Specs summary

Screen
2.6"

The Helio Ocean 2's screen is 2.6 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
133 MB

Internal memory is 133 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Pantech's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 323 minutes (2G), 0 minutes (3G).



The hardware doesn't inspire us all that much. It's bigger and heavier than we prefer our phones to be, but this will surely not bother everyone.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 3 reviews

Manufactured by Pantech, the Helio Ocean 2 takes the best elements of its predecessor, while eliminating many of the deficiencies, to produce a truly improved device that Ocean fans will appreciate immediately.

For those not in the know, the Helio Ocean was something of a phenom a few years back, due in part to its dual-slider form factor and renegade marketing campaign. It offered significant functionality at an affordable price.

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Anyway, the Ocean 2 is a fun dual-slider; it slides vertically to reveal an alpha-numeric keypad, and also slides horizontally to reveal a comfortable, easy-to-use full QWERTY keyboard. It sports a 2.6” QVGA display that is crisp and clear.

Improvements over the original Ocean include an optical sensor touch pad which improves scrolling considerably, and more responsive keys which help eliminate errors. Overall, there are definite, meaningful changes that all users will surely appreciate.

The Ocean 2 also offers a tabbed HTML browser, 2GB of internal storage, and an updated messaging dashboard, definitely adding panache to high tech search and communicate functionality. For the youth market interested in finding and talking to friends, the Ocean 2 offers a fun way to do just that.

In addition to a thoughtful and imaginative form factor, the Ocean 2 has built-in GPS with Google Maps and GPS tagging (buddy beacons), 3.5mm headset jack (so you can use your favorite stereo headset), and comes pre-loaded with the critically acclaimed Opera Mini mobile browser.

The Ocean 2 is targeted toward the young and provides considerable functionality and ease of use. Thumbs up!

Pros: Fun form factor, feature-rich, powerful.

Cons: Thick and somewhat heavy. There is a small learning curve involved in learning the deeper functions.

Verdict: Kudos to Pantech for improving upon a clever phone, making it better and easier. If you are looking for a social-networking phone that offers ease of texting and a boatload of features but is NOT a smartphone, take a look at the Ocean 2.


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Phone Scoop

While Virgin Mobile's Ocean 2 does offer up improvements compared to the original, it doesn't go quite far enough

from Phone Scoop

With all of its capabilities, there's no doubt that the Ocean 2 is Virgin/Helio's flagship phone for 2009. The software is well done, and the incorporated social networking and messaging features are well-matched to the form factor of the phone.

The hardware doesn't inspire us all th...More

With all of its capabilities, there's no doubt that the Ocean 2 is Virgin/Helio's flagship phone for 2009. The software is well done, and the incorporated social networking and messaging features are well-matched to the form factor of the phone.

The hardware doesn't inspire us all that much. It's bigger and heavier than we prefer our phones to be, but this will surely not bother everyone. It's hard to make a dual slider much smaller than the Ocean 2. Having access to both a QWERTY and 12-key make the Ocean 2 a capable phone and one that lets you choose the fastest way for inputting whatever it is that you need to enter, with one hand or two.

The capable browser and good camera are highlights of the Ocean 2, but don't overlook it's integration with Helio services, GPS, software support and fun user interface.

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Engadget

It's offering a lot more than an exclusive MySpace app to lure in users this time

from Engadget

Kicking us out of apps once the phone is closed is still as annoying as ever, as was a tendency for our review unit to sometimes soft-reset, usually while trying to exit or enter one of the included apps. We thought the external hardware design changes were a sum improvement over the original, an...More

Kicking us out of apps once the phone is closed is still as annoying as ever, as was a tendency for our review unit to sometimes soft-reset, usually while trying to exit or enter one of the included apps. We thought the external hardware design changes were a sum improvement over the original, and the software tweaks allowed us to get a lot more of what we want out of our experience than the original Ocean did when it first launched. Still, without serious third party developer support and a better default browser experience (now with tabs, but not much else) it's not quite the smartphone-fighter it once claimed to be, and not far removed from other feature phones on the market. Whether the Ocean 2 is right for you will depend on whether your needs are met by its out of the box software package and Helio's all-in service packages, but we're still left curious to see what new phones are over the horizon.

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Phonedog

Sleek and Modern

from Phonedog
Pro: The overall design of the phone is great. The fact that you can check your email and even add an account to your email list if it is not one of the ones provided. The internet via Opera Mini is much faster than you would expect. The duel sliding motion of the phone makes the phone very easy to...More
Pro: The overall design of the phone is great. The fact that you can check your email and even add an account to your email list if it is not one of the ones provided. The internet via Opera Mini is much faster than you would expect. The duel sliding motion of the phone makes the phone very easy to use. I also enjoy the scrolling option on the center button. It is so much easier to navigate through the different options and the web. Con: The life of the battery gets drained if you surf the internet, so be sure to bring your charger with you. Since this is a new phone there are no plastic cases for protection. Also the phone is a little heavy. It does take some time to get used to. Using experience: 20 days I've been a Helio customer now for almost two years. When I first signed up with Helio, I had the gold version of the Heat. Great phone but I was really waiting to upgrade to the Ocean. When I called customer service to upgrade to the Ocean after my first year of service, I was told if I held off for a couple of months I would get a great deal on the new Ocean 2. I then waited until the week of the Ocean 2 to debut and to my delight Helio (Virgin Mobile) rewared me with the new Ocean 2 for FREE. Of course the catch was that I had to pay for sales tax and shipping, but I gladly obliged. After about almost a month, I am impressed with this phone and its capabilities. Myself and my two other roommates have the Ocean (they have the Ocean 1 and I'm the only one with the Ocean 2) and we're the talk of the town. I couldn'thave asked for a better phone. I only wish it came in other colors, but I'm not complaining about the sleek red color and design. I am anxiously awaiting someone to come out with a screen protector and plastic case for the phone. Since it is slightly longer and wider than the Ocean 1 the cases available for the Ocean won't work with the Ocean 2. My only complaint is the battery life of the phone. However you can't expect to have everlasting battery life when you can call someone, email, text, make a posting on Facebook, view a Microsoft Word document in fileviewer and play guitar hero all on the same phone. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 2, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 133 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 323 minutes
3G Talk Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black with red accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.8 x 2.1 cm (4.6 x 2.3 x 0.8 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 1.2
Bluetooth Profiles No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, HTML, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Pantech OZ2

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