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The Microsoft Kin Two is one of two Kin (codenamed ‘Pink’) next generation feature phones introduced by Microsoft in 2010.

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Pros

full slide-out QWERTY keyboard

4 agree

WiFi and 3G connectivity

4 agree

designed with connectivity / social media in mind, heavily integrated

3 agree

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

3 agree

all video and images are synced with bottomless online storage

3 agree

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

3 agree

8GB of internal storage

3 agree

8MP camera with LED flash for stills and videos (accessed by a dedicated camera button)

3 agree

built-in web browser with multitouch support

3 agree

capacitive multitouch display

3 agree

3.5mm headphone jack

2 agree

capable of recording video in high definition

2 agree

will introduce limited yet affordable data to the masses

2 agree

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

2 agree

cool packaging

2 agree

build - while mostly glossy plastic - is of good quality

2 agree

Zune Pass support for streaming tunes in the background over 3G or WiFi

2 agree

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

2 agree

platform is designed to be upgradable over the air

2 agree

FM radio

1 agrees
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Cons

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

5 agree

closed from 3rd party developers

5 agree

no Flash support

4 agree

lame hipster commercials

3 agree

updates are only pinged for every 15 minutes - too slow for the heavy social media user

3 agree

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

3 agree

no Zune gaming support

3 agree

uninspired looks compared to the Kin One

2 agree

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

1 agrees

targeted demographic push will scare away all the cool kids and their potentially interested mum

1 agrees

no external memory card expansion

1 agrees

Will DEMAND a full ALL-In dataplan so will be useless in all smaller countries of Europe

1 agrees

$100 mail in rebate

1 agrees
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The Microsoft Kin Two is one of two Kin (codenamed ‘Pink’) next generation feature phones introduced by Microsoft in 2010. The Kins have a lot of similar built-in functionality as a smart phone but lack the ability to install 3rd party applications which is the defining characteristic of a smart phone. The Kin Two (codenamed ‘Pure’) is a curved rectangular slider with a larger keyboard for two-handed texting, a widescreen HVGA multi-touch display that supports pinch/zoom, an enhanced 8MP camera that also shoots high-definition videos, and 8GB of internal memory. Like the One, the Kin Two supports 24/7 access via syncing to Kin Studio, an online 'private space' for storing photos, videos, contacts and messages. This is done through 3G connectivity, although WiFi/Bluetooth are 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 phones 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.

The phones release through Verizon Wireless (US) in May 2010 and Vodafone (Europe) in August 2010.

Features
  • Project “Pink” (Kin)
  • Project “Pink Pure” (Kin Two)
  • Spot/Loop User Interface
  • Verizon/Vodafone Availability
  • Curved Rectangular Slider Design
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • HVGA Multi-Touch Display
  • Audio/Video Capture (HD)
  • Audio/Video Playback
  • 24/7 Access to Kin Studio
  • 3G/WiFi/Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Zune Media Player
  • Firmware Updates
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