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Microsoft Kin One

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of Microsoft Kin One. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the price and portability are on the whole positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and screen get less positive comments. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, performance, design, portability, price

apps, screen, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Microsoft Kin One is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Kin One

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 user reviews of Microsoft Kin One from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the camera and portability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Kin One Windows PhoneMicrosoft Kin One Windows Phone

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Kin One (Verizon Wireless) Review

 

The Kin One is a decent phone for documenting and sharing your life with friends, but it's missing so many features that, even now that it's offered for free, we don't think it's a great deal. It doesn't have any games or access to third-party apps,...

Unlimited cloud storage with Kin Studio, Small, pocketable design, VGA camcorder

Confusing and cumbersome interface, Social networking features make sharing tedious, Lacks third-party applications and games

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Dylan Tweney (wired.com)

Review: Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

 

Two phones from Microsoft. Two writers from Wired. Should you get either one? Read on, we'll tell ya.

Super pocket-friendly size and weight (4.1 ounces). Cute as a button. Surprisingly usable keyboard. Built-in FM tuner. Extremely responsive touchscreen

Screen too small for much reading or web browsing. Autofocus problems, especially on closeups. Video recording is only standard definition. Doesn’t integrate with Google contacts or calendar. Limited Twitter capabilities

May, 2010

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (engadget.com)

Microsoft Kin One and Two review

 

Make no mistake: the Kin One and Two are coming into the world as the black sheep of the phone industry, and Microsoft would have it no other way. Straddling the fence somewhere between a dedicated smartphone and high-spec featurephone, they've been...

Decent hardware keyboard ; 720p video recording ; Kin Studio cloud syncing

Uneven and buggy UI ; Lack of applications, even IM ; Data plan pricing too high for phone of this class

May, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

Microsoft Kin One

 

The smaller of Microsoft's new social networking phones (the bigger and stronger model is the Kin Two), the Kin One has a slick and intuitive user interface, but the hardware is middle-of-the-road and the phone can sometimes be sluggish. Additionally,...

Versatile camera ; Intuitive user interface

Clunky design ; Software has some limitations

This social networking phone doesn't have the most appealing design, but the slick and intuitive user interface makes up for it--almost.

May, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

Microsoft Kin One Phone Review - PCWorld

 

The Kin One doesn't have the most appealing design, but the slick and intuitive user interface makes up for it--almost.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: phonedog.com (phonedog.com)

Microsoft Kin One and Two (Verizon) - Review Pt 2

 
Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Brighthand (brighthand.com)

Microsoft Kin One Review

 

Microsoft's Kin One is an inexpensive consumer-oriented phone created for people who are looking for a device for texting, social networking and music. Michael Morisy brings us this review.

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

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

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Michael Morisy (brighthand)

Microsoft Kin One Review

 

Microsoft's Kin One is an inexpensive consumer-oriented phone created for people who are looking for a device for texting, social networking and music. Michael Morisy brings us this review.

Wonderfully designed hardware ; Access to thousands of streaming songs

An operating system under-delivers ; High monthly bill ; Spotty service

Sharp 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...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Michael Oryl (mobileburn.com)

Review: Microsoft KIN ONE for Verizon review

 

The KIN series of phones, which is currently made up of the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, are Microsoft's attempt at building a feature phone platform that offers many of the capabilities of a smartphone, without all of the complications. The KIN ONE is the...

Good physical design, slick looking UI, nice camera, Zune music player, awesome web portal

Total lack of app support, high data costs, no IM, poor battery life, no email notifications

The KIN system is broken down into three main panels: the Loop, the main menu, and contacts. The Loop is the default home screen that can be accessed at any time by long pressing the ONE's lone hardware button; its back key. The loop is where the...

May, 2010

Expert review by: (mobilegazette.com)

Microsoft KIN ONE

 
Apr, 2010
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