HP TouchPad Demo Video From Digital Experience

Our old friend Jimmie Geddes was at Digital Experience last night and managed to get a video demo of the HP TouchPad.

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HP Veer 4G Hands On Video, Unboxing

Here’s a first look at the HP Veer 4G, coming to AT&T on May 15th at a price of $99.99 (with a 2-year agreement). Our first impressions are as you’d expect, the Veer is surprisingly small. The keyboard is reminiscent of the Palm Pre Plus keyboard, but improved. It is smaller than the Pre keyboard, with the keys roughly the size of those found on the Pixi Plus. The magnetic latch is a welcome addition. No more USB doors to fiddle with and the latch attaches with ease. The back of the HP Veer is a hard plastic, slightly different from the Touchstone backing on the Pre.

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We haven’t spent much time yet with the Veer, but build quality appears to be pretty solid throughout. The sliding mechanism is very smooth and quiet. The HP Veer is the antithesis of today’s smartphones. In a crowded field of large screen devices, the HP Veer dares to move in the opposite direction, with it’s impossibly small stature. Thanks to it’s small size and support for lanyards, it could have wide appeal to those looking for wearable tech or those looking to avoid the bulk found in other larger phones. It’s not a word I use often, but the Veer is “cute”. I can say with certainty that we won’t see Veer commercials with F16’s bombing corn fields.

Stay tuned for our review in the coming week.

Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Hands On

The bulk of my afternoon was spent getting some hands-on time with both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus for Verizon Wireless. Both look very similar to their Sprint counterparts. The Palm Pre Plus no longer has the trackball looking home button, replaced with a larger gesture area. This makes the device look cleaner, since it’s virtually flat across the entire front surface. We tested a few of the sliders and they felt improved. The keyboard is the most improved part of the Palm Pre Plus. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s a cross between the existing Palm Pre keyboard and the super-tactile Palm Pixi keyboard. Gone are the orange hues, replaced with gray.  The Palm Pre Plus has the same processor, memory and internals as the existing Palm Pre, save for the added memory. The Palm Pre Plus offers 16GB of storage compared to the 8GB Palm Pre.


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The Palm Pixi Plus gets the added benefit of WiFi. Outside of the new neon backplates, no big changes for the sibling of the Pre Plus.


Software releases will dictate which model you select. The Palm Pre Plus (and Palm Pre) support all the new 3D games. All webOS devices will support Flash and offer video recording, editing and sharing with webOS 1.4. Even more impressive is the Verizon-only Hotspot app. While we wait for pricing, it’s great value add to turn your Palm webOS device into a personal MiFi that allows connectivity for up to 5 devices. Our live blog was made possible with the MiFi – an overall great product. New webOS device owners will have the ability to turn their phone into their personal MiFi.


Overall,  the Palm Pre Plus offers some subtle, but nice improvements combined with the added storage. The Palm Pixi Plus adds the much needed WiFi component. A nice package when you consider it will be available on Verizon’s network.

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