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Microsoft Kin One

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of Microsoft Kin One. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and price. The performance and design also get good feedback. The GPS navigation and reliability get critical comments, and there are some mixed opinions about the size.

usability, design, performance, price, portability

screen, apps, reliability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Microsoft Kin One is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Kin One

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 user reviews of Microsoft Kin One from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Comments about the camera and portability are generally positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Kin One Windows PhoneMicrosoft Kin One Windows Phone

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Ginny Mies, (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft Kin One review

 

The Microsoft Kin One social-networking mobile phone has a slick and intuitive user interface, but the hardware is mediocre and unattractive. Additionally, advanced users might be disappointed with some limitations within the operating system.

Right now, it is hard to estimate how well the Microsoft Kin One will do without a price attached to it. While it has some "smart" features, this isn't a smartphone. For the Kin One to succeed on the network, it should be priced to shift.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (goodgearguide.com.au)

Microsoft Kin One mobile phone

 

The lesser of the Microsoft's newest social networking phones, the Kin One has a slick and intuitive user interface, but the hardware is mediocre and ...

Impressive camera, Kin OS is easy to navigate

Looks a little dated, no expandable storage, no native calendar, no app store

The Microsoft Kin One doesn't have the most appealing design, but the slick and intuitive user interface makes up for it--almost.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Microsoft Kin One mobile phone (preview)

 

Microsoft's Kin One has slick software, but unimpressive hardware

Impressive camera, Kin OS is easy to navigate

Looks a little dated, no expandable storage, no native calendar, no app store

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Kin One (Verizon Wireless) Review

 

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,...

Unlimited cloud storage with Kin Studio, Small, pocketable design, VGA camcorder

Confusing and cumbersome interface, Social networking features make sharing tedious, Lacks third-party applications and games

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Dylan Tweney (wired.com)

Review: Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

 

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

Super pocket-friendly size and weight (4.1 ounces). Cute as a button. Surprisingly usable keyboard. Built-in FM tuner. Extremely responsive touchscreen

Screen too small for much reading or web browsing. Autofocus problems, especially on closeups. Video recording is only standard definition. Doesn’t integrate with Google contacts or calendar. Limited Twitter capabilities

May, 2010

Expert review by: Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Kin One (Verizon Wireless)

 

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

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!

What's Missing and Conclusions A short list of what's missing: no apps, no instant messaging, no calendar, and no GPS navigation. But never mind. With the right service plan, the Kin phones could still have cleaned up. The Kin One may have a cramped...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (engadget.com)

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. Straddling the fence somewhere between a dedicated smartphone and high-spec featurephone, they've been...

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

May, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

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.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: phonedog.com (phonedog.com)

Microsoft Kin One and Two (Verizon) - Review Pt 2

 
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