Microsoft launches social networking phones Kin

By Shekhar Sahu on 09 May 2010 5:22 AM

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Microsoft KIN  The Next Generation Social Phone, Windows 7 mobile

Last month, Microsoft unveiled its smartphone 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 the 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 the very sensitive capacitive touchscreen, supporting Sidekick's flipping gestures. KIN offers advanced functionality like HD Video playback and Recording, HD for the phone. You can shoot high definition image from its KIN One's 5 MP  and KIN Two's 8 MP cameras. Both have CMOS sensors for low light and LED Flash.

Microsoft KIN One or Pink Turtle the square shaped phone available with verizon wireless image

Social Networking

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 an existing one.

Microsoft KIN Two or Pink Pure the horizontal slider phone available with vodaphone soon photo

KIN Studio

The cloud-based OS allows you to directly upload/store your contacts, text messages, images and HD videos to KIN Studio. Everything in your phone is backed up in KIN Studio. The server of KIN gives you unlimited storage capacity, unlike Flickr. The matter to think about 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.
The email client supports all popular emails and both the 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

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

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 are becoming very popular because they are very pretty and compact. Even some local brands have already marketed the square shaped phone, maybe the imitation of KIN.

Do you like this phone? What do you want to see more in KIN?

Shekhar Sahu

11 comments for this post

The features of Microsft KIN are cool especially about the socialnetworking and the price is also high .If it supports games then it will be good for users who like playing games.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

I was unaware about this. It is cheap too.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

They may be thinking that teenagers like to play games in XBox or PS only.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:56 AM  

thanks for the information the information provided by you is so useful and very informative and very useful thanks for posting this .

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

Thanks for the great KIN write up! I just wanted to stop by and let you and your readers know that you can go to to learn more about the KIN and follow along with 'The Journey' on our Facebook page to see the KIN in action.



Kin Outreach Team

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 4:55 AM  

Thanks Todd for coming in and putting your comment.

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

Wow Really informative blog

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

This is the very interesting mobile world and by this, we are using many features operate in any place and any time.....

Posted on October 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

Thanks for this nice and informative post

Posted on October 24, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

Thanks for this nice and informative post

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

thanks for the information the information provided by you is so useful and very informative and very useful thanks for posting this .

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

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