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Review: Helio Kickflip

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May 23, 2006, 10:06 PM   by Eric Lin

In-depth review of the Kickflip by VK Mobile, one of the first two phones for new MVNO Helio.

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When Helio was first announced, gadget lovers across the US rejoiced. Finally a carrier would bring Americans cool Asian handsets before they were obsolete, and offer a wide variety of features one could rarely find outside of Europe and Asia. When solid details emerged about the first phones and initial service in early April, a few gadget lovers were disappointed. The handsets had no Bluetooth, they couldn't be tethered to PC for use as a modem, and they required special software to sync PIM information and multimedia.

But Helio has still managed to capture the attention of technophiles everywhere with their unlimited data and messaging plans and unique handsets. The Kickflip is Helio's sexy handset, while the Hero is the powerful one. Although the lack of Bluetooth is a minor frustration, the Kickflip offers plenty for most users. About the only power users it will disappoint are those for who need to use their phone as a modem or for enterprise-type tasks.

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Invader J

May 24, 2006, 9:55 PM

Copying photos back and forth

The one thing about the Kickflip that drives me nuts, is the whole photo "database" thing - how you cant just copy over photos. Thing is, it means you also cannot copy photos TO the phone. So I can't get any of the 100+ photos that I always carry around on my phone, onto the Kickflip.

Helio tells me that this will be addressed in the next (maybe non-beta) version of their Media Mover software. Erf...
eric Lin

May 24, 2006, 12:25 AM

mac sync work around

so one of our contacts at helio is a mac user, and today he and i worked out a way for you to get your contacts from apple's address book or microsoft entourage to your helio phone. it's not an isync solution, so it won't constantly update, but at least it will save you from the pain of having to enter all your current contacts into your new kickflip or hero. here's how it works:

If you're using Outlook on a PC, you can easily export your Address Book to
a .CSV file by going to your Outlook Contacts and choosing
File-->Export-->Export to a File-->Export to Comma Separated Values

If you're using a Mac, making a .CSV file is a little bit trickier:

If you have Entourage, go to Contacts and choose Export-->"Local contacts ...
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