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10+ Features Microsoft Kin Smartphones Lacks


Microsoft Kin is the latest buzzword in town right now (of course, only for geeks). Earlier I reviewed about the features and specifications of Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two smartphones.

Believe me, some of its features are really great for smartphones. But to our dismay it lacks some good features too.

In this article I’m going to reveal 10+ worthy features missing in Microsoft’s much expected smartphones.

Close your eyes.. 😛

Microsoft Kin One and Two Smartphones

Microsoft Kin One and Two Smartphones

1. No Instant Messaging : Microsoft said that the target audience of Kin will have texting as the primary means of communication. But they need to understand that there are lot of people who communicate in modes other than Twitter and Facebook. Yes there no IM client!

2. No third-party apps : All the smartphones have apps. For example Apple iPhone has tonnes of apps and they are counting, same for Android phones and BlackBerries.

3. No microSD support : Microsoft Kin smartphones are not compatible with microSD cards. Neither of the devices supports microSD cards. Memory will be restricted to 4GB and 8GB according to the models.

4. No Games : Came to know that it is not possible to play games on this much expected smartphone. Kin phones will not support games! 🙁

4. No calendar app : You can’t share your calendars with others since there is no in-built calendar app, but you can use online calendars. Bonus feature : You can set an alarm! 😛

5. No GPS Navigation : Even though you can get directions using Bing maps, turn-by-turn navigation is not part of Microsoft Kin Smartphones.

6. Bad Twitter support : Microsoft Kin One and Two won’t allow its users to share photos and videos via Twitter. WTF? Then why are they calling it as social networking smartphones? And what is the use of good cameras?

7. Not Using Windows 7 Phone OS : Since the Windows 7 Phone operating system is under construction, the Kin smartphones are based on current Microsoft mobile technology. So they won’t run Windows Phone 7 when it releases.

8. More Phones On Market : Well the price is not that much expensive, but we can get some cool Android-based smartphones for the same price. Think twice! Act wise!

9. Only On Selected Networks : Microsoft restricted the limitation of the Kin One and Kin Two smartphones to selected networks only.

10. Flash Support? It is a million dollar question whether the smartphones will support Adobe Flash or Microsoft’s own Silverlight.

11. No Universal Inbox :To view e-mails from another account, you need to go out of the inbox you are currently viewing and then go to the other account’s inbox. This feature is also missing in Apple iPad and but to my surprise, iPhone OS 4.0 has this feature.

I also compiled a list of missing features in Apple iPad before. Now tell me, what’s your opinion about these missing features? 😉


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    • Tini | Inzone Internet

      No IM? That’s weird. You think something that pricey would have everything a laptop could do, only smaller.

    • postadd

      Microsoft Kin One and Two Smartphones is very exicting this mobile look are different

    • TechChunks

      I kind of like the smaller version! 🙂

    • Share Text

      Great post! This phone is definitely missing a lot of cool and important features. No games?? That is ridiculous. People love to play games on their phones.

    • samuel

      lol haha its sounds funny!!!!!!!!!!! nice features!!!!

    • prasanna

      lacking too many !!! good information !!!

    • Chethan

      No microSD support??? Is This a Smart Phone??

    • Marlene

      I wouldn’t be surprised why these phones are not giving names in the market. People are more keen to more advanced phones. Microsoft should improvise.

    • Directory Sieve

      No games, No GPS, No happy users!!

      i mean seriously, no games? this will put second thoughts in every buyers mind, personally am not a big game fan, that being said am already having 3 game windows minimized right now 😛 but what about those crazy game lovers, they will surely be dissapointed big time…

    • Siddhu

      😀 million dollar question on flash support 😀 hope i can get the million dollars by guessing … I say they’ll support both 😛

      • S.Pradeep Kumar

        Nopez, sorry you are not lucky enough! 😛

        Neither of the Kin phones will support Flash (or Microsoft’s own Silverlight, for that matter).

        This excerpt found on majority of popularity sites.

        Do you oppose this? 😀 If you have enough evidence, I’ll remove or modify that point! 😛

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