CNET First Look
Helio FinThe Helio Fin is perhaps too thin for its own good, with several design compromises that place slimness over usability. If you can look past these flaws, however, the Fin is a feature-packed phone with excellent performance.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:01 >> My name is Nicole Lee assistant editor for CNET.com and this is the Helio Fin [inaudible] cell phone made for Helio, which is an EVDO carrier. As you can see, it's a very skinny phone. In fact, Samsung claims it is the thinnest flip phone in North America. It is about 0.5 inches thick or so which is a little bit thinner than the Razor. So, as you can see it has a very simple monochromatic OLAD external display here on the front. It's a 3.0 mega pixel camera which his pretty good. As you can see, there's no camera key, no camera key anywhere on the side, which is to me a very unfortunate thing. Pop open the phone and you get a very nice [inaudible] display here. Underneath the display, you get probably one of the flattest key pads I've ever seen on a cell phone. And as you can see, there's almost zero textural difference between each key so it's one big flat slate. While the Helio Fin is a really thin and skinny phone the features of this thing is incredible. Through Helio's software, you can upload photos and videos directly to Flicker and YouTube. This is a Garmin Mobile, which is [inaudible]. It provides turn by turn traffic directions. So, even though it is a very slim package it has amazing features. We just wish it had some improvements over the design. So if you want a thin phone with a lot of features, and you don't mind some design compromises this phone may be right for you. My name is Nicole Lee and this has been the Helio Fin. ^M00:01:40 [ Music ]