Kin Two hands-on (photos)

If you can't bear to be away from your social-networking Web sites, the Kin Two might be the phone for you. Check out CNET's hands-on photos.

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Kin Two

The Kin Two was the second device revealed at Microsoft's event on Monday. It has some higher-end features than the Kin One, but both devices have the same user interface. The home screen is called Loop and the center pane (shown here) shows all the latest updates from your contacts.

The latest information appears at the top of the screen and is then pushed down as more news comes in. You can also share updates and news with your contacts, which we'll show you a bit later in the slideshow.
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Favorite contacts

The right pane is where you can add your favorite contacts. You can drag and drop contacts into any position, though the size of the images cannot be changed. It's a fixed layout in that sense.
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Communicating with contacts

When you tap on an individual contact, you'll be given the option to either call or text the person or you can launch the contact card.
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Left pane

Finally, on the left pane, you'll find all your device's applications, including the phone, e-mail, Web browser, and music.
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Share the news

OK, so say you want to share a piece of content that comes through on Loop. To do so, you simply drag that tile down to the green dot at the bottom of the screen. Afterward, you swipe to the right pane and choose your recipients by dragging the contact down to the green dot, just like you did previously.
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Choose your contacts

Once you hit the green dot, you'll be presented with a page like this that shows you what you're sharing and who you're sharing it with.
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Finally, you just choose the method in which you want to share and voila, it's sent. Admittedly, we weren't too sure about this sharing feature when we first saw it demoed; however, once we got to try it, we warmed up to it a bit. It's certainly unique that's for sure.
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Phone app

Here is an image of the onscreen dialpad.
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Kin Studio

Another unique and cool feature about the Kin devices is the Kin Studio service. This is basically like Microsoft's My Phone service but you can use it on any Web browser and it's based on Silverlight. Kin Studio will backup your phone's contacts, messages, photos and videos, and it can create a time line of all the photos, all the people you've been in touch with, and all the messages you've received in a time period as shown here.
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Slider design

The Kin Two also features a slider design. However, unlike the Kin One, the Kin Two supports a rotating screen.
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Top view

The Kin Two also features a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the device.

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