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Helio Ocean 2

2.6-inch screen

Thick

Back

QWERTY keyboard

Number keypad

Close-up of camera

3.5 mm headset jack

MicroSD inconvenience

Fits in the hand, barely

Typing on keys

Won't fit in pocket

The Helio Ocean 2 is offered by Virgin Mobile, and is quite the upgrade over the original Helio Ocean while still maintaining strong similarities.
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The Helio Ocean 2 has a 2.6-inch screen, which is a tad bit wider than its predecessor.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
The Helio Ocean 2 carries some serious heft.
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The Helio Ocean 2 has a camera on the back, but is lacking the LED flash and self-portrait mirror from the original model.
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The Helio Ocean 2's keyboard is an improvement over its predecessor, with a much roomier keyboard and more tactile keys.
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The Helio Ocean 2's number keypad is definitely better than the original's. While the original Ocean's keypad was flat and narrow, the Ocean 2's keys are well spaced and tactile.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
The Helio Ocean 2 still has a 2.0-megapixel camera, but it now has a night shot mode which makes up for the missing flash LED.
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We love to see 3.5mm headset jacks on music phones, and the Helio Ocean 2 is no exception. There aren't any external music player keys though, except for the one button that activates it.
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The Helio Ocean 2's microSD card slot is inconveniently located behind the battery.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
As we said, the Helio Ocean 2 is one big phone. It does have a nice oval curve and feels good in the hand.
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The Helio Ocean 2 is great to thumb-type on, which makes e-mailing and texting fast and easy.
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The Helio Ocean 2 won't fit in your pants pocket, but a purse or man-purse will do just fine.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
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