Has it really been a year?
HP's tiniest webOS phone was released with mixed fanfare May 15, 2011 on the AT&T network for $99 and a 2-year contract. You could get it in black or penguin (black/white).
Of course the rest is history. The Veer was to be the prelude to the highly anticipated TouchPad and the flagship webOS device, the Pre3.
After all the dust settled (and my Pre2 bit the dust), I picked up an off-contract Veer for a hundred bucks and connected it to my prepaid account. I loved the speed and familiar webOS interface. The keyboard was even wonderful to type on. However, say what you will, I simply could not live with a screen that small. It was great to slide in your pocket and go, but torturous to actually use and read. In addition, the Veer suffered from some little tedius glitches and I moved on to another device within a few months.
Now, in all fairness, some folks love the small screen and still find it to be a great device. As for me, I'll keep it around for my daughter when she gets to Middle School, where I think it will serve her better.
The release of the HP Veer was a case study in dysfunctional advertising campaigns. We posted an article on May 12, 2011 noting the "Deafening Silence" coming from HP just days before the release. And, on top of that, HP could never identify the target audience or deliver a clear reason "why" to purchase the device.
In hindsight, behind some closed door of HP, webOS was probably already being shut down.
So Happy Birthday, Veer!