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HP Veer 4G (photos)

The HP Veer 4G is the cutest phone we've ever seen, but it's also flawed in a number of ways. Check out our photos here.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.
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HP Veer 4G

The smallest of the WebOS devices announced back in February, the HP Veer 4G hits AT&T stores on May 15 at a price of $99.99 with a two-year contract.
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Adorable but flawed

The Veer 4G is one of the cutest phones we've ever seen, but its small size does more harm than good. The 2.6-inch display makes it difficult not only to view Web pages and maps, but even to perform simple tasks like reading e-mails and using the onscreen dialer to make a call.
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Keyboard

The Veer's slide-out QWERTY keyboard takes some getting used to due to the smaller buttons and cramped layout, but with some practice you can learn to deal with it.
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Magnetic connector

The Veer is so small that HP couldn't fit a headphone jack or Micro-USB port into it, so instead you get a magnetic connector on the side where you can connect a headset adapter (shown here) and the charging cable. We found this didn't work well, since the adapter juts out from the side, making it vulnerable to being ripped off, and it's also so small that we're afraid that it will get lost at some point. The proprietary connector also means you can't use a Micro-USB cable to charge your device.
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Left side

The left side of the phone features a volume rocker.
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Camera

The HP Veer 4G is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, but it lacks a flash and editing tools.
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Picture quality

Despite the lack of editing options and flash, we were impressed with the picture quality. Images came out sharp and with bright colors. The camera did have trouble with nighttime shots and video quality was quite murky.

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