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Unboxing the Kin One and Kin Two

Last week the friendly folks at Verizon sent me not one, but two review units: the Kin One and Kin Two!

Both devices are made by Sharp and run a social networking-centric OS based on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft.

The hardware is of typical modern smartphone fare, with a capacitive touchscreen, a full set of radios and sensors (3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS & accelerometer), and a physical landscape slider keyboard…

Kin One features a smaller 320×240 pixel display, a 5 MP camera (with auto-focus, LED flash & SD video recording), and 4 GB of built-in storage. Kin Two features a larger 480×320 pixel display, an 8 MP camera (with auto-focus, LED flash & HD video recoding), and 8 GB of built-in storage.

The software is – let’s not mince words here – interesting but flawed. That’s my impression after a couple days. The user interface is not very intuitive, despite some good concepts. Some basic apps are missing: there’s no calendar or IM client.

Even social networking support – Kin’s raison d’être – is lacking. There’s no direct message support in Twitter, for example. To make matters worse, the whole experience is often sluggish and buggy.

An then there’s pricing. The devices require a smartphone data plan, putting them out of reach of the intended audience. At least Kin Studio, a website that allows you to manage the content on Kin devices, is quite nice :)

Take a look at my unboxing pictures (slide show) and videos (one and two):

2 thoughts on “Unboxing the Kin One and Kin Two Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for the great unboxing of the KIN! I just wanted to stop by and let you and your readers know that you can go to to learn more about the KIN and follow along with ‘The Journey’ on our Facebook page to see the KIN in action. Feel free to send any questions you might have about the KIN my way, I would be more than happy to help.



    Kin Outreach Team

    • @Todd, please do me a favor and post a link to this unboxing post on your Twitter and Facebook accounts… And if you can, also put it on the main Kin page – thanks!

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