply tap a link in your computer's web browser to send that link, app, map, video or whatever it may be you're looking at immediately to your Veer. You can also setup the app to work the other way as well, and send those links or notes back down the line to your computer. This is a great app with simple functionality that does a whole lot to keep your going through the day.
We would be remiss if we didn't mention that a major player in the consumer world, WhitePages, has released their new application to accompany the launch of the HP Veer on AT&T. The app, built by a fan-favorite developer James Harris, brings in various webOS 2.x features like JustType, and even hooks into homebrew with a neat little patch. This app is a must-have for any webOS user, let-alone those using the device the app was built for.
It may not be an app per-se, but it's definitely an important piece of software to have handy. The webOS Doctor for the AT&T Veer 4G is available for downloading and installing, and it's definitely free. Why do you need the webOS Doctor? Well, if your device is ever running abnormally slow, or you install some patches or other homebrew software that causes you some annoyances, the webOS Doctor will restore your device's operating system to its former glory with just a few very simple steps.
As we've said time-and-again, the webOS Community is one of the best in the tech world (and we have the research to back that claim up). At PreCentral, we're gearing ourselves up for a lot of fun with those fans who choose to buy a Veer, so check out these pages to make sure you stay up to date with the latest tips and discussions about your device in the future.
Tips and Tricks
While these won't always be Veer-specific, our daily-tips are always good to read through when you have a few minutes. They're short and sweet and to the point (we don't want to waste any of your time), and they help a lot of people, even veterans, remember some of the power-user features of their devices. The HP Veer is definitely in our lineup to cover as we keep giving you updates.
From the Forums
It's been available for those waiting on the Veer's arrival for quite some time, but that hasn't kept the HP Veer discussion forums from bursting with life over the last several weeks. Head into those threads to chat about the Veer, get help your problems you might be having or read the latest community Veer news (anddo it on your device with the Forums app). The community that powers these discussions is one-of-a-kind and always very helpful. Just don't forget that there are other boards to check out for other topics as well. You can also see some of the more interesting threads posted regularly in our column, From the Forums.
Questions and Answers
When you can't find your answers in the forums or on social networks (like Twitter, Facebook or our little group on Quora), you should always feel welcome to ask. Lots of people, even our own Derek Kessler with his recent article, are up for any challenge that comes with the questions that are sent in to us. In fact, if you're still wondering what else you need to get to go with your new HP Veer, check the comments from our community below or leave your own. There's plenty of discussion down there to go around for everyone.