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Engadget says:

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In the end, we're left with two orphan devices -- phones that feel like they should have been killed before they made it to market, but somehow slipped through. It's clear to us from conversations we've had with Microsoft that there are people at the company with good ideas about what phones should and shouldn't do, but we don't feel the Kin is representative of those ideas. quote


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Critic reviews

6.5
7 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.0
  • Display
    5.3
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    4.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    4.0

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User reviews

7.8
4 reviews
6.0
Engadget May 5, 2010

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.

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7.0
Gizmodo May 5, 2010

The Kins have an audience, a sense of style, and—a rarity from Microsoft—a coherent philosophy. They're precocious feature phones, with actual potential. So why are they priced like smartphones?

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6.0
CNET May 4, 2010

The Kin One offers young people a different and fun social networking experience, but its lack of certain basic features and required monthly data plan will limit its appeal.

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6.0
PC Mag May 5, 2010

The Microsoft Kin One could have been a cute messaging phone, but it's being sold as an under-powered smartphone.

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7.0
phoneArena May 6, 2010

If smartphones are not your cup of tea today and you only want to access Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, the KIN ONE and TWO will do the job by providing a constant feed to your favorite accounts – which is basically what they are all about.

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6.0
IntoMobile May 7, 2010

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.

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10
MobileBurn May 14, 2010

I really like the KIN ONE. It took some time to warm up to it, I'll be frank, but I enjoy using the phone. I've been leaving the HTC DROID Incredible behind occasionally - so you know I'm being serious.

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7.0
jeepguynola jeepguynola

I loved this phone for all of a week before I returned it cause of the $70 monthly bill. Almost worth it for the awesome software and the magnificent KIN Studio, which I really hope will live to see another day. Not exactly a noble failure, but will always have fond memories. Oh and the tube...

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