Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

I like the Heat's design. It's smaller than the Drift slider, but still packs the Buddy Beacon goodness, and soon, a nice Digg UI.

However, there is a trade-off. (Isn't there always?)

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Helio Heat Gallery and Grope: Smallest Ever, Yet Fully Functional...Sorta

Compared to its bigger brother it does give up a bit in the control and spec department. First of all, it has a 2.0MP camera for the 1.3MP setup. One gripe: The electrostatic buttons aren't much better than the ones on the LG chocolate phone (which I hated ). And I still have issues with the browser, which is a piece of total trash compared to the Opera Mini browser. It crashes browsing Youtube, never mind the inability to play those videos. That would be a rare ability, but I expect that kind of feature from Helio, with its 3G connection and forward thinking attitude. Come on, Sky Dayton — Open up the phones for Java support, and get us a flash player! Most geek care about openness as much as MySpace T&A.

A recommendation? I'd choose this over the Drift. Size matters.

Helio [Gizmodo]