AAPL Stock: 110.78 ( + 0.4 )

Printed from

Helio officially debuts Drift phone with GPS mapping

updated 10:25 am EST, Thu November 9, 2006

Helio Drift Phone Official

As previously anticipated following the discontinuation of its earlier Kickflip, Helio on Thursday launched the Kickflip's official replacement. Known as the Drift, the phone shares many of the specifications of the earlier 2-megapixel, EVDO-capable handset but adds an enhanced GPS unit that forms the core of the design. While most cellphones include basic GPS tracking to help locate owners in an emergency, the Drift ships with a preloaded version of Google Maps that links with the receiver to provide real-time positioning, including driving directions. The Drift also incorporates a Helio-specific feature named Buddy Beacon that can track the locations of a specified list of friends. This can help with socializing, the company says. Models are available in black or white today from Helio for $225 alongside any service agreement.

by MacNN Staff





Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented