Microsoft Kin One and Two are surprising little devices in more ways than one. For one they are the first mobile devices from Microsoft’s stables and neither of them are powered by the Windows Phone series. But, trust me, that isn’t such a bad thing.
In fact, the unique operating is one of the biggest strengths of the Kin handsets. It has been built from the ground up by Microsoft to make social networking pain free and enjoyable. It’s easy to see the demographics that Microsoft is targeting. The Kin phones are attractive looking handsets, which can’t compete with a top of the line smartphone, but both of them have plenty to please a teenager. Kin One and Two integrates Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, snaps pretty decent photographs and videos and provides access to unlimited music, if you have a Zune pass.
Unfortunately for the Microsoft, the Kins go wrong in the one area that youth oriented devices can’t afford to go wrong – pricing. At first glance, they may appear to be sweet deals. Kin One costs just $49.99 upfront, while the more feature packed Kin Two is available for $99.99. However, the real deal breaker is Verizon Wireless’ voice and data plans, which will set you back by at least $70 per month. On top of this, you will have to shell out extra for a Zune pass. Unless Verizon makes drastic amendments to their voice and data plans, I would recommend staying away from Microsoft’s debut offerings. They are interesting devices, but they don’t merit the absurdly high cost of ownership that Verizon is demanding.