HP Veer Smartphone

HP Veer Smartphone Price in the Philippines, Features and Specs: With smartphones nowadays following the trend of bigger is better, HP decided to forego the cliché that size does matter and instead went on the opposite direction. Veering away from the norm, HP released the HP Veer to prove manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung among others that height does not necessarily equate to might after all.
Will the HP Veer perform as advertised? Or will it get trampled on by the big boys of the smartphone world? Does its diminutive size prove to be more of a liability than an asset? Read on for the full details of the HP Veer.
Design and construction

By all accounts, the HP Veer is very petite with its measurement of 3.31 x 2.15 x 0.59 inches. In fact, due to its small and slim form factor, HP claims that the Veer is smaller than a credit card and slimmer than a deck of cards.
With its supercompact design, the Veer can sit comfortably in your hand and its diminutiveness makes it very easy to slip onto your jeans’ front pocket or inside a purse for safekeeping.

Under the hood

The Veer is powered by a second generation Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM7230 clocked at 800 MHZ. Working in conjunction with the SnapDragon processor to keep things running smoothly is the Veer’s 512MB of Mobile DDR RAM and all graphic matters are covered by its Adreno 205 GPU.
The Veer has an onboard memory of 8GB but there is no expansion option so you have to make do with what it’s got in terms of storage.
The display

The Veer packs a measly 2.6-inch TFT touchscreen with a 320 x 400 resolution. Despite the size of the screen of the Veer, it is surprisingly very clear. The details are very sharp and colors are vivid and bright.
The problem with the screen though is its limited real estate. Not only is It very hard to view things, interacting with the stuff on the screen is also very difficult. Web sites and maps are the first ones out the window because of the screen size.
The shooter

The Veer only has one shooter: a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a flash so shooting in low-light conditions is not really recommended.
Thankfully, the shooter is able to do a pretty decent job of capturing stills. Image quality is very sharp and colors came out bright even on stills captured indoors.
The shooter also doubles as a video recorder but has no 720p HD recording capabilities and is only capable of shooting 640 x 480 video clips. Video capture failed to impress and video clips came out with lots of distortion.
webOS and performance

The Veer has webOS 2.1.2 for its operating system. This version of webOS already includes Synergy, a contact, email and calendar management system. With the use of Synergy, a user can sync contacts from different accounts like Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and Google. Since the opening of this version of synergy to third-party developers, accounts from YouTube, Skype and Photobucket can also now be synced.
webOS 2.1.2 also has a couple of enhancements like Stacks and Just Type. Stacks is a feature of the Veer that takes advantage of the multitasking capabilities of the device and groups similar tasks together in a deck-of-cards kind of view.
Just Type on the other hand works like a Search Function and lets you type from anywhere on the phone and searches through the Contacts, email, Google Maps, Wikipedia and the like. You can also use it to type a short note or a status update to post to Facebook using the integrated Quick-Action function.
All in all, the performance of the Veer is surprising. The user interface is very seamless except for minimal lags and stutters. It has been said that the Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM of the Veer is already overkill but it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Battery life

The Veer packs a 910 mAh Li-Ion battery that HP claims to provide enough juice for 5 hours of talk time and 12.5 hours of standby time. Realistically speaking though, the battery pack can provide a full day’s use on a single charge before its juice gets fully squeezed out.
The bottom line

With the release of the Veer, HP decided to get a piece of the action from the portion of the market that wants a smartphone with a compact form factor. The HP Veer is the only obvious choice here especially that its price tag is not that hefty.
However, the Veer got shrunk too much which kind of affects to a certain extent its appeal and usability. If you still can live with that fact, then the HP Veer is your best bet.
HP Veer Smartphone Price in the Philippines: TBA (To Be Announced)
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