Last month, Microsoft unveiled its smart phone series KIN, aimed for social networking. Actually it was Microsoft's project PINK, which turned KIN later. Earlier the square shaped KIN One was codenamed Turtle and Horizontal Slider KIN Two was Pure. These phones have new cloud based Windows OS inspired by Sidekick. Microsoft acquired Sidekick in 2008. Which is very popular among teenagers. Phones are manufactured by Sharp.
The phone has very sensitive capacitive touch screen, supporting Sidekick's flipping gestures. KIN offers advanced functionality like HD Video playback and Recording, HD for phone. You can shoot high definition image from its KIN One's 5 MP and KIN Two's 8 MP cameras. Both have CMOS censors for low light and LED Flash.
You also directly upload images and videos to the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. This phone doesn't support apps. Users don't have options to choose any other social networks. They will have to satisfy from just existing one.
The cloud based OS allows you to directly upload/store your contacts, text messages, images and HD videos to KIN Studio. Every thing in your phone is backed up in KIN Studio. The server of KIN gives you unlimited storage capacity, unlike flickr. The matter to think is HD videos and images take much space and users have to pay for it. There may be some security concerns about theft.
KIN became the first phone to feature Zune, the experience of music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. With Zune pass subscription you get access to millions of songs.
Browser, Mail & Bing!
The web browser of KIN gives you desktop experience, with gesture based navigation and creating snapshots of websites you are viewing.
Email client supports all popular emails and both IMAP/POP3 server. Users can search the web an near me by Bing.
Both phones have wireless 3G connectivity, of course required for HD sharing. They also have GPS, FM radio.
KIN one and two are available from 6th may online at www.verizonwireless.com and from 14th may it will be available in Verizon wireless stores.
Kin one is priced at $49 and Kin two at $99, both after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement, this price makes KIN is a very affordable phone. Customers will need to subscribe to nationwide talk plan, know more at verizonwireless.com
KIN will be available with Vodaphone soon.
This cheap phone, having HD camera, capacitive TS with gesture based navigation will surely become teenagers favorite.
Square shaped phones phones are becoming very popular, because they are very pretty and compact. Even some local brands have already marketed the square shaped phone, may be the imitation of KIN.
Do you like this phone? What do you want to see more in KIN?