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4 years ago

KIN Un-boxing

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KIN Un-boxing

It looks like the KIN has taken center stage today with regards to Windows Phone news.  Earlier today, Microsoft released pricing and confirmed availability.  We are now seeing a few un-boxing (or should I say un-tubing) videos surfacing for the KIN One (bottom sliding keyboard version).

Initial impressions are that the phone is small and probably feels better with the keyboard extended.  Speaking of the keyboard, it appears well spaced and with the clicking sound that is evident in the videos I would imagine the keys aren't soft to the touch.  The touch screen seems to be fairly responsive but a fingerprint magnet.

It's difficult to properly gauge this Windows Phone without having it in hand but based on the videos, the KIN's OS seems a little cramped.  Items seem to blend together with little separation.  Maybe it's the smaller screen or that I'm used to the larger Windows Mobile environment.  If we can get our hands on a review unit, we'll have a full review up to give you all the highs and lows of this new phone from Microsoft.

Following the break, you can see the initial set-up for the KIN. It has a comprehensive set-up that will import contacts, emails, and appointments from your Windows Live account or help you setup a Windows Live account.

[via: wmpoweruser.com and intomobile.com]

 

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4 years ago

KIN Pricing Announced

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KIN Pricing Announced

We've heard rumors that the new Microsoft Windows Phone, the KIN, would be available for pre-order on May 6, 2010 and in stores on May 13, 2010 through Verizon Wireless. Microsoft has now confirmed these dates and released pricing information on the two KINs.

The KIN One (bottom sliding keyboard) will be available for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and contractual discounts. The KIN Two (side sliding keyboard) will be available for $99.99 after the $100 mail-in rebate and contractual discounts.

The pricing is a little bit of a surprise in that the Touch Pro 2 from Verizon is running $79.99 (with discounts/rebates). Granted the KIN is focused for a slightly younger audience, one would think the pricing would be more competitive. You can find the full press release from Microsoft here.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 reportedly running Windows CE 7

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The reports of Windows CE being dead are apparently highly exaggerated. Or so say's Olivier Bloch, Microsoft Embedded technical evangelist.

Bloch not only reports on his blog site that Microsoft will offer CE support for at least ten more years but also that Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows Embedded Compact 7 core (something many have already suspected). Beyond that, Bloch doesn't get into too much detail but promises, "Lots of good things are coming. Stay tuned."

It is anticipated that the Windows CE 7 will provide support for such features as dual core support, WiFi locating systems, and Bluetooth 2.1.  With this news, one has to wonder how closely related Windows Phone 7 will actually be to Windows Mobile.  It also may be an indication on what the future of Windows Mobile might be.

[via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

The HTC HD2: A dead end phone?

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The HTC HD2: A dead end phone?

We ran across an interesting review (with accompanying video) on the T-Mobile HD2 over at the Wall Street Journal's Personal Technology site. The review refers to the HD2 as a dead end phone because it runs Windows Mobile 6.5 (as opposed to the upcoming Windows Phone 7).

Agree or disagree with the review points, it does present an interesting question. Is the HD2 a dead end phone? Microsoft has repeatedly stated that Windows Mobile would continue to be developed but are you buying a phone with a severely limited life-span? Does Windows Mobile become obsolete when Windows Phone 7 hits the market?

My guess is that Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6.5.xx will continue to have a strong following.  We just need to find a way to get the HD2 on a few other networks.

What's your thoughts?

[read: ptech.allthingsd.com]

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4 years ago

Short Take: SPE Mini-USB Car Charger w/USB Port

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4 years ago

Review: SPE Protective Case for Tilt 2 / Touch Pro 2

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Review: SPE Protective Case for Tilt 2 / Touch Pro 2

Hard shell cases have their advantages but when you carry a Windows Phone with a slide-out keyboard, such as the Touch Pro 2 or Tilt 2, the choices can be slim to none. Smartphone Experts offers their Protective Case that might just do the trick if you're a fan of hard shell cases.

The cases are offered in pink, smoke or clear. The sleek cases aren't for everyone and to see if the Protective Case is for you, follow the break.

Pros: 
Doesn't interfere with the phone's functions. Slim fit.
Cons: 
Snap tabs can be tricky.
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4 years ago

Review: Wizi

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Review: Wizi

Have you ever needed to send someone directions only to get them lost? Wizi SMS makes it easy to send friends, family and associates your location, a meeting place through tiny URL links that can be emailed or used via SMS.

To see more on Wizi, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: PhotoWiz

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4 years ago

Microsoft Kin release dates

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Microsoft Kin release dates

When the Microsoft Kin was announced last month, we knew that Verizon would get the first chance at the new Windows Phone and that it would be available sometime in May.

Well, it looks like we can narrow down the Kin time frame a little. According to a leaked Verizon email, the Kin (models One and Two) will be available for pre-order on May 6, 2010 and shipped on May 13, 2010.

[via: Engadget.com]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 97

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4 years ago

More on the LG Fathom

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More on the LG Fathom

We were able to dig up a few more specs on the LG Fathom that is rumored to be headed to Verizon in May.

The Windows Phone measures 4.53x2.2x.65 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces. It should have a 3.2" 480x800 resistive touch screen, 256mb RAM, 512mb ROM, microSD expansion card slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Fathom is fitted with a side-sliding keyboard and 3.2 megapixel camera.  There is no indication on processor or battery size.

Keep in mind that the image provided by phonearena.com is likely an early prototype and the finished product (complete with Verizon branding)may have a slightly different appearance.

[via: phonearena.com]

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4 years ago

LG Fathom headed to Verizon

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LG Fathom headed to Verizon

May should be a busy month for the folks over at Verizon Wireless. The Kin, Microsoft's Windows Phone, is due to launch and now we are finding out that LG is planning to launch a new Windows Phone, the Fathom.

The Fathom is a bit of a phantom right now and what we know is very limited.  We know the Fathom will be running Windows Mobile 6.5 and have a physical keyboard but anything beyond that is a bit of a mystery.

As more becomes available on this new Windows Phone, we'll pass it on.

[read: boygeniusreport.com]

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4 years ago

Microsoft's 'Kin' phones 'crank social up to 11'

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Microsoft just announced its long rumored "Project Pink." The phones remain the same as previously leaked, but it now has an official name -- Kin. As in Kindred spirits. At a small gathering this morning, Microsoft announced Kin One and Kin Two -- "A phone designed to navigate your social life," said Microsoft's Robbie Bach.

The idea is comparable to Motorola's Motoblur on Android -- bringing all of your social networks to one easy-to-use phone in a more focused platform than Windows Phone 7. Said Bach: "Windows Phone 7 is about simplifying your life. Kin is about amplifying your life."

Kin One and Kin Two will be available soon on Verizon. More at kin.com. Full press release after the break. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Microsoft kills Courier project

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Microsoft's long-rumored "Courier" project -- a bifurcated e-reader of sorts that gained a great deal of curiosity despite never being officially announced or acknowledged, apparently has been killed. Reports Gizmodo:

We're told that on Wednesday, Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported.

Of course, we've heard this tune before. Project Pink reportedly was dead, and we now know it as the Kin. So, we'll hold out hope. But just a little. [Gizmodo]

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