Review: Microsoft Kin One and Two
Microsoft unfurls its Kin One and Kin Two social networking phones, complete with Zune media software. Both phones do one thing fairly well, but fall flat in other areas. Updated with info about battery life, signal, and music syncing.
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Microsoft is hoping to appeal to a new kind of user with the Kin One and Kin Two, two phones that are aimed at a younger, more social crowd. The Kin One and Two bear absolutely no resemblance to any phone that has come out of Redmond before. In fact, they are so different, many will be surprised to see the Microsoft logo on the back. Similar to concepts such as Motorola's MOTOBLUR and HTC's Friend Stream, Microsoft (and Verizon) are banking on the highly connected user to adopt this new platform, which puts socialization before all else. In order to focus so keenly on social networking, Microsoft did forsake a few key features.
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Sharp Kin One
2.6" display 320 x 240 pixels
Tegra APX2600 processor
1,240 mAh battery
Hardware Text Keyboard, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
Is this really that surprising?
Is it really that surprising that MS bombed on hardware and software for a device? Look at the XBox and 360....
There's nothing wrong with the Xbox.
Laughably bad- this doesn't bode well for WM7 either.
Honestly this is just friggin pathetic. No offense Microsoft, but your products are so bad that Windows 7 was considered a "massive improvement."
WM7 is supposed to be "super tightly integrated" with social networking too. Let's hope it's significantly better than this.
Honestly this is just friggin pathetic. No offense Microsoft, but your products are so