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Microsoft KIN TWO

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Pros
  • Decent hardware keyboard720p video recordingKin Studio cloud syncing
Cons
  • Uneven and buggy UILack of applications, even IMData plan pricing too high for phone of this class
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User Reviews

50
soren121
NOTE: I have the KIN TwoM. Hardware-wise, it's the same as the original model....read more
80
cobb55
Great little phone with WiFi and no data plan... Zune Player. Decent keyboard....read more
70
techspce
Overall as a feature phone, it is the best on the market. As a smart phone...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
65
Average user Score

Reception and call quality

80
 

Display

55
 

Battery life

80
 

Camera

20
 

Ease of use

75
 

Design and form factor

70
 

Portability (size / weight)

75
 

Media support

75
 

Durability

70
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

30
 
 
50
soren121
NOTE: I have the KIN TwoM. Hardware-wise, it's the same as the original model. But since Verizon is now selling it as a featurephone, Microsoft stripped all of the social features, including Facebook, Twitter, RSS, KIN Studio, and The Loop. It's now been rebranded as the KIN TwoM.The KIN TWOm probably the best imitation smartphone on Verizon, although that is far from high praise. You know what I'm talking about: the featurephones that aspire to be smartphones by adding touchscreens and bad touch UIs.As far as design goes, the KIN Two is pretty decent in hardware and software. The UI is somewhat intuitive, just by its relative simplicity, and the hardware is a standard touch QWERTY slider. The screen is cheap, both in feel and look. Colors are somewhat dull, blacks are okay for a backlit LCD. The UI feels laggy and unoptimized.The messaging "app" is threaded and sorts conversations by contacts. There is no auto-suggest, no SMS signatures, and no character counter. The keyboard is laggy, and if you type too fast, it's more than likely that the phone will miss quite a bit. You have to proofread your texts all the time.The camera is atrocious. It's no better than the tiny 2MP cameras found in old clamshell phones. It has an 8MP camera, and I shudder to think of how bad the KIN ONE's camera is. Colors are dull and muddy. Pictures are always soft and unimpressive. It's very slow to take pictures. Video is even worse: although it claims to do HD video, it really can't. Try to record anything with moderately fast motion and the phone will freeze up for a few seconds.The Zune app is essentially the same as it is on the Zune HD, minus apps and the marketplace. It supports Zune Pass streaming, but limited to WiFi only (a wise decision, as the phone is available without a data plan.) You can sync it with the Zune PC software. Not sure about the WP7 Connector for Mac.The other "apps" are nothing special. They have the bare minimum functionality to qualify for the names they have. The calendar is a pain to use. Email fails to load HTML emails and sometimes even fails to load text emails, and it is slow to sync emails. Alarms and the calculator work fine.Don't buy this phone. You will regret it.
 
80
cobb55
Great little phone with WiFi and no data plan... Zune Player. Decent keyboard. Great Battery. Excellent Video camera, acceptable camera. Crappy Speakerphone. Free on Verizon
 
70
techspce
Overall as a feature phone, it is the best on the market. As a smart phone as it originally came out as, not so much. I love the form factor and how solid the keyboard slider is. Also the whole front is a glass pane. That is my favorite part about it because it gives it a sexy look. It does make it a little slippery though. It's a bit sluggish, but it is blazingly fast compared to your standard feature phone. I'd recommend it to anyone. However, I don't believe they sell them anymore, but they do sell the KIN Onem which is very nice as well. Same critiques on a smaller screen and a portrait slider.
 
70
andrewjyale
I go this phone because it was the only verizon phone with wifi that did not require a data plan. I have been kind of disappointed by it though because the screen is a little laggy as well as the keyboard. It is pretty easy to use with all of the "apps" but that also removes some of the functionality you might have otherwise. Overall a pretty good phone but not what I was looking for, on top of all that doesn't even have all of the wifi protocols, and I cannot connect to my campus wifi.