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Review: Helio Kickflip

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New message options are at the top of the main messaging (text) menu as well as at the top of the sub-menu for both text and picture messages. While this puts composing new messages at your fingertips, it requires an extra step to read messages.

Choosing new message immediately places your cursor in the message compose window, and while in that window, the soft keys only allow you to change text entry methods and save or erase the text. It isn't until you scroll down to the recipient list that the D-pad select key becomes send. This is true even if the recipient field is already pre-populated like when you reply to a message.

Once in a recipient field, it is easy to address the message to a contact, a group of contacts or even a number from your call logs.

Like many phones, the Kickflip's picture message composer looks completely different from the rest of the menus. It is obvious it was created by another company or Helio just left VK Mobile's original MMS client untouched. It is easy enough to use and has one nice feature we wish the text composer had: it lists recently used phone numbers and email addresses in the recipient field.

Helio offers an email address to its members, but all email including Helio mail is accessed through the browser. There is no built-in application for email.

 

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