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PHOTOVIEW: HP Veer webOS 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 03.06.11 - 18:48:28 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 13637x
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Announced back in February and recently launched in the U.S., the HP Veer/P160UNA smartphone will hit Europe anytime soon as well. At a size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards, the Veer is the smallest HP webOS phone to date. Running HP's latest webOS 2.1, the Veer is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 800 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well as the typical proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer. The 2.57" multitouch capacitive glass touchscreen features the rather unusual display resolution of 320 x 400 pixel and the fixfocus camera supports 5 megapixel but comes without a supporting LED flash as common today.

Like the Palm Pre-line of webOS smartphones, the Veer features a 4-rows QWERTY keyboard (in this photoview a QWERTZ keyboard because it's the upcoming German HP Veer) but just measures 54.5 x 84.0 x 15.1 mm and weights 103 grams only - including the non-removable 910 mAh Li-Ion battery.

While the keyboard size is pretty narrowed, it's still large enough to write text messages or short E-Mails and the Veer feels pretty nice in the palm, thanks to the high-quality soft-touch plastic and glass combination. Very interesting is the attachable microUSB and 3.5 mm stereo headset jack adapter. Looks like inside the device wasn't enough space anymore and therefore is HP using a magnetic adapter to add these two ports to the device.

The HP Veer is now available in the U.S from AT&T as the HP Veer 4G. In Europe, only O2 Germany has announced a launch anytime in June. However, other European countries are expected to follow soon.

Cheers ~ Arne

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