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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dsr1205, Jun 30, 2010.
Edit: RiP kin, we hardly knew thee
WTF is a Kin anyway? I don't understand it!
Its microsofts now killed series of phones. It was a "featurephone" or "dumbphone" that pretended to be a smartphone. The two Kin phones and their respective OS was only out for two weeks and sold supposedly only 600 seriously
This should be a page on Facebook. "I'm getting a Kin. LOLjk Microsoft discontinued it."
Who? What? when and where are you gonna get one?
I see that "ex-girlfriend" commercial every two seconds.
I thought it was funny! I am getting REALLY tired of those commercials!
So if you factor in how much they spent on advertising, versus how many they sold (I heard 600 somewhere too), that makes the KIN quite possibly the most expensive phone ever produced.
I worked with the company that helped with original development with Sharp and MS. Glad I left when I did because that was a epic failure of a phone!
I never understood the Kin. The appeal is the cloud-based OS, with Facebook/Myspace/Twitter functions. But why not just get any smartphone? You have to pay a premium for the Kin each month, so it's a total rip-off since it's not even a smartphone.
The funny part is that when the "pink" project (later named Kin) was started they were claiming that it was going to be a iPhone killer. I laughed my ass off at that one. I kept my iPhone in my pocket to avoid a lynching.
There have been a few "iPhone killers" the past couple years and they all went down in flames. iPhone may not be for everyone, but I think as far as the real smart phone market goes, it's here to stay.
This really made me lol! The kin was dumb though. Besides, who would give away the secret location for the ?uestlove concert? I mean, I thought the point of it would be to keep it small and personal, ugh!
RIP Kin, you always be remembered as "Wtf is that? Gkad I have my iPhone".
I knew the kin was going to fail since day 1. What were they thinking?
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I just googled the Kin. This is the first time I've even heard of it!
Wait, they stopped making it? Why the hell do i keep seeing ads for the thing then? They sure spent a lot of money advertising it to just discontinue it. I mean I knew it was going to fail and fail hard, but it seems they did too and just liked to throw money away on it (why bother with all that if you are only going to give it two weeks?!).
I still don't get the point of the phone, I even looked it up to see what it did. I have no clue how they thought that would sell...
I just don't get it.
I wish I could say the same. Even with TiVo, I have seen too many of the stupid commercials. Good riddance!
They made the announcement today. The commercials will peter out shortly.
They're not stopping production yet, they're just not doing a release anywhere else in the world anymore.
Never even heard if it.
'never released in europe' that may explain why then.
What a complete disaster, for any normal company they would probably be facing bankruptcy now.
Reviewers have highlighted a number of notable omissions from Kin's initial feature set:
Kin has no calendar or appointment application, nor any ability to sync with Outlook calendar or Google Calendar. Some commentators have suggested that a social phone should be able to share a social events calendar.
Kin is unable to Instant Message (IM), or use any IM client, which is considered odd for a phone built for messaging, and aimed at the youth market. It was discovered that the ROM inside KIN contains the foundation for an IM system supporting AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, but it is not currently operational. It was speculated that future revisions of KIN would enable instant messaging.
There is no spelling correction or predictive text input on the Kin.
There are no MicroSD or memory expansion slots.
Kin will not sync or transfer contact lists from some non-Microsoft services (eg Gmail and Yahoo! Mail). It only syncs contacts from Windows Live and Facebook accounts. A workaround is available to sync Gmail contacts via the phone's Exchange functionality.'
Kin does not support uploading photos or videos to Twitter. Retweets, direct messages, viewing single person updates, and opening Twitter links from the Loop are also not supported.
The Spot cannot be used to send content to social media sites.[3
It seems they didn't really think anything through on this phone, also going after iPhones main Market (teenagers) was a terrible idea.
Has any other phone failed this quick? I saw this thing advertised a lot the past few weeks. I just assumed every 12 year old would have one soon since they were pretty inexpensive.
Not what I read. I just looked it up and they are stopping production and are claiming they'll help verizon on getting rid of the rest of their inventory.
Can you have a phone that requires a data plan on a pay as you go pay plan? Cause if I were Verizon and I had these phones that weren't being sold before they were discontinued, that's how I'd get rid of them. I think they might actually be appealing to the pay as you go crowd. I could be wrong on that though.
Microsoft is the corporate equivalent of a headless chicken.
I have to admit when I saw this thread appear earlier I told myself I wouldn't post at all and avoid it, but it's too funny to pass up.
Good job, OP. At least some of us retain our sense of humor in this time of not being able to call people who care...
Before the news broke, did anyone notify the next of "kin"