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Helio Ocean 2

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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2.6-inch screen

The Helio Ocean 2 has a 2.6-inch screen, which is a tad bit wider than its predecessor.

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Thick

The Helio Ocean 2 carries some serious heft.

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Back

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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QWERTY keyboard

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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Number keypad

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.

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Close-up of camera

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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3.5 mm headset jack

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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MicroSD inconvenience

The Helio Ocean 2's microSD card slot is inconveniently located behind the battery.

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Fits in the hand, barely

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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Typing on keys

The Helio Ocean 2 is great to thumb-type on, which makes e-mailing and texting fast and easy.

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Won't fit in pocket

The Helio Ocean 2 won't fit in your pants pocket, but a purse or man-purse will do just fine.

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