Pros +Keyboard is easy to use with generous spacing and backlighting
+Interface looks very modern
+Touch screen and accelerometer perform well
+Music experience is visually and aurally satisfying
+Always-on access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.
Cons -No text correction/prediction
-Volume buttons do not lock when screen locks
(I've missed many calls because my phone switched to silent while in my pocket)
-No basic apps such as calculator, calendar, world clock,etc.
-No games or downloadable apps
Summary All things considered, I do not regret getting this phone. The call quality and music quality is good with plenty of depth and volume. I had no problems getting music and pictures onto the phone once I installed the Zune software on my Windows 7 computer. I find the keyboard and OS easy to use. I have no problems seeing the screen even in direct sunlight. I haven't had any issues with battery life but I am only an average user.
The most frustrating thing about this phone is how Microsoft failed to include some of the most basic features that have been on phones since the early 2000s. Things like a calculator, tip calculator, calendar, world clock, text prediction/correction, IM client, and games. How can they say this phone was marketed for the younger crowd and not include games? I only hope that a major software update will be released soon.
Pros This phone has it all: fantastic music player (better than my iPod Nano), great interface, threaded texting, physical keyboard, WiFi, 8GB storage, very good camera (with HD video), high resolution and bright screen, even a dedicated emoticon button!
Cons No manual included with package (although the manual is available on the internet); transferring contacts from prior phone needed a visit to Verizon; transferring music from iPod requires Zune and 3rd party software (due to Apple's DRM)
Summary Bottom line: Although the learning curve going from the LG enV2 to the Kin TWOm was a little steep, a little research and a visit to the Verizon store got all my contact info transferred in no time. Because I have a Mac, transferring the iPod songs to the Kin took a bit of work to rip the songs, but once that was done Zune captured the songs perfectly and synced with the Kin in no time.
The music player on this thing is fantastic! The amp is much better than on the iPod, with much clearer bass and treble, making my earphones sound awesome.
The threaded texting is worth the price alone (got it for $19 after $30 discount from Verizon).
I love the fact that this has web browsing and WiFi because I did NOT want a phone that required a data plan and therefore did not need the extra cost or complexity of a "smart" phone. To ensure that web browsing does not use the 3G network and therefore triggers data charges, you either have to call Verizon (not recommended) or go online to My Verizon to block every data-related service. It's straightforward but necessary to avoid being charged for data services (unless you want them or don't mind being charged for them).
Overall, I'm loving this phone more and more each day. By the way, my wife has an iPhone, so I'm familiar with the pros and cons of that phone. To me, the iPhone and similar smartphones are great phones for what they do, but they are overkill for my simple needs -- phone service, threaded texting, picture/video taking, and occasional web browsing via WiFi (with no data charges). I can do a lot with the $700+ savings over two years that a smartphone with data pack would otherwise require.
"PIECE OF ****!"on by kyle3389
Pros Back-lit keyboard, great for texting.
Cons EVERYTHING, ive had this phone replaced 2 times. the screen freezes ALOT. Its slow and very very unreliable.
Summary I would -->NOT<-- recommend buying this phone because it just sucks.
Pros 8Megapixel Camera/VideoCamera with LED Flash
Touch Screen QWERTY Keyboard
Wi-Fi -HTML Browser
8 GB memory
Now has CALCULATOR and CALENDAR with event scheduling
Text, Picture and Video Messaging
Cons no additional memory slot(but 8 GB on phone is pretty sizable)
would like dedicated number keys rather than using a function key to get to numbers(But Keyboard is very comfortable to use.)
Summary We shopped and reviewed a lot of phones. We did NOT want a DATA plan. Until they come out with a Droid, or similar smartphone, that does not require a data plan but work off of a wifi or optional data plan, the KIN TWO is the next best thing.
We bought 3 of these phones today. Why anyone would buy one of the other Verizon feature phones is beyond me. All of the other phones only had 1.3-3 megapixel cameras. The spacebar on the KIN TWO is below the zxcvbnm keys which is nice where a lot of the other feature phones have it between the V and B keys which is awkward. The touchscreen is nice and well laid out and once you start using it you will like it. Swipe the main screen to the left and you have your favorites screen that is pretty handy. The contact screen is very in depth with multiple phone numbers, emails, im, website, birthdays, anniversary, and MORE.
AND NO DATA PLAN REQUIRED!!!!!! They should be selling these like crazy now.
Pros They thought to include a battery.
Cons Unstable O.S. that loves to freeze
Overly complicated screens
No Calander...no really, No Calendar
Unbelievably slow processor
No expandable Memory!
No onscreen keyboard
Summary For the same price, you could purchase an HTC Eris, Palm Pre, Motorola Devour Samsung Omnia 2,...you know, a Real phone!
No Calendar? How do you omit such a basic?
The e mail client is ridiculously inept, browsing is painfully slow, Screen lag, oh, and there's that annoying propensity to freeze a few times a day.
Who gave the o.k. for this phone...Maxwell Smart?
This phone doesn't compare well to an LG Env Touch, or Samsung Rogue, but still cost's 2 and a half times more per month to own.
Want facebook? There's an app for that! Which brings me to my last point, but only for space sake. There are almost no apps for this phone. The Palm Pre app store is like the droid compared to this; and the Pre is an excellent stable phone.
I can't imagine anyone paying this much for this phone, when there are so many phones that absolutely blow this Edsel away.