What Microsoft Didn’t Do Right with The Kin

Before I start off with the not so good stuff, Microsoft has decided to kick off the Kin phones with a sweepstakes.  On the new Kin.com site, Microsoft is giving away 50 new Kin Phones, between now a May 12th.  Open to U.S residents only, there will be 25 grand prize winners, each package will consist of two Microsoft... Read More…


Both MS Kin phonesBefore I start off with the not so good stuff, Microsoft has decided to kick off the Kin phones with a sweepstakes.  On the new Kin.com site, Microsoft is giving away 50 new Kin Phones, between now a May 12th.  Open to U.S residents only, there will be 25 grand prize winners, each package will consist of two Microsoft Kin phones (the Kin One and the Kin Two) and a Zune Pass subscription for one year.  So not 5o winners, but 5o phones in all.  You can enter at the official Kin site, www.kin.com/talk.  Good luck!

Now to the not so great part of the article.  Microsoft’s new super friendly, social networking messaging phones will be based around the texting and typing.  This should really appeal to the teens and young adults, that spend a lot of time on those main social network sites.  But what Microsoft didn’t do was make the phone appealing to anyone else.  They have omitted some really important features and options.  Here is a list of what they forgot to include.

1. No 3rd party apps or games
2. No instant messaging
3. No calendar program
4. No GPS navigation
5.No picture sharing with Twitter (Facebook yes)

No 3rd party apps is strange, seeing how Microsoft has their Windows Marketplace for Mobile.  No instant message.  It is what it is, but some people converse on AIM or WLM, it’s all part of the network.  No calendar isn’t that bad, I don’t know how many teens use a calendar app.  No voice guided GPS, but you can get directions from Bing Maps feature.  The biggest loss is no picture sharing with Twitter. Look how easy is it to send pics via MMS, email, or upload to Facebook from your phone, and how many of use Twitpic or yfrog? Some of us use it on a daily basis.  This is something Microsoft needs to fix before the Kin phones are released in May.

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