Posts tagged with: KIN Two
  • by | May 21, 2010 9:07 AM

    Most "smart" phones these days are really dumb when it comes to outdoor screen readability. Sure, the screen looks great when you're inside with the lights out, but when you're actually mobile and need to use some mobile-related feature of your phone, it turns out you can't see anything on the screen. Luckily the KIN phones are designed for people who do have lives that take place outdoors and the screen was designed to accommodate. While it's not as good as the screens from 10 years ago, it's still going to be quite usable at the beach or sitting by the pool. Here's the KIN Two next to ...

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  • by | May 20, 2010 3:30 PM

    Microsoft's latest Windows Phone addition, the KIN Two, had a cameo appearance on the CW network's Gossip Girl television show. With Verizon having previously targeted its prior Motorola Droid marketing campaign at men and its Palm Pre Plus at moms, perhaps this product placement will help Microsoft and the carrier target teens, tweens, and young hipsters on the CW. (via: Engadget)

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  • by | May 19, 2010 5:37 AM

    Since we're such big fans of the Zune music service, we were very curious and a bit excited about the KIN phones since they're the first phones to support Zune. Here's our video comparison between the Zune HD and the KIN Two. Both devices are paired with a Zune Pass subscription so that you can get the full experience. What's certainly awesome about having a phone with Zune Pass support built in is that you have streaming Zune pass and music download support from anywhere that you've got internet reception. So say you're in the car and a passenger wants to know if you have any so-and-so ...

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  • by | May 17, 2010 9:06 AM

    Remember how ActiveSync could only sync one phone at a time? Luckily the Zune desktop software won't have this limitation for Windows Phone 7, KIN, and other Zune devices. As you can see in the screenshots above, we've got a Zune HD and a KIN TWO connected to the same Zune desktop software at the same time. It's very easy to switch between which device you'd like to manage both from the icon in the lower left and the Device management pages.

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  • by | May 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    If a couple of tweets from littus are to believed (this person has apparently developed a reputation of correctly predicting Microsoft's plans for its products), it looks like the next iteration of KIN devices will use a custom version of Windows Phone 7, allowing it to use Marketplace apps. The current generation of KIN phones won't be able to update to this new platform. Also, KIN devices will continue to use the Nvidia Tegra platform, and will sport a new three-button configuration. (via: Geekword, thanks for the tip Muhammad)

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  • by | May 13, 2010 3:56 PM

    Mark/Space, the popular maker of synchronization alternative or replacement software called Missing Sync, has been tapped by Microsoft to develop the Mac desktop synchronization client for KIN owners. With KIN Media Sync for Mac, users can sync non-DRM protected music, videos, and photos. Mac users who purchase a KIN can visit Mark/Space to download the KIN Media Sync client. According to the company's press release, "With KIN Media Sync, Mac users can sync individual songs or entire albums, genres, artists and playlists of music between a KIN phone and iTunes on their Mac.(1) Photos ...

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  • by | May 13, 2010 7:41 AM

    So, the KIN phones are now shipping if you've ordered from the Verizon website and they'll be available in stores today. The KIN Facebook page has well over 170,000 fans so far, it keeps growing, and it's seeing a lot of action. In addition to questions, many people are posting their opinions on the Facebook page and below you'll see a sampling of the buzz we're hearing. Even though tech-reviewers give it bad reviews it sounds like this may be exactly what the "upload generation" was actually looking for. Amy Fudally - I got my kin today! It is worth every penny. It comes in the cutest ...

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  • by | May 12, 2010 12:54 PM

    Over at PC World we hear Microsoft and Verizon defend the pricing plan for the KIN series of social networking phones, but we also learn that Microsoft plans to merge the KIN family with Windows Phone 7 devices in the future. "Over the longer term, we'll be merging platforms and having downloadable apps," said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager with Microsoft's mobile communications unit. On the other hand, he still implies a distinct separation: "If you want to amplify your life and are in searching mode, the Kin is for you and if want to simplify you life and manage things, then ...

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  • by | May 7, 2010 1:52 PM

    As continue to dissect Microsoft's KIN product, Verizon stores are getting ready to post all sorts of promotional materials in their stores to get you interested in buying a KIN. Below are a few of these images, thanks to Ted B (sent via our news submission form).

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  • by | May 7, 2010 11:32 AM

    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 not being full featured ...

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  • by | May 5, 2010 8:04 AM

    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 ...

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  • by | May 5, 2010 5:43 AM

    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 phones, ...

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  • by | May 3, 2010 8:20 PM

    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? (via Facebook)

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  • by | April 28, 2010 12:26 PM

    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. ATT (US) T-Mobile (US) Verizon (US) Fido (Canada) China Mobile China Unicom O2 (Germany) T-Mobile (Germany) Vodafone (Germany) Vodafone (Spain) Vodafone (France) Vodafone (Portugal) Vodafone (Italy) DoCoMo (Japan) ...

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  • by | April 26, 2010 8:30 AM

    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: Hardware: 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 One's screen measures a rather tiny 2.5". You'll ...

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