01. 24. 2008
Meet Mysto, Helio's new slider cell phone: First look
We love Helio phones, they're fun, cutting edge, beautifully designed, and have quirky Helio extras. Helio strives to be a fun brand with a lot of appeal to a younger audience - you can almost feel a little bit of a Mac-like cult in an non-Mac product. As long as you can appreciate creative acronyms like WHERE and H.O.T., you’ll be able to digest this overview of Helio’s new slider Mysto.
Now, beyond the 2.22’ large reflective screen, electrostatic hot keys and a sleek sapphire blue color there are a number of features that we've tried t decode for you:
GPS on steroids - Never be lost again with GPS-enabled Google Maps, Buddy Beacon helps your friends locate you (if you provide permission) and vice versa, Tellme, a local GPS-based search application with voice recognition, and turn-by-turn voice navigation Garmin Mobile (available). WHERE application is free and provides customized location-based widgets on Mysto (cheapest gas stations, a pub finder, local golf course locator, etc.).
Inbox for the info hungry - Never miss a message or an opportunity with IMs, text, pictures and video messaging, and email. Wirelessly synch email, calendar and contacts from Microsoft Exchange Server. Single-click search provides instant results from Yahoo!, Google, Wikipedia, Amazon.com and Yelp. Surf with an open HTML browser and drill down with its zoom function. H.O.T. (Helio On Top) delivers customizable RSS.
Camera for the stealth - You can’t miss a moment, so you’re fine with the standard 2-megapixel camera with flash and 100MB memory built-in — expandable to 4GB with microSD. Helio Up allows you to instantly upload your videos to YouTube and pics to Flickr. Media is automatically geo-tagged; view, sort and share your pics on Flickr Map.
Audiophile addict - Music can be downloaded over the air (OTA) straight to your device or you can use Helio Music Player and upload. Buy music from the Helio Music Store and have it sent both OTA and to your computer for you to keep.
Speakeasy - Voice activated dialing and voice activated feature access and more.
Price: $149 new member or $320 msrp at Helio.