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Microsoft KIN ONE for Verizon

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The camera and usability also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the apps and GPS navigation. Reviews are divided on the responsiveness.

design, usability, camera, portability, size

screen, battery, sound, GPS navigation, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Microsoft KIN ONE for Verizon is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Microsoft KIN ONE for Verizon


alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 user reviews of Microsoft KIN ONE for Verizon from 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

design, usability, responsiveness, size, camera

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Kin One Windows PhoneMicrosoft KIN TWO Windows PhoneVerizon Microsoft Sharp Kin One Cell Phone with Sync Cable and USB Wall Adapter

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Microsoft Kin One (Verizon Wireless)


The more affordable of Microsoft's two social networking phones offers a unique design but very limited functionality.

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,...

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Microsoft Kin One


As we all know, “different” does not necessarily equal “better.” Yes, the operating system Microsoft has concocted for its ballyhooed Kin One ($49.99 with rebate and two-year contract) and Kin Two ($99.99 with rebate and two-year contract) phones, made...

Clever social-network-centric OS ; Mirrors all activities and auto uploads photos to Kin Studio Web site ; High-quality 5 MP (Kin One) and 8 MP (Kin Two) camera with flash ; 4GB (Kin One) 8GB (Kin Two) built-in memory ; Light, sleek, stylish...

Cluttered, claustrophobic OS ; No third-party apps ; Slippery exterior ; Unintuitive music player ; Hard to get high-quality video off phone ; No external memory card slot

Does an amped-up Sidekick have a place in 2010? Microsoft hopes to find out with the Kin One and Kin Two.


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Microsoft's Dynamic Duo Make Social Media More Mob...


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

Free and automatic browser-based phone backup. Easy sharing of photos, videos and web pages

Lack of apps and games. No easy way to access maps. El cheap-o design. No calendar or alarm. No onscreen keyboard

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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.

Hardware keyboard ; Unique design ; Kin Studio cloud-based syncing

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

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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.

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Kin One (Verizon Wireless)


In April 2010, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Project Pink and introduced two new phones targeted at the younger generation of social butterflies: the Kin One and Kin Two. However, the reveal was shrouded in questions and doubt rather than...

The Kin One offers easy access to contacts and social networking sites. The One and its sibling, the Kin Two, are the first Windows phones to feature the Zune multimedia experience, including Zune Pass. The Web-based Kin Studio backs up all of your...

The Kin One has a small display and can be sluggish. No calendar app or IM clients. User interface can be a bit overwhelming and has a bit of a learning curve. You can't upload photos to Twitter

The Kin One offers young people a different and fun social networking experience, but its lack of certain basic features and required monthly data plan will limit its appeal.

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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.

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Microsoft Kin One (Verizon Wireless)


The Kin One's small form factor is appealing, but the 2.6-inch, 320-by-240 capacitive touch screen kills the attraction. There's just not enough room on this screen: you can see two e-mail subject lines (as opposed to five on the Kin Two), six menu...

Cute. Built-in Zune. Automatically backs up photos and messages

Cramped screen. Not really a smartphone, but priced like one ; Watch the Microsoft Kin One

The Microsoft Kin One could have been a cute messaging phone, but it's being sold as an under-powered smartphone.

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Microsoft KIN ONE and TWO Review


The death of the long Sidekick line of handsets aimed at the hip, young, and connected individuals brought on the birth of Microsoft's foray into the market of manufacturing their own set of devices that contrasts closely to what the Sidekick tried to...

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Review: Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two


Microsoft strives to find a new hold in the cellphone market.

Unique design ; Decent battery life ; Background sync with Kin Studio ; Loaded with social networking features ; HD video on Kin Two

Lacks app store, integrated navigation app ; Slow browser, no tabs ; No memory slot ; Calendar and event sync omitted ; Feed links have to be opened in browser ; Lacks IM client ; Requires smartphone plan

Despite Microsoft's healthy market share in the smartphone arena several years ago, the Windows Mobile platform has failed to hold its ground against competitors such as the iPhone and Android. While everyone still waits for Windows Phone 7 -- Micros

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