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The Kin One (codenamed ‘Turtle’) is a curved square slider with a compact keyboard for one-handed texting.

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Pros

designed with connectivity / social media in mind, heavily integrated

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built-in web browser with multitouch support

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diversifies Microsoft's offerings - allows for a new 'budget' option next to Windows Phone 7 with high hardware requirements

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5MP camera with LED flash

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all video and images are synced with bottomless online storage

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comes with a Silverlight-based desktop companion application for complete access to your phones content

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Zune HD / Tegra guts - designed to last an entire weekend on a single charge while still providing a good user experience

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platform is designed to be upgradable over the air

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capacitive multi-touch display

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will introduce limited yet affordable data to the masses

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intuitive / easy to use Zune-like software platform / interface - ideal for use by those uninterested by the complexities of more advanced smartphone devices

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WiFi and 3G connectivity

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cool packaging

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3.5mm headphone jack

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cool form factor

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slide-out QWERTY feels great, better than the one on the Kin Two

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4GB of internal storage

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good quality build - while mostly plastic

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Cons

short on features / lacks critical applications such as an IM client, calendar, etc...

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closed from 3rd party developers

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somewhat laggy UI

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limiting software platform that makes the device closer to a featurephone than a smartphone - far from a full operating system

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no Zune gaming support

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smaller internal storage and camera resolution than the Kin Two

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requires a full smartphone plan on Verizon - not worth it compared to a real smartphone

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no external memory card expansion

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$100 mail in rebate

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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.

Additional Information

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.

Features
  • 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
Post Review
Erik
04/15/2010 07:42

Why is the Kin One considered a "smart phone" whereas the Kin Two is a "Cell phone"

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