HP Veer hands-on | webOS Nation

HP Veer hands-on

by Derek Kessler Wed, 09 Feb 2011 6:10 pm EST

Ready for the smallest smartphone ever? We don't think you really are, but here it is. This little webOS 2.1 phone is the first of the new devices due, set for a spring 2011 release. It's purely a GSM/HSDPA phone for now (no CDMA announced), packing a little 2.6-inch 320x400 screen. And unlike its tiny predecessor, the Palm Pixi, the HP Veer is a slider phone, resulting in a positively minuscule closed size. It reminds us of the Microsoft Kin One, a bit... in a good way we swear.

Around back you'll find a 5 MP camera with the extended depth-of-field tech we've come to know in the current crop of webOS devices, along with video capture. There is not an LED flash, but then again, the Veer also doesn't have the communication coil of the Pre 3, meaning you won't be able to touch-to-share with the TouchPad as you might want. Sorry.

The Veer does have a 910 mAh user non-replaceable battery, though HP claims that the 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 Snapdragon processor is more power efficient than than the old TI OMAP processors, so the Veer should have battery life similar to the Palm Pre Plus. To charge up that little battery, the Veer connects exclusively via a tiny magnetic connector adapter that mates up to micro-USB. That same magnetic connector also hooks up to an adapter to a 3.5mm headphone jack. No, the Veer has neither a micro-USB port or a headphone jack. Palm claims that such was a compromise to make the Veer so small, and given the thin profile of the two sliding halves, we can see where they're coming from, though we're still divided as to whether or not that's a good idea. At least it has mobile hotspot. Our hands-on gallery with the Veer is after the break.