"Kin2M-Pretty good phone (:"4.5 starson by spindledance
Pros: -Amazing capacitive touchscreen
-Easy to use keyboard
-Incredible 8 megapixel camera
-Lots of space/gb
-Very simple and easy to understand
-Great battery life!
Cons: -No forwarding messages (but you can take a snapshot and send as picture message)
-No time on text messages
-Occasional lag on calls
-No Backup Assistant
Summary: I purchased the Kin2M about a month ago after having the Env3 for a year and a half. I was reluctant to try a new phone, especially since I'd been content with the Env3 for so long, but I figured it was time for a change. I received my Kin2m in the mail. It came in a cute little cylindrical tube (organic packaging!). The phone comes with a set of headphones (comparable to the headphones that come with an iPhone) and an AC charger. Activating the phone is easy, I had no trouble with it. Big problem, though: No Backup Assistant! So if you are getting this as a phone to replace an old one, prepare to add all your old contacts by hand. I found, though, that it's not that much of a problem. Anyone you have constant contact with will either text or call you and BOOM! You can save their contact. Not that big of a deal. The phone, unlike the LG Env3, has no definitie "home screen" you could say. The home screen is entitled "Apps". You cannot download any apps, but the apps that come preloaded are: Messages, Phone, Camera, Contacts, Alarm, Settings, Calculator, Browser, Calendar, Music&More, Search, and E-mail. I'll address all apps individually. Using both fingers simultaneously you can move the apps where you want on the screen. You'll find this way of using fingers is used in many of the apps. Here we go:
Messages- The messages app is for text messages. Tap on the app and it'll open with 3 tabs at the top: messages, voicemail, and new. Your messages can only come in conversation mode and read kind of like IMs. Using the slide keyboard, you can type a message to someone by either clicking on the message thread or hitting "new" and typing in a phone number or contact name. When you call someone or your voicemail, it comes up in the message thread. Unlike with the Env3, your inbox never gets "full" (unless, I suppose, you use all your gbs) and you are free to delete your texts whenever by using the "double tap" I described before and tapping on the x's. There is no way to mass delete several threads of texts. You can't forward messages but you can take a snapshot and send as a picture by simultaneously pressing the camera button located on the lower right hand corner of the phone and the back button (the silver button in the middle of the phone). Simply go to a contact, go to type a message, click the tab that says "more" at the top and hit "add photo". The "more" button lets you add videos (you have to record the video when you hit "add video" though), contacts to the conversations to send mass messages, photos, and allows you to delete the thread. You can "lock" messages by taking a snapshot and saving them as pictures. You can not "reply with copy" but I don't see why you'd ever want to, anyway. There is no on screen keyboard. You have to use the slide out keyboard. That basically summates the Messages app.
Phone- The phone "app" is fairly simple: Tap on it and your "call log" will come up, showing all your recent calls. There's a tab that says "more" and also "voicemail" at the top. Hitting more lets you see your missed calls and allows you to clear your log of calls. Slide to the left and you open up the keypad. It's the regular 123 keypad. Just touch the numbers and hit call. Also on the slide out keypad is a button with a picture of a phone that will take you directly to the keypad. You cant have speed dials. That's the phone app!
Camera- I personally love the camera! It takes amazing pictures for a phone.Open up the camera app and you'll come to "Captured". It shows all the photos you've taken and even organizes them into categories like "Earlier" "This month" etc. There's a tab at the top that says "edit". Click on it and it will allow you to delete photos or videos that are in that area. Click on a photo and a white bar will be on the photo at the bottom showing the date. There's a button that says "add description" where you can add a description of the photo. There are to tabs at the top "More" and "Share". "More" gives you the option of "favoriting" the photo (which I'll explain later) setting it as your wallpaper, deleting it, or making it a contact ID photo. Slide to the left and you get to the camera. There's a little button on in the righthand bottom corner thats a camera. Tap it to take a picture, or hold down the camera button on the side of the phone. There are two tabs at the top: "settings" and "to video". Settings lets you adjust basic camera settings: resolution, mode, flash, and lighting. you have 3-4 options for everything. If you tap "to video" You'll come to video. A little button in the bottom righthand corner with a red dot will replace the camera button for video. You can still use the camera button on the side of the phone. It also has two tabs, "setting" and "to photo". Settings are resolution and mode, with two options for each. Video quality (at least for me) has been rather poor compared to camera quality. Now from camera slide 2 times to the right and you'll get to favorites. You can "favorite" photos and videos and they'll come to this category. The "edit" tab in the top right allows you to delete. Slide once more to the right and you'll come to "Albums". I don't lnow how yet (I haven't explored this feature) but you can create albums of your pictures and videos. The tab in the upper right lets you sort by date or by album. That's the Camera button!
Contacts- The contacts app shows all your contacts alphabetically. The tab in the upper right allows you to add a new contact. When adding a new contact you can choose a photo for them, their first and last name, their ringtone, there number(s), emails, IMs, addresses, and it even allows you to enter there birthday or anniversary with the person! (which you can add to your calendar and save as an occasion). You can add a web site, details (I don't know what that is), and everything about their work life plus notes. Pretty nifty (: When you click on an already added contact, their picture is to the left with a "call mobile" (or whatever number) to the right. Underneath the contact it will have their number and a button to the right labeled "text". Under that is all the other information you have on the contact. There are two tabs at the top right: "more" and "edit". Under more you can delete the contact, favorite them (which I'll explain later), or link them to another contact. You can edit their contact information when you click edit. That's contacts!
Alarm- Alarm is your basic alarm clock. Click on the app and unless you have an alarm set, there are two tabs at the top: "edit" and "new". Edit allows you to delete any alarms you have (the double tap doesn't work here) new allows you to create a new alarm with time, the frequency (how often you want the alarm to go off) the sound it makes, and a note to tell you why it's on. That's Alarms.
Calculator-is your standard four function calculator, and no matter whether you have the phone in landscape or portrait view, it's always four function.
Browser- Browser lets you surf the web! If you don't want to incur charges turn on airplane mode and wifi, and go to broswer. At the top is a search bard you can pull down. Type in a site and there's a .com .org or .net button that comes up to finish it. Your history will come up if you have one. The internet speeds are pretty fast. When you get to a site you have a star button next to the search bar. You can add the site to your favorites, which appear above the search bar and are like bookmarks on a regular computer, or "pin to apps". "Pin to apps" allows you to make that website pin to your homescreen apps! It's very handy for sites you frequent. That's the broswer!
Calendar- The calendar opens up to the day. if you have any events on that day they'll be there. At the top are two tabs: "more" and "new". Tap "more" to get to the month and see the months or to occasions, which show you whats going on (such as birthdays and anniversaries, etc). New lets you add a new event: When it starts, what day time, when it ends (day&time), how many times the event should be repeated, where it is, some notes on it, and the reminder. Slide left or right and you'll go forward or backward in time, showing the same thing.
Music&More-If you have Zune you can download music, videos, use zune pass (you have to pay for that), change settings, and use radio. The music interface is pretty flawless and easy to use! If you use Zune you'd understand the interface.
Search- Search allows you to search your phone for contacts or apps. on the keypad, there's even a search button next to the emoticon button!
Email- Email lets you access your default email and check your messages, and send messages. You can attach photos and videos to messages and send them to your email!
Here's some other stuff about the Kin2m you should know!
If you know the Env3 or other LG phones, they come with "tools" like notepad or stopwatch. Unfortunately the Kin2m doesn't have those. Not that big of a loss. You also can't record just voice. Sometimes there's a lag in calls that I've had. I don't know if it's just me or not. The silver button in the middle at the bottom is a back button, not a home button. Click on it and you will go back to the last thing you did. The text messages have no drafts. If you don't complete a text it will stay in the little text bar until you do. The little green button on the keypad changes to symbols and numbers. The keypad is wide and spaced out, the way I like it (like the env3). There's an emoticon button so you can add emoticons to your texts. Smileys and such. On the bottom right and left of the touch interface are two buttons. If you click on the one to the right with the time, you'll open up your service bars, the date and time, what your ringer is on, and your battery life. Tap on service bars and you can change your wireless settings. Tap on the date and time and it takes you to your alarm clock. Tap on ringer and it takes you to the quick sound profile, where you can go from silent-loud. There's also knockers on the upper right under the lock button that adjust sound. Careful in your pocket! They're very sensitive to touch and can turn your phone volume way up when you don't want it to be. On the bottom left is "recent". It's like a task management bar that shows you what apps you were just recently at. Also, if you have unread messages or missed phone calls, they'll appear here. Depending on your settings, your text messages can appear on your lock screen if its locked. If you changed that, when you unlock your phone a picture of a person and a blue speech bubble will appear with their text or a portion of it. Click on it to reply. On the home screen, slide to the right to go to your favorites. They'll be arranged in a collage. Click on a contact and three choices will come up "call, text, or open".
I find the Kin2m to be an incredibly versatile and fun feature phone. The capacitive touchscreen interface is flawless, it has amazing battery life with stable use (it can last me a whole day without a batter charge), lots of space, an easy to use keyboard, simple apps, and an awesome 8 megapixel camera. It has it's drawbacks, but none that will affect too heavily on the use of this phone. I find it better than the Env3 because it does not require a data plan and you can access internet for free if you have WiFi, and it doesn't constantly shut off like my old Env3. All in all, don't listen to people complaining about this phone. It's not a smartphone. I use it to call and text and occasionally check my Facebook, and I find it perfect for these things. I love this phone and hope to have it for a very long time. It's cool to have a touchscreen phone that looks nice and doesn't cost too much (I got mine for free!). If you're looking for a smooth feature phone, the Kin2m is the phone for you.
P.S. Buy it a case and screen protector, you wouldn't wanna break this gem!