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Helio Ocean 2 review

9/10 AVG.

  • Helio Ocean 2
  • Helio Ocean 2

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The Helio Ocean 2 currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

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.

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Phone Scoop

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

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 t...

- Richard Lawler, Engadget

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Helio Ocean 2 user manual here.

Pantech backs up the Helio Ocean 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Helio Ocean 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Pantech support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Pantech's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

133 MB

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


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

Helio Ocean 2 Specs

Release date February 2, 2009
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 133 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible 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
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 323 minutes
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
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
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
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 1.2
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 0 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
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 -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Pantech OZ2

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