In-depth KIN ONE and KIN TWO Review

PhoneArena has posted a fairly in-depth review of the KIN ONE and KIN TWO handsets yesterday with lots of info of a camera sample for you to check out. Some interesting bits are also found in there like the fact that video’s capture in HD on KIN TWO can’t be synced to the KIN Studio over-the-air because of their size so the user will have to plug-in his handset to his PC via USB to manually upload them. What is worrying though is the quality of the web browser which is based on the IE Mobile version found in Windows Mobile 6.5.3; loading performance is said to be abyssal and rendering is only passable (takes a while for the page to re-render when zooming). Windows Phone 7′s browser is supposedly based on a newer version (based on IE 7 and some IE 8 ) that will hopefully don’t suffer from all those drawbacks (performance in the CTP Emulator isn’t really great right now tho…). KIN’s saving grace may come from the upcoming update that are scheduled to be pushed before the end of the year (and more in 2011).


Here’s their conclusion:

If there is anything going for KIN, it has to be its tight integration of social networking that envelops users to take notice of its keen strengths in that department. First of all, the KIN ONE is quite a compelling piece of hardware which can be attributed to its hockey puck looks, but we feel it is more suitable for sending a plethora of messages thanks to its good QWERTY keyboard. Conversely the KIN TWO is the better device for those who’d prefer some more impressive specs, but lacks a decent QWERTY to get the task of sending messages. Even though there are faint similarities between KIN and Windows Phone 7, the question that remains unanswered is why would someone go with this over the all encompassing features of Microsoft’s next platform? Sure it does a swell job in quickly getting you in contact with the people you care about the most by easily sharing a myriad of content with them, but its lack of depth in being a well balanced platform makes it stand below some of its feature phone counterparts – specifically the lack of organizer functions, YouTube, IM, and some generic apps. Although it would be a nightmare for Microsoft to just stop the experience now and how it currently stands, we bet that in time there will be additional updates to the KIN platform to make it stand toe-to-toe with some of the elites out there. Moreover, it’s pricing plays a pivotal role in how it’ll become adopted by consumers. Despite the fact that both phones are priced below $100, it makes it one hard purchase to consider with the knowledge of some pretty decent smartphones encroaching on its turf. Having in mind you’ll have to pay for a monthly data package of at least $30, we believe that there are better alternatives to the KINs right now, such as the cheaper Palm Pre and Pixi, which are smartphones and have much, much greater functionality. And if you don’t mind adding some more cash to your initial purchase, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you getting the Android 2.1-powered HTC Droid Incredible or Motorola DROID, which are incomparably better devices. However, 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.

Source: PhoneArena