Kin Recriminations, Kintinued

By  |  Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm

At the briefings I attended on the Kin, Microsoft execs repeatedly made the point that the Kin was for young, highly social people. The subtext, I assumed, was that Microsoft thought it had figured out what those folks wanted, but it was going to be hard for an old geek like me to understand. I thought at the time that I wouldn’t be wildly enthusiastic about the phone even if I was a young, highly social person.¬†And there’s more and more evidence that the Kin represented a massive misunderstanding on Microsoft’s part about what its target market wanted.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. IcyFog Says:

    Microsoft is massive misunderstanding.

  2. evologynow Says:

    An article I read about this yesterday said something like: If you're a young, highly social person and you can convince your parents to buy you an expensive phone/ data plan, why get a kin (which can only connect to a few social networking sites) when you can get a full on smart phone? It makes sense and I'm not sure why they didn't think of this.

  3. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    Kin is the Sidekick over again. I have a friend who used a Sidekick during her teens, and she is out of college now. She's like 25 years old.

    Teenagers don't want baby phones, they want the phone they think they will want when they're adults. The adult phone of the future. That was the Sidekick years ago, and is obviously iPhone today.

    Young people don't even use Windows in my experience. Why would they use a Windows phone?