Microsoft Kin: The Perfect Phone for Sidekick Fans

Microsoft Kin: The Perfect Phone for Sidekick Fans

Kin’s got three headline features: the Loop, the Spot and the Studio. If you’ve checked out Windows Phone 7 and its Live Tiles, the Loop will seem sorta familiar—it’s basically your favorite people and feeds, with their statuses updated in real time (well, sorta, it’s more like every 15 minutes unless you force a refresh) on your home screen. It’s the first thing you see when you turn the phone on, and unlike a standard Twitter timeline, it has a collage-y look to it.

Like Palm’s WebOS and Android 2.0, it integrates all of your contacts from Facebook and MySpace and Windows Live. There’s no Facebook or MySpace app, because everything is integrated. Your profile picture’s on the phone, and you can update Twitter, Facebook and MySpace simultaneously, for instance. The latest status updates from the friends you actually like show up in the Loop, but you can also deep dive into their profile, swiping to the right, where you can see all of their info from Facebook or MySpace or whatever.

The Spot is one of Pink’s unique UI features—a dot, or spot, I suppose, permanently affixed at the bottom center of the screen, you drag anything you want to share, from websites to photos to videos to status updates, down to the Spot, along with the people you wanna share it with, and it’s zapped over via the medium of your choice, like MMS or Facebook or email.

The Studio is the online portion of Kin, a website where all of your info is backed up, and you can view it like a timeline, with photos, messages, videos, call history and more arranged in grouped collages. Built on Silverlight, it’s oddly perhaps the most impressive part of Kin, creating the most seamless phone-to-PC-to-cloud experience ever. Everything—every photo, every video, every message—is backed up in full resolution, with geotagging (so you can view all your photos on a Bing map), to Studio. (Which means that 8GB of storage goes a lot farther than it would otherwise, since the cloud is your storage.) Every change, like adding contacts, you make in Studio is automatically synced to your phone. And it can do just about everything your phone can, like share via the Spot or check out the Loop. Simply put, Studio is the model for what an internet-connected phone experience should be like.

Ένα τηλέφωνο με δυνατότητες social networking αναμφίβολα παρουσιάζει μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον, το γεγονός ωστόσο ότι αυτές είναι και οι μοναδικές δυνατότητες του θέτει κάποια ερωτήματα όσον αφορά τη θέση που διεκδικεί στο ολοένα και αυξανόμενα ανταγωνιστικό περιβάλλον των κινητών τηλεφώνων.

Το μέλλον θα δείξει!..

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