Summary: The Kin One is a decent phone for documenting and sharing your life with friends, but it's missing so many features that, even now that it's offered for free, we don't think it's a great deal. It doesn't have any games or access to third-party apps, and the fact that you're forced to pony up $30 a month for an unlimited data plan is tough to stomach when the browsing experience is weak.
Excerpt: Microsoft's Kin One is an inexpensive consumer-oriented phone created for people who are looking for a device for texting, social networking and music. Michael Morisy brings us this review.
Pros: Wonderfully designed hardware that’s both fun and comfortable to use., A sneak peak at the future of the Windows Phone line, Access to tens of thousands of streaming songs via Zune Pass integration
Cons: An operating system that doesn’t try to do much, and still under-delivers, A monthly bill that dwarfs the initial investment, Spotty network performance even in strong coverage areas
Conclusion: The Microsoft KIN One is certainly an intriguing and interesting little phone that does have some features that are very unique to it. Would I use this phone? No, probably not, but then again I’m not teenager or a twenty something either. I’m certainly not as into the whole social networking scene like the younger crowd is, but the KIN One is certainly a phone for social networking, and if that’s what your into more than anything then this might be the phone for you.
Pros: Nicely made with an interesting design, Fairly easy to use, Decent battery life, Zune interface built-in, Low price for the phone itself, Decent call quality
Cons: Poor picture quality, Typing on the keyboard can be tricky at times, Screen attracts fingerprints / smudges, Navigation can be frustrating, Screen is small, Web browsing can be slow
Excerpt: As we all know, “different” does not necessarily equal “better.” Yes, the operating system Microsoft has concocted for its ballyhooed Kin One ($49.99 with rebate and two-year contract) and Kin Two ($99.99 with rebate and two-year contract) phones, made by Sharp for Verizon, is way beyond different.
Pros: Clever social-network-centric OS, Mirrors all activities and auto uploads photos to Kin Studio Web site, High-quality 5 MP (Kin One) and 8 MP (Kin Two) camera with flash, 4GB (Kin One) 8GB (Kin Two) built-in memory, Light, sleek, stylish uncluttered exterior
Cons: Cluttered, claustrophobic OS, No third-party apps, Slippery exterior, Unintuitive music player, Hard to get high-quality video off phone, No external memory card slot
Summary: The Microsoft Kin One social-networking mobile phone has a slick and intuitive user interface, but the hardware is mediocre and unattractive. Additionally, advanced users might be disappointed with some limitations within the operating system.
Excerpt: Microsoft Kin One è uno smartphone dal design particolare, con tastiera qwerty scorrevole ma dalla forma quadrata, anche se con bordi arrotondati. Si tratta di uno smartphone di fascia media e dedicato soprattutto ai giovani e a chi fa un uso intensivo dei social network. Presenta il supporto alla rete GSM Quadband e UMTS, un display touchscreen capacitivo TFT QVGA da 2,6 pollici con una risoluzione di 320x240 pixel e da 16 milioni di colori, una fotocamera posteriore da...
Pros: Jack audio da 3,5 mm, Fotocamera, Accesso facilitato ai social network, A-GPS, UMTS con tecnologia HSDPA, MS Office