WM Experts In-Depth KIN Review
"In looking at the Microsoft KIN, we've taken a look at the design of the KIN and the KIN's software. In this last part of the review, we pull everything together and look at the KIN's performance. As was mentioned at the start, while the KIN is a Windows Phone I don't think it was ever intended to take the place of a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7. However, after using the KIN for some time now, it is a good alternative for someone wanting more than your standard feature phone but less than a Windows Phone running Windows Mobile."
WM Experts has been spending some serious time with the Kin lately - first they looked at the design, then they looked at the software, and in this third part, they're looking at the performance, camera, and other aspects of the product. What I find quite fascinating about KIN reviews is that, generally, the geeky reviewers who look at phones all the time aren't very impressed with KIN...but younger people using feature phones all seem to think it's a pretty cool system. And the younger, feature-phone using market is exactly whom Microsoft was targeting. I really like Matt Miller's work in this article, and in this one, where he involves his teenager daughters in testing the products. I still maintain that Microsoft and Verizon really screwed up with the pricing of the data plans, but from a product perspective, Microsoft's KIN team seems to have really nailed it for the target demographic they're going after.