The HP Veer is the successor to the Palm Pixi, which launched last year, before HP bought Palm. Running HP webOS, it’s a mid-tier smartphone to rival the Samsung Galaxy Ace and HTC Wildfire S and a more affordable alternative to the HP Pre 3.
At the core is the incredibly intuitive HP webOS operating system, which we loved on the Palm Pre. Applications are displayed as cards you flick off the screen to close. Messages combines text messages and picture messages into a single view, while HP Synergy automatically syncs information from multiple accounts, including Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Linked in and Exchange. Common to all HP webOS phones is Just Type: start typing and it will automatically take you to the correct application.
Measuring 84mm in height and 54.5mm wide, the phone is very compact, but does include a slideout QWERTY keyboard for texting and typing. The 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen supports multitouch although it has a rather low resolution of 400×320.
The HP Veer is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 800Mhz processor, which should offer respectable performance speeds, considering most phones in this category include a 600Mhz processor.
Optics on the Palm Veer take the form of a 5-megapixel camera, which can also capture videos and also supports geotagging. Elsewhere there’s on-board Flash support
Unfortunately, there’s no memory card slot, instead you get 8GB internal memory. Elsewhere connectivity includes HSDPA, a-GPS, A2DP and WiFi )b/g/n). The HP Veer also works as a portable WiFi hotspot, for getting up to five other devices online, including the HP TouchPad tablet.