The "1-Minute" Review
The Helio Mysto is the CDMA version of the Samsung U600, but with many improvements.
The popularity and intrigue surrounding Helio phones rests in the rich bundle of onboard applications, including robust IM and email features found on all their latest models, and the Mysto is no exception. In fact, the shorter feature list would be the one listing what the Mysto cannot do!
Helio could make a phone shaped like a spatula and it would have terrific features and awesome icons.
The Mysto is an attractive, super-slim slider, complimented by a beautiful 2.2 inch screen boasting excellent resolution and a variety of customizable settings. It comes with GPS and makes great use of it with numerous free, clever applications, including “Tellme”, a GPS search with voice recognition, and “WHERE”, an application which allows you to assign a value to a widget, such as “cheapest gas station”, “local pub finder”. The Mysto also includes the innovative feature “Idle Search”, which allows you to search directly from the main screen, simply by typing in a search term. Default search results come from Yahoo, Yelp, Amazon and Wikipedia.
The external keys are electrostatic; they vibrate when touched.
Keep in mind that Helio designs phones for young people, and I think they do it better than anyone else. All the features relate to personalization, communication and interaction. Like their other phones, the Mysto can do things you didn’t even know you wanted to do! The Mysto is a hip smartphone, but a smartphone for young folks who want a pocket-rocket of technology; it’s not for someone looking for a smartphone with business applications.
The Mysto includes a 2MP camera, down from the 3.2MP employed by the Samsung U600. It comes pre-loaded with photo software to modify the pictures in any number of fun ways.
The Mysto also includes full HTML, making surfing the web a blast. You can zoom in on an area easily and even copy pictures and videos found on the internet and use them as static or fluid wallpapers!
Deciding on the Mysto is clearly a form factor issue. If the crazy popular dual-slider Helio Ocean is too thick or bulky for you, the Mysto would be a wonderful alternative. Keep in mind, however, that in achieving the slim form factor, the keypad is flat, much like the Motorola Razr, and clearly different from the sure-fire knobby, rubber buttons found on the Ocean.
The Helio Mysto definitely continues the Helio mystique!
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Samsung released the SPH-A523 Mysto on January 16, 2008.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung SPH-A523 Mysto user manual here.
Samsung backs up the SPH-A523 Mysto with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your SPH-A523 Mysto has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung'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.