Summary: The Kin One offers young people a different and fun social networking experience, but its lack of certain basic features and required monthly data plan will limit its appeal.
Pros: The Kin One offers easy access to contacts and social networking sites. The One and its sibling, the Kin Two, are the first Windows phones to feature the Zune multimedia experience, including Zune Pass. The Web-based Kin Studio backs up all of your phone's data. The Kin One also has Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Cons: The Kin One has a small display and can be sluggish. No calendar app or IM clients. User interface can be a bit overwhelming and has a bit of a learning curve. You can't upload photos to Twitter.
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
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
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
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: Fotocamera, Accesso facilitato ai social network, Jack audio da 3,5 mm, MS Office, A-GPS, UMTS con tecnologia HSDPA