I was in the process of writing a post about Windows Phone 7 and I was going to add a quick side note to say that it hasn’t gone beyond my notice that Microsoft has also announced another line of phones. After it got longer than a quick side note, I thought I’d make a separate post…

Although I don’t like the names (Kin One and Kin Two), and I really want a phone that I can make my own by installing 3rd party apps and the like, I’m still quite intrigued by the Kin devices. I could totally see my step-daughter using one, and if I’m being honest, I’d probably get one as a 2nd phone for myself if I had that kind of spare cash lying around by the time they reach the UK on Vodafone. The Kin Two has the better spec, but I can’t help finding myself curiously attracted to the Kin One.

I particularly like the Kin Studio which is online storage that all of your photos and videos are automatically uploaded to from the Kin device. If you then what to share one of them, say via Facebook, the Kin will intelligently send it to Facebook from the Studio rather than uploading it again from the phone and taking up more bandwidth. It’s a neat system and means that your content is always backed up off-device. If you’re at all interested, I’d recommend checking out some of the videos from, like this one:


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