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Verizon's Microsoft KIN TWO Windows Phone

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the social networking functionality and design are on the whole positive. The screen and camera are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the build quality. The apps and reliability get negative views.

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

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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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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 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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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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Sydney's Microsoft KIN Two review | PhoneDog

 

Overview The Good: Capacitive touchscreen; great e-mail client; Zune music player; 8 megapixel camera with easy uploading to Twitter, Facebook, etc.; all-around great high-end featurephone. The Bad: Disappointing as a social-networking device;...

Capacitive touchscreen; great e-mail client; Zune music player; 8 megapixel camera with easy uploading to Twitter, Facebook, etc.; all-around great high-end featurephone

Disappointing as a social-networking device; $30/month data fee (same as a smartphone)

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Verizon Kin Two Review

 

There is a lot of buzz about Microsoft's new Windows phones Kin One and Two. They're built by Sharp and run on Verizon's 3G networks. What are they exactly? Tough to say…It's not quite a smart phone and its a little more than a feature-phone. It's a...

Form, camera, cloud storage, Zune integration ; The Bad: UI is buggy and unintuitive, no expandable memory, social networks are very limited, expensive

UI is buggy and unintuitive, no expandable memory, social networks are very limited, expensive

Microsoft may be on to something with this new niche of “social phones”, but they still have a ways to go. The UI is still very buggy and unintuitive. Using it does not feel natural at all and certainly takes some getting used to. Microsoft needs to...

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Microsoft KIN Two for Verizon Wireless Review

 

The KIN devices have been out for a little while now, and we know that there's many reviews out there already. In fact, SlashGear's got a review from Chaim Gartenberg who, for all intents and purposes, fits right into Microsoft's targeted demographic...

The KIN prevails due to very exact things: the battery, Zune, the keyboard, and we’ll even include the KIN Studio. However, there’s enough issues with the aesthetics of the User Interface, and the fact that it’s caught somewhere between a featurephone...

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Review: Kin Two

 

Microsoft's new Kin Two on Verizon Wireless is a social networking magnet with a style all its own. Did Microsoft sacrifice too many features to bring this youthful smartphone to the masses? Find out in our full review.

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