Microsoft Kin Two: Conclusion

June 20, 2010 by Michael Morisy Reads (8,750)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

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

CONCLUSION

Microsoft KIN TWOThe Kin Two couples good hardware and a competitive entry price with glitchy, poorly executed features and recurring monthly bills that are hard to justify with the current offering.

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.

Pros:

  • Solid hardware that’s sturdy and sleek
  • A chance to integrate your social networks into one place
  • Good web browser

Cons:

  • 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

 


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