Those maniacal bastards at Helio finally launched that smartphone we told you about a few weeks back. The Ocean's most remarkable feature is its double-slider: it's like a triple decker of LCD, QWERTY, and Dialpad. That also makes it kind of not-skinny at 0.86 inches, around the thickness of last year's Hiptop 3.
But I'm willing to overlook that because of the extremely useful OS upgrades and software they've included:
Update: Added more pictures.
There's an integrated IM/TXT/SMS/email interface that supports all the majors, including pop/IMAP/Exchange ActiveSync. Then they've taken their shitty browser and turned it into a full HTML browser with a mini map to it that gives a zoomed-out perspective of the entire webpage. No word on Flash compatibility, but I'm not holding my breath. Then there's the search bar that with one text field will bring back Yahoo, Google, Wikipedia, and local search results. Then there's Helio's Music service, GPS features, Playsforsure, and UP, which is a photo upload service that works with the 2.0MP cam. And the UI works in landscape and portrait. I hope the phone runs java apps, but it's likely it won't. $295, and it's all yours.
Ocean Specifications Form Factor - Dual Slider - alphanumeric keypad + full QWERTY keyboard Color - Black Dimensions - 4.33" x 2.20" x .86" Weight - 5.61 oz Display - 2.4 inch QVGA display, 240 x 320, 260K colors 3G Speed - EV-DO network support for fast multimedia downloads Talk Time - Up to 5.1 hours Memory - 200MB internal memory expandable via microSD™ with USB Mass Storage Mode Camera - 2.0 Megapixel, digital zoom, built-in flash Video Camera - MPEG-4 video recording Audio - Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology Personal Entertainment Center - Supports: MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD, MOD Additional Features - POP/IMAP Email Support Supports Helio Music GPS-enabled services and applications Photo caller ID,
Ocean Comes With
Battery + Charger
2.5 to 3.5mm Headset Adapter
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Bluetooth® Stereo headset