Microsoft KIN ONE

67
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Microsoft Kin One and Two review

Make no mistake: the Kin One and Two are coming into the world as the black sheep of the phone industry, and Microsoft would have it no other way. Straddling the fence somewhere between a dedicated smartphone and high-spec featurephone, they've been tricky to understand since the day they were first leaked (even Microsoft seemed unsure of what the devices meant until very recently). Billed as a Gen-Y (the "upload generation") social networking tool -- and sold in advertisements as the gateway to the time of your young, freewheeling life -- the Kin phones have admittedly been something of head-scratcher to those of us in the gadget world. Built atop a core similar (but not identical) to the Windows Phone 7 devices coming later this year, manufactured by Sharp, and tied into partnerships with Verizon and Vodafone, the phones dangerously preempt Microsoft's reemergence into the smartphone market. Hell, they're even called Windows Phones. But the One and Two aren't like any Windows Phones you've ever seen. With stripped-down interfaces, deep social networking integration, and a focus on very particular type of user, Microsoft is aiming for something altogether different with Kin. So do these devices deliver on that unique, social experience that Redmond has been selling, or does this experiment fall flat? We've taken both handsets for a spin, and we've got all the answers in our full review... so read on to find out!

Pros
  • Hardware keyboardUnique designKin Studio cloud-based syncing
Cons
  • Horrible, uneven, and buggy UILack of applications, even IMData plan pricing too high for phone of this class
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Reception and call quality

64
 

Display

52
 

Battery life

72
 

Camera

70
 

Ease of use

60
 

Design and form factor

74
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

60
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

40
 

How It Stacks Up

88

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88
 

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82
 

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93
 
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87
 

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83
 

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90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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88
 

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82
 

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93
 
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