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Review: Helio Kickflip

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Menus Calls / Contacts Messaging  

It seems Helio tried to pick and choose the best aspects of every phone and smartphone contacts application, and they managed to put it together into one of their own. The contacts list makes it easy to dial any phone number stored for a person. When scrolling over a name a little preview box with the selected phone number and caller ID photo is displayed at the bottom of the screen. One click and all the information including phone numbers, email addresses, special dates and more is displayed. One more click and any field can be edited or added just by scrolling to it. This is also where custom ringtones, caller groups and photos for caller ID are assigned as well.

Our only gripe about the contacts or calling arises during incoming calls. It appears that the Kickflip can only match caller IDs to a ten digit number. So if you have entered your numbers with a 1 or +1 in front, the caller ID cannot match a name, ringtone, etc. to the number. Other than this, calling works exactly as expected. As we said before, spinning the phone open or closed answers or ends a call. In a call the right soft key activates the speaker phone while the left brings up a menu of other options, and a press of the the call key brings up a menu of recent calls. Selecting the contact menu from the main menu brings up additional options like a more advanced call log, caller group customization and contact syncing.

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