The Microsoft Kin One is one of two Kin (codenamed ‘Pink’) smartphones released through Verizon Wireless (US) in May 2010 and Vodafone (Europe) in August 2010. The Kin One (codenamed ‘Turtle’) is a curved square slider with a compact keyboard for one-handed texting, a QVGA multi-touch display that supports pinching and zooming, a 5MP camera that also shoots standard-definition (SD) videos, and 4GB of internal memory. The memory supposedly isn’t important, however, as users have 24/7 access to their online collection via 3G cellular, even though WiFi is also available. Additional features include Zune media player (music/videos), a Mac-compatible music side-loader, and support for over-the-air firmware updates.
Geared for young, social-network-savvy adults, the Kin smartphones lack many of the features typical for a smartphone, such as personal organization/productivity software (calendar, tasks, etc.), support for third-party applications, and support for in-browser Flash or video streaming.
Featured on the Kin phones is a revitalized user interface (UI) based on “Spot” and “Loop”. The Loop concerns the home screen, which is in essence a collection of all the user’s social-network data, organized by priority. “Spot,” on the other hand, is a green circle that functions as a ‘universal attach’ button in that content (maps, status updates, videos, etc.) dragged to it is automatically shared with all the user’s contacts.
- Project “Pink” (Kin)
- Project “Pink Turtle” (Kin One)
- Spot/Loop User Interface
- Verizon/Vodafone Availability
- Curved Square Slider Design
- Compact Keyboard
- QVGA Multi-Touch Display
- Audio/Video Capture (SD)
- Audio/Video Playback
- 24/7 Online Syncing (Images)
- 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth Connectivity
- Zune Media Player
- Firmware Updates