If Windows Mobile represented Microsoft’s corporate mobile strategy, KIN represents a consumer-centric user experience approach that signifies effortless hardware and software integration in a sleek, comfortable package for novice smartphone users. If Microsoft plays its cards right with hardware partner Sharp and carrier partners Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, KIN may be just the tip of the iceberg in luring users to the more advanced Windows Phone platform, marked by the release of Windows Phone 7 later this year.
At first glance, the KIN can be criticized for [...]
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 [...]
The KIN is one of the most polarizing releases by Microsoft in recent years. From a platform perspective, the KIN will effectively replace the Sidekick from Danger, a company that Microsoft had acquired, and will bridge the gap between the features of the Sidekick and those of the advanced Windows Phone platform. In filling this role, I think that Microsoft is successful in my first impressions of the device when the KIN family was launched a few weeks ago. Now, Verizon Wireless has made it official, with KIN pricing and plan information.
The KIN One, the smaller of the two KIN [...]
The KIN One and KIN Two will be available on Verizon very soon, but if you enter this contest before May 12th, you could be one of 25 lucky winners to receive a KIN One and Two plus a full year Zune Pass for unlimited music downloads. What do you think? Would two free KINs and a year’s worth of Zune music be fun to have?
Over at MobileCrunch a ROM hacker known as Conflipper has discovered system provisioning files for tons of other carriers. This does not mean that these carriers will definitely be picking up the KIN One or KIN Two, it just means their settings are in there. However it’s possible that other carriers might get their own versions of KIN phones someday.
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Looking forward to the KIN devices but not sure how they stack up in terms of specs? Over at PDAdb.net, you can put both devices head-to-head to do a spec comparison. Here’s how they differ:
The KIN Two is the bigger of the batch, and so it’s 130grams heavy versus 110grams on the One. Both devices are about 20mm thick (which is about the same thickness as the old TyTN II/Tilt 2), though the KIN Two is significantly wider at 108mm vs 84mm. In terms of screen size, the KIN two’s display a bit smaller than an iPhone at 3.5″, which the [...]
An unearthed Google cache code reveals what may be two pricing models for the data plan for the Microsoft KIN–Windows Phone’s newest sibling–which is set to debut on Verizon Wireless sometime next month in May. The social media and sharing-centric devices (there is a KIN One and KIN Two) will either be available with a basic plan or a premium plan if the Google cache information holds true at launch date.
The basic plan features unlimited text and contact backup. The premium plan adds on more minutes, an expanded data plan–which we take to mean unlimited [...]
According to the Windows Phone Germany Facebook page, Microsoft is really getting social with the specs of the KIN social media-centric feature phones.
According to the site, the KIN One will feature a 2.6-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen that’s landscape oriented and slides over a full QWERTY keyboard for sleek one-hand operations. A 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash to help users capture and share memories. GPS, Bluetooth, FM radio, accelerometer, WiFi, USB support (micro USB port) are all on board as well as choice between CDMA technology for Verizon Wireless [...]
If you’re curious about Rosa as she takes her journey with the new Kin phones, here’s something fun. She also raps! Take a look at her Salt n Peppa’ cover of “Let’s talk about Sex” on College Humor (if you dare). Microsoft has already had some issues with old people complaining about Kin’s “Sexting” features, so it’s good to see that the Kin social networking spokeswoman promotes responsible and safe picture messaging.
The new Kin phones and service were just announced a few days ago, but already the Kin Facebook page has over 30,000 fans. Earlier this morning it was around 24,000 fans.
Of course, most of us smartphone power users don’t see much appeal in the Kin, but we said that about the original Danger Sidekick devices as well. Could these new phones actually be a hit despite the naysayers?
Microsoft has put together a special KIN YouTube channel that takes us on the adventure of Rosa, a KIN-user, that wants to determine if the people she’s friends with online are really her friends by going to visit them. Yes, this experiment (in real life) is potentially unsafe, but the results are generally funny. Be sure to watch the Matty G segment. Click on to the KIN channel.
Although the KIN claims to be a “kindred spirit” of the Windows Phone family, there is enough different about the platform and the underlying UI to warrant a second look by Windows Mobile veterans and may excite those moving from feature phones or the Sidekick (MIcrosoft had acquired Sidekick parent company Danger). While the KIN shares the same core Windows Phone 7 architecture, the device is made for one purpose only, and that purpose is communications. Whether by voice, email, text, or social messaging, KIN asks us to share our life, thoughts, and memories with friends [...]
The are quite a few KINs out there but we know for sure where (at least) one of them is. Derek Snyder, Senior Product Manager with Microsoft and pocketnow.com alum uses his KIN(s) frequently to post on his Facebook page.
And we know that for sure because Facebook features special icons for services linked to Facebook and Derek’s latest updates are tagged as being made from KIN.
Even more, Twitter seems to already tag KIN tweets and since we only know about Derek, you can check the integration on his Twitter page.
The KIN Two is the KIN One‘s bigger brother and sports a layout that is more familiar to Windows Mobile users with a landscape sliding screen and wider keyboard, not unlike the HTC Touch Pro2 sans tilt. The second model in the KIN family also sports a more familiar form factor to Sidekick users, for which this new platform will mostly replace after Microsoft’s acquisition of Danger.
The KIN Two, like the KIN One, is made by Sharp and feels lighter than it looks–for me personally, it did feel a bit hollow, but not cheap. The keyboard was clicky and the [...]
Today we heard about KIN, Microsoft latest new product that is aimed to become the phone of choice for the “social generation.” Naturally, there are opposing views on whether KIN represents a fantastic new idea that will gain tons of traction, or if it will be destined to a fate of mediocre sales caused by being overshadowed by the more advanced and versitile mobile operating systems like Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7, and so on.
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