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Review: Kin Two

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The Kin Two is a cheap feeling, black plastic brick. The phone is not very heavy, which doesn't help the impression of cheapness. The plastic creaks. The slide clacks open, and the screen up top wobbles a bit. The size and shape make the Kin Two easy to pocket, but the phone wasn't always smart enough to switch off the capacitive screen when it was sitting in my pants and often I would accidentally change tracks on my music or press some other software button when I slipped it into my slacks.

The Kin Two might be easy in the hand when making phone calls, but there were plenty of design decisions that made the phone harder to use. The case is mostly nondescript, with a glossy black front face with symmetrical bars breaking the surface on either side of the screen. Up top is the earpiece opening, and below the screen you'll find the Back button.

The phone is trapezoidal in shape, with a smaller back than front. This shape helps the phone fit nicely in the hand, but it also means that the side buttons are all located on an inward slope, which made pressing difficult. The volume keys on the upper right side were okay, but the power button / screen lock on the top right corner was very difficult to find. Worst of all, it is tough to press hard on the two-stage camera button without pushing the screen up a bit.

 

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