The Helio Ocean
March 27, 2007 9:23am CST
Helio has out done itself again; the Helio Ocean has been added atop Helio's already impressive stable of featuredphones. Most striking, of course, is the dual-slide design with QWERTY in one direction and numeric in the other. Other unique goodies include a contact list with integrated "presence detection" showing contacts' statuses on a variety of instant messaging services, Exchange Server and ActiveSync integration for the suits out there, geo-tagged photo uploads with Helio UP, multi-client communications app for Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Gmail, and email, and a click-free web search mechanism. The Ocean also has built-in Google Maps (as did the Heat and Drift), will rock out to PlaysForSure tunes for a claimed 15 hours, offer 200MB of internal storage with mircoSD expansion, USB storage mode, a megapixel cam, and stereo Bluetooth support. Look for it to start showing up on shelves before summer sets in for $295.
• United States
23 Aug 07
My husband and I are trying the ocean right now. we live in the boonies and we were told we would have full access to all the features. that is why i dropped my contract w/ sprint after 5 years because i could not get service out here. we are only 15 min. from a major suburban city, but, none the less we are not getting full coverage. Here is what we have found so far. The phone itself is very nice. the camera is not that great if the subject is moving. it does have a flash though. video camera - same thing. the phone is not super user friendly, but then again, novice phone users are prob. not going to be buying this. it was very difficult to figure out how to download an app like myspace mobile or opera mini. still haven't figured out opera after 24 hours. we keep losing the 1x signal which makes it very frustrating. the phone only comes w/ three game samples that run for 60 seconds. then you have to either buy it or restart your 60 seconds. the phone quality on roaming is fine. don't know yet if there is a roaming charge. i heard there is a signal booster that they sell for over 200 bucks. hmph... we'll give it a few more days. if we can't enjoy it fully, we're ready to return it and use the full happiness guarantee. hope it gets better because we do like it and all the possible features.