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Cell Phone Comparisons
Microsoft Kin One vs. Kin Two

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May 14th, 2010


Key Differences

  • 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.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Microsoft Kin One Microsoft Kin Two
Microsoft Kin One Microsoft Kin Two
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Wirefly’s Price (as of publish date) $19.99 $79.99
Carrier Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless
Operating System Kin Kin
Display 2.6″, 320 x 240 Pixels 3.4″, 320 x 480 Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 5-megapixel with flash & autofocus; SD video redording 8-megapixel with flash & autofocus; HD video recording
Front-facing Camera None None
Apps Not supported Not supported
Adobe Flash Support No No
Headphone Jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Storage Space 4GB built-in; not expandable 8 GB built-in; not expandable
Keyboard Physical QWERTY Physical QWERTY
Battery Up to 5.66 hr. usage; 210 hr. standby Up to 6.08 hr. usage; 232 hr. standby
Processor Tegra APX 2600 (600 MHz) Tegra APX 2600 (600 MHz)
Memory RAM: 256MB RAM: 256MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 3.90 oz 4.70 oz
Dimensions 3.31″ x 2.66″ x 0.73″ 4.38″ x 2.36″ x 0.64″

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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

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