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Review: Helio Kickflip

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The clock on the home screen is totally configurable, and is large and easy to read. The analog option is even larger. The clock is only displayed on the home screen and the in-call status screen. The phone automatically returns to the home screen though, so the clock is usually visible. As we said earlier, if the screen is off, checking the time is as easy as holding the volume up key for 2 seconds.


The Kickflip, and all Helio phones, use Java. However they only allow downloads from Helio's deck, so we could not install JBenchmark's applications to test the phone's speed or other applications like Opera Mini.


One of the centerpieces of the Kickflip is its media player, which plays a variety of audio file and mp4 videos. Although you can't sort music by artist or album, you can create playlists, both on the desktop and on the Kickflip itself. The video player shows movies in a small window by default, but can play them full screen. Playback can be controlled using the side buttons if you close the phone while audio or video is playing.

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The "plan" menu has applications like a note pad, a calendar and an alarm clock. The alarm is one of the most full featured we're ever seen on a phone and can also be used for quick alarms like a countdown timer. Unfortunately it does not work if the phone is off.

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