Microsoft Kin One: Conclusion

June 2, 2010 by Michael Morisy Reads (16,021)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 5
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 3
    • Value
    • 3
    • Total Score:
    • 5.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

CONCLUSION

Microsoft KIN ONESharp has delivered wonderful hardware to Microsoft at an affordable starting price, but the software and pricing plans hold the Kin One back. While it is just $50 to buy the device, it requires a 2-year service agreement with at least a $39.99 voice plan and $29.99 data plan. Text messaging plans could easily add $20 and a Zune Pass is another $14.99, leaving users paying almost $105 a month for the Kin One, before taxes and fees are factored in.

That’s a high price to pay for a device that just barely edges out other feature phones, particularly since it grossly under-performs other similarly positioned “social phones” like the Motorola MotoBlur line, which not only offers better social networking integration but also basic functionality including maps and instant messaging.

Pros:

  • Wonderfully designed hardware that’s both fun and comfortable to use.
  • A sneak peak at the future of the Windows Phone line
  • Access to tens of thousands of streaming songs via Zune Pass integration

Cons:

  • An operating system that doesn’t try to do much, and still under-delivers
  • A monthly bill that dwarfs the initial investment
  • Spotty network performance even in strong coverage areas

 


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