Helio has just launched the Mysto, a super slim slider that's basically the CDMA version of the Samsung SGH-U600. However, it has a few more things going for it than the U600. For one thing, it has built-in GPS, which lets you use GPS-enabled applications like Google Maps and Helio's own Buddy Beacon that lets your friends locate you and vice versa. Helio also partnered up with Microsoft's Tellme, a local GPS-based search application that will look up directions simply by voice recognition. If you prefer turn-by-turn voice navigation instead, Garmin Mobile is available, too. Another handy … Read more
To use the worst of bad plays on words, YouTube has thrown itself into the Ocean: Youth-oriented mobile carrier Helio announced Wednesday that it has souped up the YouTube video offerings for its Ocean handset.
Owners of the double-keyboard smartphone are now able to upload videos to the Google-owned service more easily, fill in various criteria for them (privacy settings, tags, descriptions, categories) and "geotag" them thanks to the handset's GPS capability. Additionally, the Ocean YouTube application facilitates access to some of the social-networking features previously unavailable to most mobile versions of YouTube--rating, commenting, and access to … Read more
There's much to love about the Helio Ocean smartphone, as evidenced by CNET's 8.0 rating. Of course, the $299 price tag always seemed a little rich for my cheapskate blood. That's why I'm geeked about Helio's new "refreshed" (a.k.a. pre-owned) Oceans, which you can score for just $99. You even get free 2-day shipping.
Helio says these refurbs are "good as new," though I'm troubled by the lack of specifics and warranty details on the company's Refreshed Devices page. Still, it's probably worth a little … Read more
Internet service provider EarthLink said Tuesday that it would lay off approximately 900 employees as the company restructures in an attempt to boost its sagging stock price.
EarthLink will lose about half its staff in the restructuring as it shuts down operations in Orlando, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Harrisburg, Pa., and San Francisco. It will also substantially reduce its presence in Pasadena, Calif., and Atlanta, the company said in a press release Tuesday.
The reductions are expected to cost the company $60 million to $70 million. But it will save EarthLink $25 million to $35 million through the remainder of 2007, … Read more
Helio calls its new Fin phone the thinnest flip phone in the U.S., and at 0.45-inch, it's true. It's also Helio's first clamshell, with a wide and long rectangular shape plus a tiny OLED external display. The Fin's design leaves me somewhat cold, with its staid-looking appearance and obscenely flat keypad (seriously, it feels almost completely flat), and is just a tad too skinny for my liking. However, we do like the large internal display, and performance was great. Also, the Fin has an impressive set of features--a 3.0-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, EV-DO … Read more
Helio has just come out with what it's calling the thinnest flip phone in the U.S. Dubbed the Fin, it's a Samsung device that has a thickness of only 0.45-inch, which is even thinner than the Razr. The Fin is quite the supermodel phone, with a blue-black magnesium shell coupled with an understated yet simple design. From the looks of it, it appears to be an improved version of the Samsung D830, which is a GSM phone currently only available in Europe and Asia.
While the D830 has a 2-megapixel camera and 80MB of memory, the … Read more
When it comes to surfing the Web, Opera has always been ready to make a splash. The browser with the small-but-loyal user base (less than 2 percent of total market share) is all about networking, creating a zippy browser for the desktop and laptop, cell phone, USB or external drive, and devices like portable media players and the Nintendo Wii. It's no surprise that Opera would be first in line to surf Helio's compact line of custom mobile phones.
When we first reviewed the Helio Ocean a couple months ago, we thought the killer application would be its support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which was unfortunately unavailable at the time. The Exchange integration would work well to bridge the gap between the young hipster types that are Helio's core audience and mobile professionals. Well, today's the day, because that Exchange application is now here. As was reported by Engadget, the Ocean is finally getting the Exchange ActiveSync support, including an improved version of Helio's file viewer that supports Microsoft Office documents. It's not free, though: … Read more
While visiting family in Palo Alto last weekend, I came upon a Helio store on the city's main shopping street, University Avenue. I knew the youth-centric MVNO carrier opened four stores in California and Colorado, but this was my first chance to visit one of the locations. I couldn't snap pictures inside, but like the carrier's corporate image, the store's interior was flashy, slick, and comfortable. There were lounge chairs, the staff was quite attentive, and the phones were featured in interactive display cases. My 6-year-old nephew was decidedly unimpressed until I showed him the dual-sliding … Read more
Ever have someone tell a joke and everyone but you laughs uproariously?
That's how I feel about the Helio Ocean. Seems like every reviewer in the U.S. has tripped over themselves with praise. Me? I don't get it. The top row of the keyboard is difficult and uncomfortable to use, and the learning curve for the Ocean's unique interface is only worth the trouble if you're determined to have it as your only device.
If you're a gadget addict like me, you carry a bag for all of your toys. So a big klutzy … Read more