The lack of an application store, basic functionality like a calendar or calculator and connections to Microsoft competitors like Google’s YouTube all chip away at what could have been a revolutionary platform.
Microsoft stated that, with the Kin, they were developing a phone that sits somewhere between so-called “feature phones” that offer the basics and a full-featured, pricier smartphone, but with the Kin Two, they’ve managed to capture the worst of both worlds, often underperforming low-end phones when it comes to capability while charging more than a typical smartphone if you opt for the Zune Pass subscription.
- Solid hardware that’s sturdy and sleek
- A chance to integrate your social networks into one place
- Good web browser
- A glitchy, buggy interface that feels like it was never used by its primary audience
- A high monthly bill, particularly for Zune Pass subscribers
- Missing standard phone functions like a calendar and calculator