Review of KIN Two


A couple weeks ago I took a look at the Kin One from Verizon Wireless, today I have the Kin Two which is sort of the same phone, but just a lot bigger. The larger size of the Kin two makes it a much easier phone to use, both with the touch screen and the keyboard, and since it’s larger it accommodates a higher capacity battery and there’s even a better camera as well. So let’s just jump right in..

No Video for you today, just the regular pictures..

The Kin two comes in a round box similar the Kin One, just a different color really.


Inside you’ll find the phone, USB cable, USB AC Adapter, Headphones and manuals.

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The main difference between the phones is the size and basic specs, the Kin Two is more of a ‘regular’ sized phone or smartphone.

The Kin Two features a better camera, larger screen and of course a larger keyboard.

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On the sides you’ll find power button, camera button, volume, USB jack and headphone jack.

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Full Retail Price: $429.99
Price with 2yr contract: $199.99
Online Discount: -100.00
Your Price: $99.99

KIN is a phone that keeps up with everything that’s going on in your life –and lets you share more of your world with the people who matter the most.

Stay connected with the latest updates from your friends on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, along with your favorite websites directly on the KIN Loop home screen. And make sure your best friends come first by adding them to your Favorites, so their updates, posts, and photos will appear more frequently in the Loop.

The KIN Spot makes it easy to share almost anything with almost anyone, all in one place –and its always right there when you need it. Plus, there’s a 8MP camera with LED flash that takes amazing pictures and video –even in low light –and posts or shares with just one touch.

* 3.4″High res TFT, QVGA (320×240), Capacitive Touchscreen
* Slide–out QWERTY Keyboard

* Bluetooth Profiles supported: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, AVDTP, AVCTP

* 8.0MP HDR CMOS Anti–shake, Autofocus, LED Flash, Image Stabilization, HD (720P) Video

* Dual Band CDMA2000 1xRTT / 1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
* Memory: ROM: 8GB, RAM: 256MB DDR
* Dimensions: 4.38″ (H) x 2.36″ (W) x 0.64″ (D)
* Weight: 4.7 oz
* Usage Time: Up 365 minutes OR
* Standby Time: Up to 232 hours
* SAR: Head: 1.29 W/kg; Body: 0.755 W/Kg

The Kin Two is essentially the Kin One, just resized but it does seem a lot faster and snappier with no sluggishness or slowdowns of any kind.

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Battery life is vey good, I went a couple days without charging, it seems better than the Kin One.

Call quality is very good as well, and since it’s a larger phone it’s more natural than the shape of the Kin One.

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Web browsing seems faster and of course on the large screen is a much more enjoyable experience.

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The Zune experience is the same, it’s the Zune interface and I like it..


The settings for the Kin Two are all the same, no changes here..

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The keyboard lights up when open, but it’s rather dimly lit, in the dark it works though. It’s larger of course and that makes it easier to type on as you might expect.


The camera on the Kin two seems better than on the Kin One, but I don’t like the camera button placement at all, it just seems to be in the wrong spot and it’s hard to take pictures with it. You can of course use the touch screen to take a picture, but then they aren’t as good, using the mechanical button allows it to focus and you get a much better result. Here’s a few samples at various distances:

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Here’s two of the same picture, the first I used the touch screen button to take the picture and the second one I used the regular button on the side of the camera:

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As you can see there’s quite a big difference in them, yes it takes longer using the button but it’s worth it. Like the Kin One, the camera while focusing is rather loud though.

Video quality is still not that great even though the camera is better, if you want good quality vide it’s best to shoot outside in very good lighting condition and hold the camera still.

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The Kin Two is pretty much the same as the Kin One with a few changes here and there, most importantly it’s bigger and that makes it a lot easier to use.

Like the Kin One there is no external memory slot, so you’re stuck with whatever memory the phone has, and that isn’t much really. The Kin Two also cannot transfer pictures via the USB cable unless you use it with the Zune software, like I said with the Kin one review I don’t understand why it can’t be recognized as a portable storage device and just get the picture that way. You can also let the picture upload to the kin website and then you’ll have to download them from there, but that’s much more time consuming.

Using the touch screen is fine, though at times it doesn’t seem like it wants to do what you want it to do, it might take more than one swipe to get it to move.

Audio quality is not the greatest, I expected it to be better, but it’s on par with other phones. Considering it has the Zune software built into it I expected much better audio quality, it’s rather hollow and not that loud really.

If I had a choice between the Kin One and the Kin Two I would pick the Kin Two as the size makes it a much more finger friendly phone for everything you’ll want to do.


+Zune built-in
+Great messaging phone
+Seems well made
+Decent battery life

-No external memory
-Camera button placement is not good
-Not exactly easy to get photos and videos off phone
-Audio quality is worse than expected


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  17 comments for “Review of KIN Two

  1. Mike_KINoutreach
    May 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the review Kristofer!

  2. JeeBee
    May 27, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Good lord, that is an interface for the ADD generation.

    Seems the Tegra can just about manage a 320×240 display. It’s a high RRP for what you get compared with many Android phones.

  3. Todd
    June 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the great coverage of the KIN! I just wanted to stop by and let you and your readers know that you can go to to learn more about the KIN and follow along with ‘The Journey’ on our Facebook page to see the KIN in action. Feel free to send any questions you might have about the KIN my way, I would be more than happy to help.



    Kin Outreach Team

    • Freya
      June 30, 2011 at 5:08 am

      Webpage is no longer available

  4. zel
    August 2, 2010 at 4:37 am

    i havee the kin two and i am still wondering if you can type on the touch screen without useing the keypad

      July 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      I don’t think you can:(
      which makes NO SENSE but still it’s over all a great phone!

  5. emma
    December 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    i heard you cant fwd messages on the kin 2
    is this true?????

    • LaceyJayne
      April 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

      Yes it is true.

  6. Captnswife
    January 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I bought the KIN TWO and am still trying to figure out to to work the darn thing. It would have been nice had it came with some decent instructions. The touch screen is very tempermental, and it never seems to work the same way twice. I think the battery life is so good cause you don’t spend any time using it!! I see Todd below thinks he knows how it works, when I have some time I may try him…so far all I can do is make calls and txt with it!! It takes great pics as well.

  7. HI im a person
    January 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I am 12 to and have been experiencing lots of problems. Such as not getting music,data and photos transferred to my phone without paying for Zune, Having it turn off without me telling it to, No games or apps at all, Also this phone was discontinued 6 weeks after release. Not the best phone i advise you not to get it. Which is why my dad is cancelling my Kin Two plan and getting the iPhone 4 A much better choice.

  8. Dollfaycex003
    January 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Sometimes when i look at my pictures, theres pictures taken of my text messages and other previous screens i was on, but i have no idea how i ever took that picture..someone help?

    • HI im a person
      February 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

      it takes it by its self which is why i do not like this phone.. Its horrible get somethin better

  9. Amber
    March 13, 2011 at 3:51 am


  10. March 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    i was wondering do you now how to add ringtones to the kin two

    • meyoulove
      July 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Ikr I really want to add my own

  11. March 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    i was wondering do you now how to add ringtones to the kin two

  12. meyoulove
    July 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I hate it how you have to take the battery out of my kin its very hard>:(

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