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Make your own Helio Ocean ringtones

Make your own Helio Ocean ringtones

Never underestimate the will power of young consumers. While Helio had said many times over that it’s not possible to load your own ringtones on the Ocean, well they’re dead wrong. A clever member by the name of underscorex1 of HowardForums brought to light how to turn your MP3’s, MIDI or MMF files into ringtones free of charge.

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Guess what comes out today? Helio Ocean

Guess what comes out today? Helio Ocean

Ocean is immediately available for $295 at Helio retail stores in Santa Monica, Palo Alto, San Diego, Denver and NYC, as well as via helio.com or 1-888-88-HELIO. GameStop/EB Games will start offering Ocean next week, all other authorized retailers will start selling it shortly after.

Remember that Ocean is more than a phone and not just any QWERTY handset. With Ocean, you get voice, IM, text, email, search, music, video and the speed of 3G. Running over Sprint’s nationwide high-speed 3G network, you will enjoy a boatload of services like over-the-air music downloads, and video on demand. Ocean’s other features include a 2.0 megapixel high-resolution camera, an HTML browser, GPS-enabled Google Maps for mobile, Buddy Beacon, first-of-its-kind full Web search from the device home screen, integration of IM presence into the address book, GPS tagging of photos and videos, MySpace on Helio and much, much more.

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Helio Ocean Video Walkthrough: Media Player

Helio Ocean Video Walkthrough: Media Player

Ocean's media player is intuitive and very easy to use. It supports MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD and MOD files formats. While in video mode, flipping from portrait mode to landscape mode is as easy as clicking the down button on the D-Pad or you can simply flip up the Ocean/s screen. I've created a video walkthrough for your viewing pleasure.

Full review: Helio Ocean hands-on review

Helio Ocean hands-on review

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 so excited about the Ocean.

As you already know, the Ocean arrived this morning and I’ve spent the last eight or more hours diving into this beast. The most important point I want to get across to anyone looking to purchase the Ocean is this: keep your expectations in check. It’s a well-featured device (don’t just call it a “phone”), however Helio never intended the Ocean to act as a smartphone in the traditional sense – future versions of the Ocean, perhaps, just not this one. Okay, that being said lets delve first into the “personal entertainment center”, or media player. It supports MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, VOD and MOD files formats. While in video mode, flipping from portrait mode to landscape mode is as easy as clicking the down button on the D-Pad or you can simply flip up the Ocean’s screen. Since the Ocean isn’t a smartphone, it doesn’t handle multi-tasking; you can’t use any other applications such as IMing while listening to music or watching a video. The software does allow you to surf or buy music from Helio Music store, though. While you enjoy your tunes, you’ll still be notified when someone send you an instant message.

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Helio Ocean Review: Come back at 11PM PST

Helio Ocean Review: Come back at 11PM PST

I know many of you have boatloads of questions about the Helio Ocean.  Please check back later night at 11PM PST for the review, walking you through the ins and outs of the Ocean, including videos of the UI.

I promise to do my best to answer all the questions that came in and more.  Meanwhile have a quick glance at a side-by-side comparison between the Helio Ocean, the Treo 755p and its closest competitor – the T-Mobile Sidekick.

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Helio Ocean Unboxing Video and Initial Impression

Helio Ocean Unboxing Video and Initial Impression

Now that the highly anticipated Helio Ocean is finally in my hands, months of sleepless nights will come to and end. SlashGear is one of a handful of lucky sites to get the first production version of the Ocean. There is simply so much to test out and write up before I can adequately write a full review. However, before you go and watch the unboxing video and salivate over the images, I have one word – WOW!

Helio Ocean hands-one

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Helio Ocean

Helio Ocean

UPDATE 5/11/2007:

First things first: sod the iPhone. Yeah, you read right, forget about it. Stop saving 10-percent of your pay-packet every month, don't sign 18 to 24 months of your life away to Cingular, think laterally, not with the crowd. Helio have just blown everyone out of the water, and ironically they've done it with the Ocean.

Dual-slide for both number pad and full QWERTY. 3G for screaming downloads. Two-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, full HTML browser, 2.4-inch 260k colour QVGA display, on-board stereo speakers, 200MB of internal memory and microSD for more than 2GB more, USB Mass Storage Mode with PC and Mac compatibility... I'm throwing all this out in one fat chunk because if I were to talk you through it we'd be here all day.

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Latest Helio handset is hot stuff

Latest Helio handset is hot stuff

After notching up some pretty impressive performance figures over the past year, Helio is aiming to broaden its appeal with the launch of a new cellphone.  Slotting neatly in underneath the Drift, the Heat continues the MVNO's partnership with Samsung and opens up what's possibly a more budget-oriented customer keen to take advantage of the company's strong mobile internet options.

 

Being Helio, when we say "budget" we don't mean it in the same sense as a feature-lite phone on one of the big networks; the Heat is a super-slender slider with feather-touch electrostatic control pad, GPS, 1.99-inch QVGA screen and stereo Bluetooth support.

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