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|The Microsoft Sharp Kin Two seamlessly blends your phone, online services, and PC with its own software — Loop, Spot and Studio. This Kin Two phone (Verizon) has a sharp 3.4-inch capacitive touchscreen that lets you see more information at a glance. Featuring the Zune multimedia experience, this touchscreen phone lets you make the most of music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. The Microsoft Sharp Kin Two also has an 8 MP camera that enables you to capture sharp and bright pictures and HD videos. Keep in touch with your friends easily, as this Kin Two phone’s (Verizon) Kin Spot feature unites all your messages, emails, and social media in one place. Also, this touchscreen phone has a slide-out keyboard that is easy to operate, thanks to its generous spacing and backlighting.|
|Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|Battery Capacity||1390 mAh|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
Average review score based on 144 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I've had this phone for just over a year, and mostly really liked it, but only for it's main benefit: online access (wifi) without having to pay for a data plan. But before you believe that one single feature is worth the compromises you must make choosing this phone over others, consider the rest of my review and my better solution to mobile wifi without data plan.
* Limited support / replacement options - because they stopped making this phone.
* No SD card slot or any other external memory options.
* Volume buttons do not lock (so many missed calls/texts because my phone was on silent). Also pressing the volume buttons does not turn on the screen like it should, so you really will not know until you miss a call.
* No audible low battery warning while in call - so unless you stare at your screen while you talk you will not get a warning before it suddenly dies mid-sentence, mid-call. Especially a problem because:
* Takes 5-10 mins charging (from dead battery) before phone will turn on.
* No voice recorder, no notes, and get this: if someone sends you a message with a sound recording you will not be able to hear it unless you save it AS A RINGTONE. Dumb, huh? Especially because:
* You CAN save ringtones, but you can NEVER REMOVE THEM. And before you wonder if I'm wrong, know that I am quite tech-savvy, and I know this phone and it's software like the back of my hand now.
* Web browser (Internet Explorer) is so outdated that some sites can't even be viewed... and there is no way to update it.
* No Back-up assistant - personally I was willing to accept this since I had my contacts backed up on my verizon account, but when phone crashed (read below)I discovered that at some point Verizon removed my previously backed-up contacts (perhaps because I had a phone not compatible?)
* After 13 months (1 month past warranty) my phone stopped working. Powered onto the Verizon screen but never loaded it's operating system. I did choose to replace it with a refurbished phone, same kind. But that was before I had a better solution.
If you can afford a data plan, consider a smart phone. But if you are on a budget:
***Get a free or cheap feature phone instead, and invest a little in an android mp3 player. This is infinitely better!***
Sure you have two devices instead of one, but it is a much better way to get wifi access on the go without sacrificing common sense features that every phone should have. The Kin TwoM just has too many flaws.
Also with a feature phone plus a droid player you can have everything smartphone owners have (except 4G and it's $30/mo data bill). A lot of these players even have GPS, and you can get free GPS software for droid. Plus some have front and rear cameras for taking pictures of others, yourself, or video chat. and with droids limitless apps you can read ebooks, stream tv/movies with netflix, and so many other things Kin can't do. Also, listen to music WITHOUT draining your phone's battery.
I like the samsung galaxy player: starts at $149 right now, new. (I'll be paying about 200 for the one with the biggest screen, better for e-reading). But there are cheaper droid players than samsung.
If you really want everything on one device you may want to look into prepaid plans. ATT/T-Mobile had better plans than verizon, and much cheaper options for adding data packages than regular plans.
I've had the Kin Two m for about 2 months now and love it. Never has problems connecting wirelessly like some and all my social stuff works. I have 3 e-mails connected with it and was able to download my contacts from my Live account. Did have to retype name but numbers and e-mailo addresses downloaded fine using wireless. People just have to specd some time with phone. I use it a MP3 also have 5G of songs on it and plug in to jack in car which also seconds as a phone thru car speakers.
I am on the fence about the Kin TwoM. It definitely requires you to spend some time getting used to it. It really needs a user manual and you have to be willing to do your own research to really learn how to use it effectively.
On the negative side... it was really annoying to have to input all of my contacts by hand. I spent two whole days trying to read online how to get them off of Windows Live, but you can only get the numbers, which in my opinion is pointless. So if you get this phone, just suck it up, spend two hours and type in your contacts!
The phone is a little bit flimsy on the hinge and the battery life hasn't lasted as long as I would like, I have to charge it every day and I don't use it heavily so I find that a little silly. But just charge it every night and you'll have no problem.
Calling isn't straight forward. You can't close out of the call like most phones, it works more like the iPhone where you have to press on the screen to end call, but again this is just a learning curve. It is not a good phone for people with big fingers, the end button and the call icons are quite small.
I also don't like how the text screen does not automatically scroll to the bottom of the page.
Finally, I am largely disappointed by the camera. I bought this phone specifically because I wanted a phone with a good camera. I had the EnV Touch before and used my camera constantly (3.2mp). The KinTwo has an 8.0 camera!!! But its settings are not easy to use, its not a simple point and shoot like the EnV... the flash needs to be adjusted and the type of light needs to be adjusted. The auto features do NOT work like they should.
On the positive side....
The phone has a lot of great features. The Zune music app is absoultely amazing. I have switched from ITunes to Zune because of this phone, it literally is like having an iPod, only better because you can use it as a phone as well. The headphone jack is great, and it even gets local radio stations. Others have mentioned you can use this jack to hook your phone up to a car stereo and play music from it, or use the phone hands free. I think that is a great feature.
The phone has a lot of memory so it can store lots of pictures and music for a portable device.
Most importantly, you can access the internet with this phone through wi-fi hot spots without paying for a data plan. Just be cautious that you will incur data charges if you are not careful about settings. The best way to avoid settings is to turn off the data roaming and first connect to a wi-fi network prior to doing anything online. (I have not been charged for any fees yet)There is a more permanent solution if you go into the phone's settings but it makes it so you can't receive picture messages.
Overall, its a great feature phone, you don't have to pay $30 a month for a data plan but its definitely NOT the iPhone, so if you want a high end, performance phone you have to pay the monthly fee and invest in a better phone.
This phone has the potential of being something amazing! Since the apps for Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have been removed in this edition and you have to access these social sites directly from the built in browser, there is not much demand for this phone at this time. Microsoft has discontinued developing the Kin OS and apps to go with it. Despite these set-backs, this phone does a wonderful job organizing your songs and it's reception as a phone is above average. There is no voice dial feature when hooked to a Bluetooth device, but the interface is easy to navigate. As a simple touchscreen phone, this one is amazing! It does not require the data package and in my humble opinion, it is the best phone you can get without being forced to subscribe to the infamous Verizon data plan.
I Really Like this phone because it has a Touch Screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and 3G but Does Not Require a Data Package. I can access the internet Free from many WiFi HotSpots without paying at least $30 a month for 3G and I activated it without signing a new 2 year contract!
The camera has a flash and multiple settings. It takes great pictures and videos.
My daughter and I both have one and have no complaints!