Camera: Both the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two have powerful cameras with autofocus and a flash. The Kin Two, however, has an 8-megapixel camera while the Kin One has a 5-megapixel camera. The 3-megapixel difference will allow Kin Two users to print larger photos than their Kin One counterparts, but will not affect image quality. In the realm of video recording, though, Kin Two users will be able to record in HD while Kin One users can only record video in standard definition (SD).
Display: At 3.4-inches, the Kin Two's display is considerably larger than the Kin One's display of 2.6-inches. Because of its larger display, the Kin Two will offer a better web browsing and movie watching experience.
Keyboard: Both devices have a sliding physical QWERTY keyboard. The Kin One's keyboard slides from the bottom of the phone, while the Kin Two's keyboard slides from the side. Just like the Kin One itself, the Kin One's keyboard is compact but still great for texting and emailing with one thumb. The Kin Two's keyboard is larger with more space between each key, and is ideal for two-handed texting.
Storage space: The Kin One has 4 gigabytes of on-board memory (about 1,000 songs), while the Kin Two has 8 gigabytes of on-board storage space (about 2,000 songs). Unfortunately, neither device has capacity for expandable memory such as a microSD card.
Design: The Kin One is a remarkably compact and uniquely designed device that adopts a form factor that can be described as somewhat of a mix between an oval and a square. The Kin Two, on the other hand, has a more traditional design with a keyboard that slides from the side rather than the bottom.
External speakers: The Kin One has a mono speaker that will work nicely for use as a speakerphone, while the Kin Two has stereo speakers, making it a better device for listening to music without a pair of headphones. Both the Kin One and Kin Two have a standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack.
Microsoft Kin One
Microsoft Kin Two
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2.6", 320 x 240 Pixels
3.4", 320 x 480 Pixels
5-megapixel with flash & autofocus; SD video redording
8-megapixel with flash & autofocus; HD video recording
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