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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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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Scores

Engadget

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User Reviews

100
Pigpen330
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
70
jeepguynola
I loved this phone for all of a week before I returned it cause of the $70 monthly...read more
80
garen
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
71
Average Critic Score

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
 
 
60
Engadget
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.
 
70
Gizmodo
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?
 
90
SlashGear
A few weeks ago, Microsoft made some big headlines when they announced their latest phone, the KIN – specifically designed for teenagers. People all over the Internet had comments on it, positive and negative – but here’s a take from the target audience – an actual teenager.
 
60
IntoMobile
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.
 
100
MobileBurn
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.
 
70
phoneArena
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.
 
60
CNET
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.
 
60
PC Mag
The Microsoft Kin One could have been a cute messaging phone, but it's being sold as an under-powered smartphone.