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Teen talk: Should HP have even bothered with the Veer?

HP's first smartphone after acquiring Palm is the HP Veer and there don't appear to be many who like the Zoolander-sized phone. It's similar to the previous Palm Pre devices, just smaller and less powerful. My 15-year old daughter took it for a spin for a week since I thought someone with smaller hands and less mobile needs might find it enjoyable.
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HP's first smartphone after acquiring Palm is the HP Veer and there don't appear to be many who like the Zoolander-sized phone. It's similar to the previous Palm Pre devices, just smaller and less powerful. My 15-year old daughter took it for a spin for a week since I thought someone with smaller hands and less mobile needs might find it enjoyable.

Check out my ZDNet Smartphones and Cell Phones blog post for more thoughts on using the HP Veer.

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The HP Veer is sold by AT&T and comes in an orange and white box.

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The HP Veer is a very small device and fits into the palm of my hand.

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The HP Veer comes in with a USB cable and A/C charger adapter. There is also a small adapter for a headphone jack since there is none included in the design of the Veer.

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The end of the charging cable is magnetic and reminds me of the mag-safe adapter on my MacBook Pro. The magnet snaps to the right side of the Veer.

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The charging/USB cable and headphone adapter jack fit here on the right side of the Veer.

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Here you can see the headset adapter connected to the magnetic port.

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There are several things found on the top of the HP Veer, including the on/off button, ringer switch, SIM card slot, lanyard opening, and camera.

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The volume rocker is found on the left side of the HP Veer.

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There is a 5 megapixel camera and speaker on the back of the HP Veer, along with HP and AT&T labeling.

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Even with the keyboard extended, the HP Veer is a small device.

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HP Veer next to Dell Venue Pro with both keyboards revealed. The Veer is much smaller than the Dell, as you can see.

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Here you can see the Veer sandwiched between an HTC ThunderBolt and a Dell Venue Pro to give you a feel for the size of the device.

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The Veer is even tiny when compared to the smallest smartphone I have in my collection, the HTC Touch Diamond.

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Here you can see the Veer stacked on top of the Touch Diamond. It is not that thick, especially when you consider it has a hardware keyboard.

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HP Veer image gallery 1

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HP Veer image gallery 2

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