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A day with the Kin (photos)

CNET's Ina Fried and Microsoft's new Kin spent 24 hours trying to get along, with mixed results. Here's a visual look.

Ina Fried
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Unboxing the Kin Two

Taking the Kin Two from its unique round packaging, I was excited to get my hands on the thing and put it through its paces.

Although it was fun at times, it also proved quirky, and not always in a good way.

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Reading about itself

Among the first photos I took with the Kin was this shot of my initial blog on using the Microsoft phone, which goes on sale May 13 (May 6 online) and is exclusive to Verizon Wireless. The lower-end, squarish Kin One sells for $49 after rebate, while the Kin Two I tried out sells for $99 after rebate.
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A Web-eye view of the phone

The Kin Studio is one of the coolest features of the Kin, allowing one to see all of their photos, text messages and call logs from the Web in a timeline view.
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On the grid

The geotagging feature, when enabled, allows one to view all of their photos on a map, as seen here.
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Back on the bus

The Kin Studio also provides a nice view for looking at individual shots, such as this image taken from the crowded Mission bus on my way to work on Wednesday.
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Zune built-in

Another selling point for the Kin is its built in Zune player which lets one listen to music or videos they have bought from the Zune Marketplace. An added feature, only on the Kin, is the ability to listen to music not on their device but streamed over the 3G cellular network.

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