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Verizon's Microsoft KIN TWO Windows Phone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the social networking functionality and design. The screen and camera are also mentioned favorably. The apps and reliability get less positive comments, and there are some mixed opinions about the build quality.

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price, features, reliability, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Verizon's Microsoft KIN TWO Windows Phone is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Verizon's Microsoft KIN TWO Windows Phone

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Verizon's Microsoft KIN TWO Windows Phone from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

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features, reliability

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Microsoft Kin TWOm (Verizon Wireless)

 

Zune Pass. Nice keyboard and screen. Speedy UI

Zune Pass is Wi-Fi and sideload only. Awkwardly placed buttons. Non-expandable 8 GB for storage

The Microsoft Kin TWOm is a good feature phone sure to please frequent texters.

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Microsoft Kin Two

 

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 Kin Two (Verizon Wireless) Review - A Review of the Microsoft Kin Two (Verizon Wireless)

 

Lightweight, Innovative Studio web interface, Zune built in

Poor integration with social networking apps, No instant messaging, Clumsy interface, No third-party apps or games, Mediocre call quality

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'Microsoft Kin Two im Test: QWERTZ-Knochen f\xfcr Social Networker'

 

'Im April 2010 hat Microsoft endlich den Schleier um Project Pink gel\xfcftet und sein Handy-Duo Kin One und Kin Two vorgestellt. Die beiden Ger\xe4te richten sich an Jugendliche, die in sozialen Netzwerken zuhause sind. W\xe4hrend eine vollst\xe4ndige...

'einfacher Zugriff auf soziale Netzwerke, integrierter Zune-Player, unkomplizierte Backup-M\xf6glichkeit'

'kein Instant Messenger, kein Kalender, \xfcberfrachtetes, gew\xf6hnungsbed\xfcrftiges Interface, schlechte Kamera'

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Microsoft Kin Two (Verizon Wireless)

 

The Microsoft Kin Two looks like a smartphone, and it's priced like a smartphone, but it isn't a smartphone. It's a messaging phone with extra benefits, which puts it in an uncomfortable place in the market. Had it been priced to compete with the LG...

Built-in Zune. Good Web browser. Web-based interface for your photos. Easy to share information with your friends

Not really a smartphone, but priced like one. Limited account integration ; Watch the Microsoft Kin Two

The Microsoft Kin Two isn't quite a smartphone, but it's a heady drug for Facebook obsessives.

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Kin Two (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 Two offers easy access to contacts and social-networking sites. The Kin devices are the first Windows phones to feature the Zune multimedia experience, including Zune Pass. The Web-based Kin Studio backs up all of your phone's data

No calendar app or IM clients. User interface can be a bit overwhelming and has a learning curve. You can't upload photos to Twitter. Camera quality is subpar. Requires smartphone data plan

The Kin Two offers some upgraded features over the Kin One, but you can get more for less with a number of Verizon's other smartphones.

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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.

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

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Microsoft Kin Two Phone First Look Review - PCWorld

 

The Kin Two impresses with solid hardware and an intuitive user interface, but glaring omissions-like the lack of a calendar and IM client-keep it from being the ultimate social networking phone.

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Microsoft KIN Two (Verizon) Review - Part 1

 

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Microsoft Kin Two Review

 

Microsoft's Kin Two is mid-range consumer-oriented phone created for people who are looking for a device for texting, social networking and music. Michael Morisy brings us a review of one[...

'Solid hardware that\x92s sturdy and sleek, A chance to integrate your social networks into one place, Good\xa0web 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

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