It was clear from the start of Monday's
Whether you call them "lifecasters," the "upload generation," or people who just can't shut up, the handsets are aimed squarely at twentysomethings who text around the clock and spend much of their lives on social networking. I'm not disparaging either Kin at all--I'll save real assessments for the official CNET review--but I can say with all certainty that I'm just too old for them. Sure, I use Facebook and Twitter, and I text probably more than I place voice calls, but I don't want those features to define my phone.
For more on what CNET thinks of the Kin One and Two, check out .
I had the same realization three years ago
My biggest issue is the very busy user interface. I like to keep it simple in that department, which is why I initially approached
I'm glad that you can the program Loop with only your chosen contacts, but I'm also hoping that the Kin handsets will offer deep levels of customization for the feature. MotoBlur was much easier to use after, so maybe the same will be true here.
Though they're not for me, I recognize that the slick designs and social-friendly features of the Kin phones will entice members of another generation. On the other hand, I wonder if that younger set will really be satisfied with a "bridge" device that straddles the gap between basic handset and full-fledged smartphone, particularly since Verizon will require some sort of data plan. Twenty-year-olds may love to text and Facebook, but they can do both on devices like the iPhone or the
What do you think? Will the Kin handsets be a hit?