Helio

Unboxing the Helio Fin

Unboxing the Helio Fin

This is my first unboxing for SlashGear, so I went ahead and gave it a go in the video below. Then Vincent, who has had far more experience with this sort of thing, uploaded his, so that will be the video below mine.

The package came via UPS and contained the single sleeved box as usual along with the latest copy of Helio Magazine. The contents were the Helio Fin, the USB cable, the power cable, and the headset. Other than that there was the health and safety manual, the disc which contains the full manual and the quick start guides in PDF format, and then there is the quick start guides and a business card to give your friends.

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SlashGear Review: Helio Fin

SlashGear Review: Helio Fin

So this morning I received in my hot little hands a Helio Fin. Its been well covered on SlashGear, and even more so in our forums. If you want the full list of details you can read the full information here.

The new features this Helio has going for it, though, are what you are likely most interested in and thus what I will cover most. First, there is the 3MP camera that is built in, then there is the thin and sexy clamshell form factor; I have borrowed a pink RAZR for comparison. Other than that there's Helio’s Ultimate Messaging Suite and Ultimate Inbox. The new features on the software side aren't small in comparison either. First there is Helio On Top or H.O.T., then there is HelioUP making it ever easier to geo-tag and instantly upload photos and videos taken with the Helio Fin. Last but not least there is Garmin Mobile, their new turn-by-turn GPS navigation software.

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Social Networking Not As Popular As Expected

Social Networking Not As Popular As Expected

M:Metrics just did a study to see how many people were using their cell phones to view social networking sites. The numbers were admittedly low, but in context I was surprised.

I personally have tried accessing MySpace and YouTube both on a couple of basic phones, and it just don’t work, like someone starting a daycare and don’t like kids. So I would assume that if they did their study and eliminated the phones that were incapable of accessing such sites, and then further eliminated phones that were on networks that were unable to access the sites, the percentages at least would probably come out different.

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Helio Fin – Thin and sexy

Helio Fin – Thin and sexy

Helio has finally taken the wraps off of their latest phone device which is made by Samsung. The Fin is a thin and sleek clamshell phone that packs quite a few high-end features. But will it be enough to make me put down my Ocean?

The Fin is actually Helio's first clamshell phone, and it's definitely a good choice. It is currently the thinnest flip-phone available in the US measuring in at 11mm. The phone comes with a 2.3-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 240 x 320. The camera shoots at 3Megapixels with a 4x zoom, and shoots video in MPEG-4. Stereo Bluetooth is also supported.

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Samsung SCH-U700, SPH-A513; Verizon Gleam, Helio Fin

Samsung SCH-U700, SPH-A513; Verizon Gleam, Helio Fin

I have no clue how someone else got these images before us, but it happened (happens?). Regardless, this photo is supposedly of Verizon’s new Gleam a.k.a. the SCH-A513, and then the one that I am most excited about, the Helio Fin a.k.a. the SPH-513.

The Helio phone has been known about for a while, no full feature list and no photos up until now, but when accessories vendors and Samsung’s site itself listed the phone as a Helio phone, the gig was kind of up. The only specs that we kind of new about the phone (I know, don’t call us a phone company; don’t call it a phone) was that it had a 3.0MP camera, it was to be a clamshell, and so far its name is the “Fin”.

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Helio Ocean hacked to include Opera Mini

Helio Ocean hacked to include Opera Mini

I'm a person that loves choices, especially when it comes to my web browser. Even back when I was younger I was a Netscape kid, then again I was a Mac kid too. Nowadays I use Firefox, and I've got no complaints. I know that many people are starting to turn to Opera, so much so that the guys over at Heliocity have hacked the Ocean to support their favorite browser.

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Helio Releases New MySpace for Ocean Users

Helio Releases New MySpace for Ocean Users

Have you noticed that if you try to get on MySpace by using its URL to view the website outside of 'Myspace on Helio' you simply can't? I mean sure, one of Helio's biggest boasts is their access to Helio that - until recently - no one else had. Although I like this feature it just seemed so plain. It worked fine; other than viewing pictures according to caption names it wasn't bad at all. You could always find other users, view friends, post comments, message, and all of the other wonderful things you can do on MySpace. One thing is for sure though, I just wanted something different, which is why a part of me was happy to get the Helio Ocean because I could view MySpace whichever way I chose. Wrong!

 

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