Excerpt: Microsoft's Kin Two is mid-range consumer-oriented phone created for people who are looking for a device for texting, social networking and music. Michael Morisy brings us a review of one[...
Pros: Solid hardware that’s sturdy and sleek, A chance to integrate your social networks into one place, Good web browser
Cons: A glitchy, buggy interface that feels like it was never used by its primary audience, A high monthly bill, particularly for Zune Pass subscribers, Missing standard phone functions like a calendar and calculator
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: Perhaps it's telling that Verizon Wireless dropped $50 off the price of the Kin Two to $99 the day before it was announced; regardless, consumers will still have to cough up $30 a month for a data plan on a device that does much less than a more versatile smart phone. And if you want a Zune Pass, that's another $15 per month.
Conclusion: If there is anything going for KIN, it has to be its tight integration of social networking that envelops users to take notice of its keen strengths in that department. First of all, the KIN ONE is quite a compelling piece of hardware which can be attributed to its hockey puck looks, but we feel it is more suitable for sending a plethora of messages thanks to its good QWERTY keyboard.
Excerpt: Microsoft Kin Two è uno smartphone intressante e provvisto di specifiche tecniche di tutto rispetto. Si tratta di uno smartphone di fascia media e dedicato soprattutto ai giovani e a chi fa un uso intensivo dei social network. Presenta una tastiera qwerty Scorrevole , il supporto alla rete GSM Quadband e UMTS, un display touchscreen capacitivo TFT QVGA da 3,4 pollici con una risoluzione di 320x480 pixel e da 16 milioni di colori, una fotocamera posteriore da 8 megapixel...
Pros: Sistema operativo Android, Risoluzione e colori display, Fotocamera, Tastiera qwerty scorrevole
Microsoft Kin Two im Test: QWERTZ-Knochen für Social Networker
7 May 2010
Summary: Im April 2010 hat Microsoft endlich den Schleier um Project Pink gelüftet und sein Handy-Duo Kin One und Kin Two vorgestellt. Die beiden Geräte richten sich an Jugendliche, die in sozialen Netzwerken zuhause sind. Während eine vollständige Integration von Facebook, Twitter & Co. ab Werk an Bord ist, fehlt jegliche Erweiterungsmöglichkeit via Apps. Hat Microsoft eine Chance gegen die Konkurrenz?
Pros: einfacher Zugriff auf soziale Netzwerke, integrierter Zune-Player, unkomplizierte Backup-Möglichkeit
Cons: kein Instant Messenger, kein Kalender, überfrachtetes, gewöhnungsbedürftiges Interface, schlechte Kamera