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Helio Ocean

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and usability are on the whole positive. The value for money and GPS navigation are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the features and battery, and there are some mixed reviews about the size.

design, GPS navigation, value for money, usability, screen

portability, camera, responsiveness, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Helio Ocean is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Helio Ocean

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Helio Ocean from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

sound, screen, value for money, responsiveness, camera

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: HELIO OCEAN

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Helio Ocean 2

 

When the Helio Ocean was released two years ago, it marked the coming-of-age of the young MVNO upstart that was Helio. It was the carrier's first smartphone-like device, and it was also Pantech's first attempt at a dual-slider handset (Pantech would go...

The Helio Ocean 2 has a spacious QWERTY keyboard and number keypad and an innovative optical sensor touch pad that allows for easier navigation. It has plenty of features like EV-DO, GPS, a full HTML browser with tabbed browsing, Microsoft Exchange...

The Helio Ocean 2 is bulky, plus it lacks external music keys, an LED flash for the camera, and a self-portrait mirror. The microSD card slot is inconveniently located behind the battery

If you can get over its size, the Helio Ocean 2 is a great feature-rich handheld with enough Web-friendly goodies to please both tech-savvy hipsters and mobile professionals.

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Helio Ocean 2 Review

 

The original Helio Ocean burst onto the scene nearly two years ago, impressing with its dual slide design, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and well-integrated messaging app challenging phones on both sides of the feature / smart phone line. 2009 finds the Ocean 2...

Dual slider design is thinner this time around ; Slick, minimally-intrusive notifications ; Music player works in the background of all apps

Little / no third party software support ; Touchpad isn't very responsive ; SD card inconveniently located under the battery

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Helio Helio Ocean

 

The Helio Ocean is a stylish, feature-packed phone. Its innovative dual-slider design allows for both a standard phone keypad and a full keyboard. Though it lacks Wi-Fi, it offers fast EvDO data access, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, and a great do-it-all...

Innovative dual-slider design ; Excellent messaging software

Sometimes lackluster call quality ; Small selection of non-game apps

With an innovative design and great features, the Ocean would be a favorite if it had better call quality.

Editor's Choice!

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Helio Ocean

 

This powerful and easy-to-use messaging phone crams a tidal wave of features into a groundbreaking dual-slider design.

Slick dual-slider design ; Integrated Inbox with contact presence ; Convenient Direct Search feature ; Good video streaming performance

Limited multitasking abilities ; Lackluster camera ; Browser doesn't automatically load full Web pages

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Helio ocean

 

Excuse us while we duck out the back door. Hired goons are trying to repo our Helio Ocean loaner, and we'd rather deal with shattered kneecaps than give it up.

Out-of-the-box text messaging via AIM, Yahoo!, and MSN. Out-of-the-box e-mail via AOL, Gmail, Windows Live, Yahoo!, and POP/IMAP accounts. Google Maps-powered GPS simple to use, gets you out of tight spots. Hot looks good way to start conversations...

It’s a heavy, bulky brick. No dedicated number keys on the thumb ‘board. No integrated Wi-Fi to augment Sprint's spotty network coverage. Screen virtually unreadable outdoors

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Helio Ocean hands-on review

 

The Helio Ocean is well covered on SlashGear, so everyone should be familiar with its features as well as what it's capable of. In case you need to get up to speed, take a look at this page then you can come back to this article and understand why I'm...

It’s important to note that I got Ocean as a pre-release, before market availability. Helio’s IMS servers are still undergoing preparations for production. This stuff is to be expected and that particular function may not yet be enabled.

Editor's Choice!

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Helio Ocean (Pantech PN-810)

 

The Ocean, Sidekick, and iPhone take a middle path. Helio has covered the Ocean with to features yet to be born hidden away in the menu and promises a steady stream of upgrades and changes—entirely under Helio's control. Third-party apps, meanwhile,...

Dual-slider design for phone and QWERTY keypads. Flexible messaging software. Very good screen and camera

Many features aren't quite here yet, but Helio promises they're coming. Quiet speakerphone

While the T-Mobile Sidekick stood still, Helio moved forward. The wireless service provider's new Ocean handset fits neatly between the juvenile Sidekick and the buttoned-down BlackBerry as an all-around multimedia handheld.

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Helio Ocean 2

 

As for Virgin Mobile, it's a big (five million customers), profitable wireless carrier that uses Sprint's EV-DO network to make calls and surf the Net. Virgin Mobile built up its business with cheap phones and inexpensive prepaid plans, but the Ocean...

Push e-mail. Brings together contacts, IMs, and e-mail messages from multiple accounts. GPS. Plenty of additional features and apps

Very bulky. Default Web browser is slow. Requires a two-year Virgin Mobile contract

The Helio Ocean 2 isn't only a master at messaging, it's a solid voice phone, too. If only it weren't so huge.

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Helio Ocean 2 (Virgin Mobile)

 

Like Palm's highly anticipated phone, Virgin Mobile's Helio Ocean 2 is a master at messaging. But it's the size and shape of a boat.

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Helio Ocean Cell Phone Review

 

The Helio Ocean is a high-end phone focused on giving jet setters more powerful tools to stay in touch with  friends. Although there are similarities to smart phones like the HTC Mogul or the BlackBerry Curve (including a full QWERTY keyboard), the...

Product Specifications

Introducing Helio Ocean, the world's first dual-slider that has it all: a full QWERTY keyboard and a separate numeric keypad, a sleek body and a monster-sized brain. Now you can enjoy tons of killer features, like an integrated messaging dashboard, Helio Music, GPS services, MySpace Mobile and a fast nationwide 3G network that keeps you and your friends connected.

Antenna

Antenna Type:Internal

Battery

Talk Time (PB):306minutes
Technology:Lithium polymer

Calculator

Type:Basic

CE Input Device

Type:QWERTY keyboard

Cellular

Band:CDMA 800/1900
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Slider
Service Provider:Helio
Technology:CDMA/CDMA2000 1X
Type:Cellular phone
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice Recorder: Yes
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in/0.9in
Height:4.3in/4.7in
Weight:5.6oz/6.3oz
Width:2.2in/2.3in

Display

Color Depth:18-bit (262000 Colors)
Diagonal Size:2.4in/2.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm/6.6cm
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD

Header

Manufacturer:Helio
Model:2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Helio Ocean

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes
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