Microsoft Kin Review Roundup

Almost 6-months ago we saw the Microsoft Kin leak and were rather disappointed. We’ve been incredibly excited for Microsoft to revamp their mobile strategies and the Kin serves as the new face for a lineup we’re hoping rises to prominence. Based on the Microsoft Kin reviews we’ve read thus far… it ain’t happening.


Here is a collection of conclusions and reviews from across the web:

  • As a dumbphone killer, the Kin is an easy pitch. As a smartphone competitor, it’s hopeless. [Gizmodo]
  • While the Kin One is leaps and bounds better than a standard feature phone, the lack of an app store, small screen and unneeded limitations means there is no reason to buy this handset over a real smartphone. [Intomobile]
  • Microsoft stated that, with the Kin, they were developing a phone that sits somewhere between so-called “feature phones” that offer the basics and a full-featured, pricier smartphone, but with the Kin Two, they’ve managed to capture the worst of both worlds, often underperforming low-end phones when it comes to capability while charging more than a typical smartphone if you opt for the Zune Pass subscription. [BrightHand]
  • there are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn’t demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those. [Engadget]
  • It seems as if Microsoft has an unmitigated failure on its hands, although it’s hard to say for sure. Slow, buggy and over-priced are qualities that rankle the feathers of tech-bloggers, but your average 15-year-old Facebook addict may embrace the seemingly simple design and promise of constant connection. [Switched]
  • Overall, Microsoft has a lot of work to do on the Kins if it wants to truly straddle the divide between smart phones and feature phones. I’m skeptical that young consumers will be thrilled with this first effort. It has the looks and some good features, but beyond that it’s not so smart. [HuffPost]
  • As with the Microsoft KIN ONE, the TWO’s biggest problem isn’t the hardware of the device itself, or even the platform, it’s just what’s missing right now. There aren’t any chat applications, there isn’t a calendar, and some features don’t work as well as they should. I hope these, and more, can be added in the future, although I haven’t heard anything definite. Also, Verizon Wireless requires a $30 monthly data plan for the phone, which is more expensive than the other feature phones it offers and just as expensive as the data plan it requires with smartphones. What’s the trouble with that? The KIN TWO isn’t a smartphone. [Mobile Burn]

One positive review I found was from AllThingsD who said:

Though Microsoft’s Kin One has some polishing to do on its camera and on its social-networking tools, it’s a uniquely attractive device that’s a pleasure to use. I only wish all mobile devices had worry-free backup websites like the Kin Studio.

I’m sure many of you agree with the negative reviews but there is light at the end of the tunnel: Windows Phone 7.

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