Verizon Wireless Kin Two
Unique design, Decent battery life, Background sync with Kin Studio, Loaded with social networking features, HD video on Kin Two.
Form, camera, cloud storage, Zune integration.
Zune builtin, Great messaging phone, Seems well made, Decent battery life
Solid keyboard, HD video camera with 8 megapixel photos, Zune music player, good design
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 exter
Lightweight, Innovative Studio web interface, Zune built in
Built-in Zune. Good Web browser. Web-based interface for your photos. Easy to share information with your friends.
The Kin Two offers easy access to contacts and social-networking sites. The Kin devices are the first Windows phones to feature the Zune multimedia experience, including Zune Pass. The Web-based Kin Studio backs up all of your phone's data.
Lacks app store, integrated navigation app, Slow browser, no tabs, No memory slot, Calendar and event sync omitted, Feed links have to be opened in browser, Lacks IM client, Requires smartphone plan
UI is buggy and unintuitive, no expandable memory, social networks are very limited, expensive
No external memory, Camera button placement is not good, Not exactly easy to get photos and videos off phone, Audio quality is worse than expected
Can't add new applications, data costs as much as a smartphone, user interface can be confusing, no email notifications, no IM clients
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.
Poor integration with social networking apps, No instant messaging, Clumsy interface, No third-party apps or games, Mediocre call quality
Not really a smartphone, but priced like one. Limited account integration.
No calendar app or IM clients. User interface can be a bit overwhelming and has a learning curve. You can't upload photos to Twitter. Camera quality is subpar. Requires smartphone data plan.
By Electronista on June 11, 2010
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By AnandTech on June 01, 2010
When Verizon first sent me the ONE and TWO for review, I setup both KIN on the same Live account. Much like Android’s dependency on you having a Google account for backing up a list of installed applications, Microsoft used its Live service with...-
By SlashPhone on May 29, 2010
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By Chip Chick on May 29, 2010
Microsoft may be on to something with this new niche of social phones”, but they still have a ways to go. The UI is still very buggy and unintuitive. Using it does not feel natural at all and certainly takes some getting used to. Microsoft...-
By Testfreaks on May 26, 2010
The Kin Two is pretty much the same as the Kin One with a few changes here and there, most importantly its bigger and that makes it a lot easier to use. Like the Kin One there is no external memory slot, so youre stuck with whatever memory...80
By Phone Scoop on May 22, 2010
There are omissions on the Kin Two I can excuse. No calendar, no instant messaging, no navigation; I can live without if the target audience really doesn't use these features, as Microsoft's extensive focus research has shown. But the lack of...-
By MobileBurn on May 18, 2010
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...70
By PhoneDog on May 17, 2010
Microsoft and Verizon are taking something of a chance with their new Kin duo of phones, what with their arrestingly different user interfaces, curious omission of features like calendars and IM clients, and smartphone-level monthly data pricing. Me?...-
By Computerworld on May 14, 2010
Kin Two, a slider mobile phone from Microsoft, comes off as messy as a teenager's bedroom. But maybe that's the point. Kin Two Microsoft intentionally sought to go after consumers -- specifically, teenagers and 20-somethings -- and interviewed...-
By G4tv.com on May 12, 2010
Video Review: With the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, it's important to stay constantly connected. That's why Microsoft created the Kin Two with its 3.4" multi-touch display, full keyboard and social networking features. Kevin Pereira and...60