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KIN's dead baby, KIN's dead

We can't say that we didn't see this one coming. When Microsoft announced the the KIN One and KIN Two smartphones in April, we were concerned that the customers targeted by Microsoft -- those ranging from tweens to college-aged adults -- just weren't gonna fall for these socially-geared phones.

It appears that Microsoft found out too late that no one was buying their story about how well these devices would be received by consumers. Today, Microsoft confirmed that both the KIN One and KIN Two are getting the axe:

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.

The chubby KIN One was priced at $49 while the keyboard-equipped KIN Two was priced at $99 (both after a $100 mail-in rebate). In addition, both phones had to be paired with a $29 data plan on Verizon's network.

In the face of such powerful (and much more capable) competition like the $99 Apple iPhone 3GS and the $129 HTC Aria, the two KIN phones never stood a chance.

Reviews gave the two devices a "meh" for the most part with Engadget saying, "Here are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn't demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those" and Gizmodo adding, "This bizarre pricing will make potential KIN buyers' minds jump from messaging phones, which the KIN compares favorably to, to thoughts of smartphones, with app stores and full mapping and real browsers."

So long KIN, we hardly knew ye.

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Hope they learned their lesson
By carniver on 6/30/2010 7:10:15 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody wants something that looks like crap, and works like crap, yet costs so much. Not even kids. We want something that looks sleek, works great, and is a bang for the buck. You've been unwise to have created this product but nonetheless, you're wise to kill it now.

There are tons of opportunities out there, things that not even Apple or google did right. Apple is overly restrictive in what they thing is right, from the GUI design to what applications can be run. Google is being too open, and ended up with a product that isn't very well defined or polished. (e.g. vendor updates, syncing).

Make a product that syncs well with Windows. Give it a stylus option, since touch screen sucks in precision. A clamshell design would be nice since I know I love it. Yes that's exactly what the Courier is. Integrate it with MSN Messenger and you'll create another monopoly, that may even make facebook/twitter obsolete.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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