Microsoft Kin reviews came out today and there is a mixed reaction which I expected.
Microsoft Kin has been an interesting concept from the beginning and I can’t make heads or tails of it. I can see the direction in which Microsoft is going but the question is whether it’s a good direction.
Most of the reviews came up with some common pros and cons:
- The software seems to be a little sluggish (hopefully a software update can fix that)
- The camera is a mixed bag. It’s good at times and bad at times
- The video is a little better but still has room for improvement
- It has Zune on it which is a big plus. The addition of Zune Pass on it adds to its advantage
- The Kin studio is great! Hopefully Microsoft can implement this software with other Windows Mobile phones
- Battery life is good
- Pricing is really sketchy: $50 (Kin One) with $100 rebate. $100(Kin Two) with $100 rebate
- Verizon Plan: $29.99 for a standard smartphone plan. Voice plan $49.99.
So do you need a Kin? Probably not. If you have kids, maybe you could consider if you have the money. But right now, I see the Kin in between a smartphone and a dumb phone (google/bing the difference).
The Kin Studio is interesting but if you’re considering a new phone purchase, hold off for now and look for more Windows Mobile 7 phones in the fall. Maybe you could pick up a Dell Lightening .
The Kin is average at best but not really a flop. A Windows Mobile 7 phone is probably in your best interest.