Today’s the day that we get to see some KIN reviews before the devices are available for order tomorrow. First off, you’re going to want to see our video unboxing of course. Engadget and Phonescoop have also published reviews, however these reviewers don’t seem to represent the target market for the KIN. In the Engadget review you’ll notice that Joshua has exactly one friend on the device and she’s an employee. The PhoneScoop reviewer is a little closer to the target market with his 4 friends to show up in the phone, but still doesn’t sound like the kind of person who is always out with friends and sharing text/photos with other friends who couldn’t be there.
Engadget had very little luck with the KIN camera, citing blurry washed-out photos, while the Washington Post actually had a great camera experience:
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Kin One’s 5-megapixel camera. My outdoor snapshots looked terrific with bright, natural colors and sharp details. The camera handled zooming well, too. Even when I zoomed as much as I could (the Kin One has 8x digital zoom), my subjects still looked prett…y sharp.
The Kin One sports a fairly powerful flash. Faces were nicely
highlighted without being completely blown out. I can see the Kin One being an ideal companion for concerts as you can snap quality pictures and easily share them with your friends or social networks.
Ina Fried seems a bit more excited for the KIN since she sounds more like the potential target market:
Although the Kin is aimed at folks somewhat younger than myself, I was nonetheless eager to get my hands on Microsoft’s latest phone foray.
The Kin may not be an app phone, but when it comes down to it, the main things I do on my phone are e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and a bit of the Web.
Then there’s Gizmodo who calls the KIN the best cell phones you’ll never buy: Microsoft’s got a healthy concept here, for sure. Using the Kin for the first time isn’t just surprising, but pleasant.
What do you think? Are some of these reviewers looking at the KIN from too much of a smartphone power-user perspective or is it really too limited for a Facebook user?