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Kin One

Kin Two
"My phone is my lifeline. My social glue. My next of kin."

Microsoft today unveiled its "Project Pink" phones which are aimed at the growing social networking scene. The new phones are now known as the Kin One and the Kin Two.

With more people becoming more addicted to social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, it's only natural that Microsoft would want in on a piece of the action with a mobile device specifically targeting the sector.

The new phones are geared more towards a younger audience; specifically teens and young adults. Microsoft calls these “young folk” that want to keep in contact with their acquaintances, celebrities they follow on Twitter, and really close friends "sociologists".

"Windows Phone 7 is about simplifying your life," said Robbie Bach. "Windows [Kin] is about amplifying your life."

The new Kin phones are based on a Windows CE core, sharing similar design themes, but not the full-fledged general purpose operating system capabilities of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system.

The Kin phones will also naturally integrate with the Zune Marketplace which will serve up and music and video content -- music can be streamed to the Zin One and Kin Two over Wi-Fi or 3G. However, if you're looking for Xbox Live gaming -- as seen in Windows Phone 7 -- you'll need to look elsewhere. And just in case you were wondering, there's no support for third-party apps, Silverlight, or the ubiquitous Adobe Flash.

The Kin Spot, which is invoked by a green button on the keyboard, brings up a little green dot on the screen. You can drag status updates, photos, videos, and events to the Kin Spot and instantly share it with your friends via Facebook, email, MMS, etc.

The Kin Studio allows you to see your phone on the internet using any browser. Your contacts, photos, videos, text messages, and calendar events are all web accessible using a simple user interface. It also serves as a huge online backup database for your phone -- so if your phone is lost, everything is easily restored from an online backup. Microsoft also sees the web as an extension of your user storage, so the 4GB or 8G of storage on the Kin One and Kin Two respectively shouldn't really matter all that much to the end user.

The Kin One is a tiny phone with an equally tiny QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the bottom (portrait view). The Kin One features 4GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera (with LED flash), a mono speaker, and a QVGA screen. The Kin Two is a larger phone with a more traditionally-sized smartphone screen and a landscape keyboard. It features 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP digital camera, stereo speakers, and an HVGA display.

Both the Kin One and Kin Two feature 3G radios, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. Verizon will be the exclusive carrier for both phone in the U.S. when they launch later this May. Pricing is not yet available.

Microsoft definitely thinks that it has an audience with these phones, but we can't help but think that these two phones will end up being snapped up mostly by tweens and teenagers who'll be texting away in class. That being said, it seems as though young adults (as pictured in all of Microsoft's press materials and Kin video footage) would want a more full-featured phone like a Motorola Droid, iPhone, or Windows Phone 7 smartphone to carry around with them instead of something that is just geared towards social media.



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For the kids
By JasonMick (blog) on 4/12/2010 2:13:46 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The new Kin phones are based on a Windows CE core, sharing similar design themes, but not the full-fledged general purpose operating system capabilities of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system.


Less features than no multitasking, no customizable home screens, no memory cards, and no copy and paste (especially essential here, considering the social networking aspect). And what's with the tiny screen?

I guess this might be a decent "phone" for kids, but anyone over about 13 or 14 should be smart enough to want a better phone if they're going to pony up their money (or their parents' money, perhaps) for a "smart" phone.

One of the few good things I can see coming out of this is the data backup, which is a nice idea from an ease of use perspective (though a bit scary from a privacy perspective). And more competition is always a good thing. But this is incredibly far from the "iPhone/Blackberry/Android killer" that some were touting the pink project to be originally.




RE: For the kids
By PrezWeezy on 4/12/2010 2:30:12 PM , Rating: 5
Why? This seems like a perfect phone for a young teen. With the fact that you only keep your phone for 2 years anyway, 10-15 year olds can use this. And with the ability to "see" the phone from a web browser, I can only guess that means that a big-brother parent would love this.

They designed a phone for young kids to play with, that's all it's for. It's not for us who want something more functional.


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/12/2010 3:03:26 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
that a big-brother parent would love this.


A parent is not being a “Big Brother” when they keep tabs on their 10 to 15 year olds… They are just being a parent.

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 3:07:54 PM , Rating: 5
+1 QFT.

The 4th and 5th amendments begin in my house when you turn 18.


RE: For the kids
By bodar on 4/12/2010 4:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Mt Dew... snarfed... can't breathe... send help... and more Dew


RE: For the kids
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/12/2010 3:07:58 PM , Rating: 4
I didn't get my first cell phone until I started driving (16). Sounds reasonable enough to me.

Damn kids are too spoiled these days anyway. Why the hell does a 10 year old need a cell phone?


RE: For the kids
By freeagle on 4/12/2010 3:50:35 PM , Rating: 1
Apart from the parents wanting their kids to be reachable at any time, the sooner the kids get in touch with modern technology, the better. Kids have incredible talent for learning. Their knowledge of the devices will surpass their parents' very quickly. Which I see as a plus, as it will give them advantage when the time comes for them to become productive or when a new technology comes around. There is no bad or useless knowledge/skill.

Or in other words, why not?


RE: For the kids
By mckinney on 4/12/2010 4:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Microsoft calls these “young folk”


We all know the best way to get in touch with kids is to call them "young folk".

Old Man: What are you "young folk" doing today?" <puts teeth back in>
or
Old Man: Will one of you "young folk" help me with my diaper?

I agree with Brandon, rather than put this thing on a $30 a month data plan, I would rather buy my kid an Iphone or an Android. Even at $100 with a 2 yr contract, the cost of ownership will only be $100 less than an Iphone or Android. Does this have an app store or games to download?


RE: For the kids
By geddarkstorm on 4/12/2010 4:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
At least Microsoft didn't call them "younglings".


RE: For the kids
By mckinney on 4/12/2010 6:16:37 PM , Rating: 1
Using terms like "kin" and "young folks", I think this will be huge in the backwoods of Kentucky. There is probably a 12 year old asking his dad to buy one cuz he is planning to text his marriage proposal at the next family reunion ;)


RE: For the kids
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/12/2010 4:16:54 PM , Rating: 2
Using a computer, yeah I can understand that -- but kids already have access to computers at an early age. Using a computer is a critical part of being productive in society, and learning to use one is important and quite beneficial. However, anyone can use a phone -- hell, a three year old can probably dial 9-1-1 to save a parent's life in the case of an emergency.

But that doesn't mean that they need a cell phone tethered to their waist in elementary school and middle school.

And by becoming productive, I assume you mean sending 10,000 texts in a month while in class, ignoring everything else in life -- the typical life of America's youth these days. What a friggin' waste!

Parents these days are way too soft IMHO and give into anything their kids want.


RE: For the kids
By BobT on 4/12/2010 6:04:09 PM , Rating: 3
While I completely agree with you that the kids do not need phones and that parents are wrong to give them phones, I don't see this as the parents being too soft.

I believe the real reason is because they are AFRAID. This is at least what I get from parents that I have spoke with that give their children phones. Americans have been conditioned now for over 8 years to be cowards and to dutifully sit in the corner and cower in fear of the next attack.

Politicians and the press both hype any little event into a huge theoretical threat to all mankind. Excellent example last week when a dumb fool makes a joke and they scramble jet fighters and alert all aircraft and airports everywhere. People really need to go back and reread Aesop's fable about the boy who cried wolf and relearn a lesson they forgot.


RE: For the kids
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/12/2010 8:05:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the fear part. The media and politicians do everything in their power to instill fear into the viewer -- especially when it comes to their kids.


RE: For the kids
By freeagle on 4/12/2010 6:30:15 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
And by becoming productive, I assume you mean sending 10,000 texts in a month while in class, ignoring everything else in life -- the typical life of America's youth these days. What a friggin' waste!


Then you assume wrong. I'm quite surprised you even considered I meant that... however, you might be surprised what all that texting might bring them in the future. You again assume it will be of no use and that it's a waste. Well, their world is different than the one you had when you were their age. When they'll become adults, their world will be different than the one you are living in now. Everything you do makes you better at something. So does the texting. You have absolutely no certainty, that it wont be usefull to them one day.

On the other hand, the same is true for the opposite


RE: For the kids
By MadMan007 on 4/13/2010 3:34:10 AM , Rating: 1
So the $64,000 question is, at what exactly does txt'ing and social network media make one better?


RE: For the kids
By Luticus on 4/13/2010 9:29:07 AM , Rating: 1
Perhaps people/communication skills? Ever hear the phrase "it's not what you know, it's who you know"?

I'm not suggesting that we let our children run wild on these sites... hell i hate them, but don't write something off just because you can't see a benefit or don't understand it. Growing up people thought i was a waste because i spent a great majority of my time on the computer and now it's my lively hood and I'm out earning both of my parents back when they were working.


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/13/2010 10:39:20 AM , Rating: 2
I don’t know for sure how directly valuable texting is. But on the larger front, kids these days have access to play games and talk randomly with other kids from all over the globe. I personally find that amazing.

Think about it, when we were young, the main way we learned social interaction with our peers was to play together on the playground. If you grew up in a culturally homogenous area, you only learned how to interact with people just like you. When I grew up as a small kid in rural Iowa, I thought all black people were doctors and lawyers because that what I saw the Huxtables’ doing.

Now, kids can play games with (the main mechanism for them to learn how to interact with their peers) with anyone from all over the world. A child in Kansas has the opportunity to get to interact with a kid from Taiwan, and vice versa. An Arkansas white boy can text and communicate with a peer in Mumbai, India.

When we were kids, the joke/fear was that if your parents weren’t careful, they might not catch you while you made that call to China (soaking them with a huge long distance bill.) Now, parents should be encouraging their kids to make that call.

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By 91TTZ on 4/13/2010 3:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like a bunch of dot-com era feel good nonsense that you'd see in a Microsoft or Cisco commercial.


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/14/2010 11:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
Think what you will. Feel free to raise a closed-minded little yokle that can aspire to own a pickup truck just like his buddies and hold the view that his local red necks are the top of the evolutionary ladder because they know how to hook up a trailer to a ball hitch.

I, for one, am making good use of the net’s ability to easily bring all kinds of different culture to my children so they can have a sense of what is really out there in the world.

(Sorry if I offended any of you red neck hill-billys that *still* haven’t figured out you need to lift the handle *before* you drop the hitch down onto the ball…)

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By freeagle on 4/14/2010 12:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
(Sorry if I offended any of you red neck hill-billys that *still* haven’t figured out you need to lift the handle *before* you drop the hitch down onto the ball…)


if you didn't before, you did now :)


RE: For the kids
By 91TTZ on 4/15/2010 2:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
It is your post which sounds closed minded. It makes you sound like a limp-wristed liberal. You've conveniently labeled all those who are against this sort of thing as being rednecks.

Unfortunately, I grew up in NJ, never owned a pickup truck, and work as a systems engineer. I'm aware of all these things but I haven't drank the cool-aid as you have. I hope it makes you feel better about yourself.


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/12/2010 4:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
I learned about a lot of things because my parents let me use their stuff. I didn’t get my own stuff until I could buy it myself. There is a very distinct difference between the two and it is a lesson that a lot of people, unfortunately, never received from their parents.

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By mrzed on 4/13/2010 1:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
Learning technology is easy if you have the foundations (reading, writing, solid family relationships, emotional maturity). Giving kids early access to technology does not give them an advantage compared to having them play outside, talk with their family at dinner, use their imagination to play with creative toys, role play, etc.

I work in IT, but my kid will not be having a computer or TV in his room, he gets minimal TV/Video (1-2 hours a week) and he will not have a phone until he is old enough to go out for the evening on his own. He does however have all the time I can spare him, music, books, good food etc. I have no doubt that if/when he wants to learn to use technology he'll catch up to and quickly overtake the kids raised on a diet of texting, constant television, and mcnuggets.


RE: For the kids
By safcman84 on 4/13/2010 8:25:40 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Damn kids are too spoiled these days anyway. Why the hell does a 10 year old need a cell phone?


My - future - kids will have cell phones as soon as they are old enough to use one.

However, it will be on a limited contract.

why would I want my kids to have one I hear you ask? So I can contact them or vice-versa in an emergency. Once I missed my Mum when she came to pick me up after school (misunderstanding of where I was supposed to meet her). My parents spent 6 hours in a panic looking for me (though I think my Dad was more pissed cause I made him miss his wine tasting session he was supposed to go to with his work!! lol). Lucky I was intelligent enough to go to the border guards - I live in France but went to school in Switzerland - and wait for them there. The border guards let me use their computer database (not sure if that is allowed normally) to search for my Neighbours phone number, call them and ask them to leave a message for my parents back at home.

So I basically spent a pretty cool afternoon with the border guards, got a ride in one of their vans with them (armed escort!!), used their computer and one of them brought me some food that his wife had cooked while my parents where running around everywhere (until my neighbours managed to get in touch with them).

2 days later i got my 1st cell phone (i was 12 years old).......


RE: For the kids
By Dr of crap on 4/13/2010 10:57:05 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry about your story, but THAT is the exception.
Yesterday they came out and gave us REASONS yet again to NOT spank your kids.
The American parent is being restricted to only talking to their kids. You can't even raise your voice anymore, or someone will look at you like your some kind of monster for yelling at your kid. I'm from the spanking era. And I know most of my generation was hit. And I survived and I am fine, AND I turned out that way BECAUSE I has disiplined by getting hit. YOu knew that if you stepped out of line, your butt was going to hurt. It's worked for thousands of years, and now we do TIME OUTS.
You look at the kids from the last 20 years and most show no respect to parents or authority. I blame that on TIME OUTS. Sporting games are played, not keeping score, so no one will feel like they are the looser.
No kid under 13 needs a cell phone. Both my kids didn't get one until they were 16 and could drive.
I've seen 5 year olds in the store on a cell. They have nothing important to say, it's just a toy. (and I do mean toy, for they are to little )
YOUR kid does not NEED the lastest electronic piece that comes out. Don't be so soft, be the parent.
There I've let off my steam!


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/14/2010 11:50:59 AM , Rating: 2
No offense, but spanking was just an easy way out for our parents too. Yes it was still much better than no discipline at all, but not as good as disciplining kids without hitting them.

Believe it or not, but you *can* discipline your kids with pounding on them. It just takes a lot more effort to do.

Believe me, I’ve had the desire to do it myself, but smacking your kids isn’t the right way to parent, it’s just an easy way to half-ass-parent your kids.

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By Suntan on 4/14/2010 11:53:30 AM , Rating: 2
-Edit-
discipline your kids without pounding on them

-Suntan


RE: For the kids
By Smilin on 4/14/2010 4:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
Spanking is really only useful on kids who are not old enough to reason or on kids who are old enough but the situation does not allow time for reason.

Example: The following phrase is much better said after the post-whipass crying has subsided than after the detonation..."now son, have you thought carefully about what will happen when you light that fuse?".


RE: For the kids
By blargsoup on 4/13/2010 9:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
indeed


RE: For the kids
By deputc26 on 4/12/2010 10:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
The Kins

"A smartphone with training wheels"

...and nobody likes training wheels.


RE: For the kids
By callmeroy on 4/15/2010 3:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'd give you a 6 if I could...its nice in this current society of excuses and non-responsibility (accountability I guess is a better word to use) that some folks still get it....

So I guess when the social norm seems to be "do whatever the hell you want....and oh yeah let your kids do whatever the hell they want"....THEN being a decent parent is suddenly supposed to be a bad thing.


RE: For the kids
By callmeroy on 4/15/2010 3:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'd give you a 6 if I could...its nice in this current society of excuses and non-responsibility (accountability I guess is a better word to use) that some folks still get it....

So I guess when the social norm seems to be "do whatever the hell you want....and oh yeah let your kids do whatever the hell they want"....THEN being a decent parent is suddenly supposed to be a bad thing.


RE: For the kids
By callmeroy on 4/15/2010 3:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
ACK...I hate when it double posts on ONE button click!


RE: For the kids
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 5:01:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
But this is incredibly far from the "iPhone/Blackberry/Android killer" that some were touting the pink project to be originally.


Who was touting this as an iPhone/BB/droid killer?

You must be thinking of some other over-hyped-page-long-but-with-one-sentence-of-infor mation article that YOU wrote in the past.

Just because you hype Jason doesn't mean that we fall for it.


RE: For the kids
By pirsquared on 4/12/10, Rating: 0
RE: For the kids
By jvillaro on 4/13/2010 12:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
Gossip girl (and her fans) must be having a wet dream right now


It's not made for you.
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 2:45:42 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Microsoft definitely thinks that it has an audience with these phones, but we can't help but think that these two phones will end up being snapped up mostly by tweens and teenagers who'll be texting away in class.


It'll sell like hotcakes to teens.

My wife is gonna dig it too. All she does is text and facebook and doesn't really need a full smartphone.

Win7 phone for me. Kin1 for her. Done and done.




RE: It's not made for you.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/12/2010 2:50:27 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
My wife is gonna dig it too. All she does is text and facebook and doesn't really need a full smartphone.


Until she starts playing around with your Windows Phone 7 smartphone and then she'll start complaining :) Or at least that's what happened with my wife. When we got married, I got an iPhone 3GS and she got a regular "slider phone" because she said she didn't care about all of that other "crap" that the iPhone did.

10 months later, she's practically begging me to give her my iPhone when the fourth gen model comes out :)


RE: It's not made for you.
By StevoLincolnite on 4/12/2010 3:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
10 months later, she's practically begging me to give her my iPhone when the fourth gen model comes out :)


I don't even own a phone, don't want nor need one either!
To often I see peoples lives revolve around them and miss out on what life is really all about.


RE: It's not made for you.
By freeagle on 4/12/2010 3:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, from their point of view, you are missing what life is really all about. That's why they stick to the phones and you stick to your thing


RE: It's not made for you.
By mcnabney on 4/13/2010 10:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
Actually you are completely wrong. Most people will trade features for simplicity. Why do you think the iPhone kicked Windows Mobile's ass all over the place. My wife REALLY wants this. Why? All she wants to do is talk, text, and use Facebook. That is it. I have tried getting her to use more capable devices, but she needs phones to be simple. Why do you think this was previously called Project Pink?


RE: It's not made for you.
By Smilin on 4/15/2010 10:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why do you think this was previously called Project Pink?


The project manager in charge had just gotten done hearing a song from Pink when he was questioned about a name for the project.

Really.


RE: It's not made for you.
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/12/2010 3:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
Why win7?


RE: It's not made for you.
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 4:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why am I interested in a Win 7 phone?

#1 reason: The interface. If it's anything like the Zune HD interface it will be genius.

Is that what you were asking?


RE: It's not made for you.
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/13/2010 8:30:18 PM , Rating: 2
I am. Historically, we havent really seen a lot of people desiring a windows mobile phone, given the recent options, unless it was because of some exchange-office-specific function. I guess I'll have to take a new look at Win7... I had written it off already.


RE: It's not made for you.
By Smilin on 4/14/2010 10:08:22 AM , Rating: 2
Based on Win Mobile 6.x you were wise to write it off. I'm an MS fan but those were frankly the crappiest OSes they have ever written...Yes, even worse than WinME.

When the iPhone came out they scrapped 6.x and started from scratch. When it was nearly done the Zune HD (made by a different team) shipped. The phone teams collective jaw dropped and they started from scratch *again*.

That's why you see such a big delay. At the end of the day though Windows Phone 7 is going to be the shiz.


RE: It's not made for you.
By Mojo the Monkey on 4/29/2010 10:56:47 AM , Rating: 2
Still worried about app development. Then again, as a smartphone veteran, I know its not about the volume... but getting your hands on the 3-5 good ones.


RE: It's not made for you.
By melgross on 4/12/2010 3:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow, I don't think this will sell well at all. The first model looks like a toy. If you force this on your wife, I doubt she'll be happy. Why don't you let HER choose what phone she wants?


RE: It's not made for you.
By freeagle on 4/12/2010 3:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe your wife is an exception, but sending a woman to an electronics store to let her CHOOSE a phone ( or any other electronic device ) is one of the most funny things you can encounter


RE: It's not made for you.
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 4:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If you force this on your wife, I doubt she'll be happy.


...and you're basing this on 10 years of marriage to her? A bit presumptuous don't you think? :)

quote:
Why don't you let HER choose what phone she wants?


I did already. She hates it.


Another Half Baked Idea from MS
By sapiens74 on 4/12/2010 2:27:24 PM , Rating: 1
Why can't they unify their products?




RE: Another Half Baked Idea from MS
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 2:42:16 PM , Rating: 5
They did.

That left them painfully maintaining backwards compatibility and interop while their competitors who were clear of such restrictions innovated circles around them.

You'll now see one-off products like the Kin and Courier that were not designed from the ground up to integrate with other MS products (although they may have *some* interop). You'll also see the Win 7 phone abandon backwards compatibility. You said it wasn't important when you bought an iPhone that was compatible with nothing.

You the consumer asked for this. Enjoy.


Squish
By CyborgTMT on 4/12/2010 3:49:59 PM , Rating: 3
Kin one looks like a Pre that an elephant sat on.




RE: Squish
By gralex on 4/13/2010 7:00:24 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like an iPill dispenser...


Looks like a mini Palm Pre
By Targon on 4/13/2010 7:32:58 AM , Rating: 2
The real key would be price. The Palm Pre(and Pre Plus) is a full smart phone with slider, good sized screen, multi-touch features, and pretty much is a great device. The Pixi is the smaller version without the slide-out keyboard.

So, what benefit would these Microsoft phones provide if they are no cheaper?




RE: Looks like a mini Palm Pre
By Suntan on 4/13/2010 10:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
The Pre does not have a very good keyboard if you are going to be texting all day long (I say this with one sitting in my pocket) the Pixi might be a better fit as its keyboard is a little better.

Honestly though, the demographic they are going for (teens) do not care about the same features you or I do. They want the “cool” phone (remember the popularity of the sidekick.) If MS can market them properly, they will do well (which is slim to none based on MSs previous experiences with marketing gadgets like this.

-Suntan


zune unlimited?
By Iridium130m on 4/13/2010 10:17:54 AM , Rating: 2
but will it sync with my zune unlimited account? If so, microsoft may have something here...




RE: zune unlimited?
By Smilin on 4/13/2010 2:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure it will. Watching to see..


By Suntan on 4/12/2010 3:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I kind of like the look of the squarish one. If it were 10”x10” and had a 1200x900 screen in it, that would be a tablet format that I would be interested in.

Something about 1.5” thick (enough space for a USB port or two on the side) that is slightly spherical on the bottom so it can actually sit in your lap without the edges resting uncomfortably on your legs, and an optional slide out 92% keyboard for real typing.

That, I would think about buying.

-Suntan




By 91TTZ on 4/13/2010 4:13:18 PM , Rating: 2
Who the hell comes up with this crap?

All I hear are stories about kids getting hurt trying to play sports, kids getting bullied, and kids talking on social networking.

It sounds like they've become weakened, overly social pansies.




To the Author
By Kahnivorous on 4/13/2010 11:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
Objectively speaking, you should be more objective. You didn't include any of your semantics with other non-MS phones.

Not all phones have to be geared to power users, professional users, phone hobbyists, and tech-curve fans. If you're at all familiar with mobile marketing trends, then you know where this is aimed which is obviously not you.




My phone is my lifeline.
By Phoque on 4/13/2010 7:48:06 PM , Rating: 1
I got it! While reading this headline "My phone is my lifeline", I realized the full potential for the following device names:

myPhone
myPod
mySlate
myKin
myIdea
...

How could Microsoft miss that? Do you think Apple would have sued? The Kin is not that bad either.




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