Two Smartphones to Watch

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Among the smartphones to watch are the Samsung Galaxy S II which is already selling like hotcakes overseas. Then there’s one of the tiniest smartphones—the webOS-based HP Veer, which goes on sale through AT&T May 15.

Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung’s Galaxy S II sold 120,000 units in its first 3-days on the shelves in South Korea, which bodes well for the U.S. launch later this year. Engadget declared it the best Android phone period, as of two weeks ago.

It’s one of the thinnest dual core phones—about 1/3rd inch thick—with a dazzling screen that is better than that of the iPhone 4, said Engadget. The successor to the popular Galaxy S, it is claims to be faster and lighter than the original. The screen is updated to Super AMOLED Plus with more pixels, at a roomy 4.3 inches. The device has an 8MP front facing camera and 2 MP rear facing camera and runs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). For more specs see here.

HP VeerHP’s Veer is a 4G phone that measures only 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide—like a mini deck of cards– to easily fit in a pocket. It’s HP’s first phone since acquiring Palm. For $100 on contract you get a one-handed slider with Chiclet style keys. It provides a hot spot for up to 5 devices. The touch screen measures 2.6-inches and the webOS allows lots of multi-tasking. HP seems to have solved the battery problem that plagued some of Palm’s earlier devices. The Wall Street Journal gave the Veer a favorable review, while PC World gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

The Veer uses a 800MHz Qualcomm processor and has a 5MP camera.

Source: Engadget, The Wall Street Journal, PC World, Samsung

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