Kin One and Two reviewed

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  1. Florin

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    Engadget got their review out.

    Not terribly good news for Tegra then.
     
  2. Rys

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    I'm actually a fan of the Kins, although I could take or leave the Two if it were me. The One seems like a really slick experience from what I've seen, and I don't buy the biggest criticisms from all of the major reviews I've read (most centering on the data plan pricing, rather than the hardware or software or how both come together in use).

    The UI is pretty slick and coherent, it seems fast, and all the major selling points seem nailed. I think the reason they haven't reviewed well is because those doing the analysis are all die-hard superphone fans and can't wean themselves off of high-end HTC devices or iPhone enough to understand what Microsoft were attempting.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Kins did a 'PSP' and just quietly sold in good volume without disturbing the major players, with buyers really enjoying the experience.

    As for the hardware, I don't think Tegra brings anything to the Kin party that a bazillion other SoCs would have done in its place. So it's not a great advert for NVIDIA's hardware, agreed, but their neither does it really need to be.

    Would love to use a Kin One for real just to check though.
     
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    The Kin seems like a last ditch effort to compete in an already saturated market. I dont see how it surpasses the iPhone, Droid or Blackberry.
     
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    They're not even trying to surpass the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry. They are trying to address a completely different market, the Sidekick market so to speak and not the smartphone market. It's somewhere between a featurephone and a smartphone, but it's certainly not a dumbphone either. Time will tell whether such a market really exists though.
     
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    Problem is, it is a disappearing market, and the pricing is square in the smartphone territory. The so called featurephone/sidekick market existed only because the smartphones of the time were so expensive, we now have smartphones that are FWA.
     
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    The Kin series is cancelled.

    Word on the street is they sold about 500 in all of the USA.
     
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    That many? Anyway, I hope they recycle the Kin Studio service, that thing showed potential.
     
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    lol 500!? I cring to think how far in the red the P&L's for this venture was.
     
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    Man that's one ugly phone.

    I will say that phones with keyboards are fairly popular for people who text a lot.
     
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    To [strike]compute[/strike] completely make up some numbers:

    Microsoft bought danger for $500,000,000.
    Assume their ongoing sidekick revenue roughly offsets the post-acquisition R&D expenses
    Assume generously that they moved the 10,000 units mentioned in the Ars article

    Comes out to a loss of $50,000 per unit sold.
     
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    Welp, I got that one pretty wrong :lol:
     
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    Please tell me you're predicting a Spain win this Sunday Rys ;)
     

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