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Review: Kin Two

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Hidden inside the Kin Two is a Zune music player. When you open the Music and More option from the application menu, you effectively leave the Kin interface behind. That's a good thing. The Zune interface is solid and very attractive. I'm not a fan of the organization; it uses the same design technique where screens slightly overlap as a clue to the user that there are more options and different menus available. I found it counterintuitive, but it is consistent, so I imagine that, after spending some time with the player, I might get used to it.

The Zune player is very snappy, easily the most responsive app on the phone. Menus rush by quickly as you flick your finger, and the animated menus swing in and out of view smoothly. There aren't many playback options on board. There is a preset equalizer, but you can't create playlists on the Kin Two. Well, you can't create more than one playlist, though you can queue up songs for the Now Playing list.

Besides the digital music player, there is also a video player in the Zune app, and an FM radio. There's a podcast player, and you can download podcasts through the Zune application.

Mac users don't get access to the Zune subscription service. Instead, Microsoft employs an app from Mark / Space to copy non-DRM music from your iTunes library to the Kin Two.

 

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