By Brandon Miniman | May 31, 2011 11:48 AM
After unboxing the diminutive WebOS-powered HP Veer 4G for AT&T, we wanted to spend more time taking a closer look at its hardware. In terms of specs, the Veer 4G bumps all specs when compared to the Pixi and Pixi Plus: you get an 800MHz Scropion CPU with 512MB of RAM, plus 8GB ROM for storage. The screen is a mere 2.6″ and 400×320 resolution. Weighing in at 103 grams, the Veer 4G is also one of the lightest smartphones out there right now. It’s available now on AT&T for $50 in white or black.
Beyond specs, build quality is high. The keys of the keyboard are clicky and responsive, albeit very small. The spring action of the keyboard seems sturdy. The back is covered with a soft-touch plastic. You’ll also find a switch to put the device into silent mode, which is a feature that we’ve seen on even early Palm smartphones.
HP had to make a big sacrafice in the name of size: the Veer 4G has no 3.5mm headphone jack or microUSB port. You have to use a special magnetic adapter to get each, which means that you can’t charge and listen to audio at the same time.
A word of caution: do not try to open the back battery cover. The Veer 4G is not meant to have a user-replaceable battery. The SIM card slot can be found on the top of the device next to the power button.