Helio Ocean: A joke I just don't get.

The Helio Ocean just doesn't make sense to me.

Ronn Owens
Ronn Owens is a host for KGO Radio. When not working on his daily talk show, he is pursuing the latest in cell phones.
Ronn Owens
The Helio Ocean mystifies me.
The Helio Ocean mystifies me. Helio

Ever have someone tell a joke and everyone but you laughs uproariously?

That's how I feel about the Helio Ocean. Seems like every reviewer in the U.S. has tripped over themselves with praise. Me? I don't get it. The top row of the keyboard is difficult and uncomfortable to use, and the learning curve for the Ocean's unique interface is only worth the trouble if you're determined to have it as your only device.

If you're a gadget addict like me, you carry a bag for all of your toys. So a big klutzy phone/PDA/MP3/video/messaging/makes-your-breakfast-and-everything-else-in-the-world gizmo doesn't do it--not when it does everything just sorta OK.

And if you're looking for one item to pop into your shirt pocket, better get two--or you'll tilt to one side.