Summary: The KIN TWO is the larger of Microsoft's new KIN series of phones. The devices, to me, are Microsoft's watered down version of Windows Phone 7. There are some similarities, after all, including the panel home screen and a focus on keeping you in touch with your friends - not only through calling and SMS, but also through social networking. There's also the Zune media player available on the KIN phones, which you'll find in Windows Phone 7 as well.
Pros: Solid keyboard, HD video camera with 8 megapixel photos, Zune music player, good design
Cons: Can't add new applications, data costs as much as a smartphone, user interface can be confusing, no e-mail notifications, no IM clients
Conclusion: Microsoft’s Kin OS make the specialized Kins seem kind of alien, and it’s an acquired taste. It would be foolhardy for us to express an opinion on the look and feel, since some people will cozy right up to its unusual social network approach. You won’t take to the Kins if you’re more verbal and want a multi-function device – in other words, neither is a Droid alternative. Between the two, the Kin OS is too big and too cluttered for the cute Kin One.
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: 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.
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