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Sharp Kin One

3.9/10 AVG.
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3.9/10
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The Sharp Kin One currently has an Informr score of 3.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
2.6"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The KIN ONE is a very fun, engaging device to use. It has a new user interface that is unlike any you've seen...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Engadget

And that about sums it up -- there are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn't demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those. You could argue that the 720p video recording is a hook, but our results weren't that outstanding, and we don't know a...

- Joshua Topolsky, Engadget

So what are the choices that are much less money than free with free shipping? This phone has returned and while still sporting a $30-$120 retail price tag it is bundled with Verizon service contract agreements to be absolutely free. I paid less than a penny for this phone, the little headphones, and 2 day shipping. Compared to an android or iphone sure it's vastly lacking but for those who don't want to shell out hundreds to have this month's latest and greatest phone this has everything you need and nothing you don't. The only noticeable downfall is 4 GB storage which is not expandable so people who need a phone to make movies, store photo albums, and download tons of music will want something else. But if you're like me and just want a phone that can make phone calls and conveniently text message then this has more than you need and the rest is frosting on the cake.


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Sharp released the Kin One on May 17, 2010.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sharp Kin One user manual here.


Sharp backs up the Kin One with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Kin One has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sharp support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sharp's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.6"

The Sharp Kin One's screen size is 2.6 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Tegra APX2600 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1240mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1240 mAh battery. Sharp's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 330 minutes.

Kin One Specs

Overview
Release date May 17, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor Tegra APX2600 600 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.38 W/kg
Body: 0.491 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1240 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 330 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.3 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm (3.3 x 2.5 x 0.7 in)
Weight 111 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Microsoft KIN 1

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

A very fun, engaging device to use

from MobileBurn

The KIN series of phones, which is currently made up of the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, are Microsoft's attempt at building a feature phone platform that offers many of the capabilities of a smartphone, without all of the complications. The KIN ONE is the cheaper of the two KIN devices that Verizon Wireless is offering, and it features a very compact form factor, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a capacitive touchscreen display. The device was manufactured for Microsoft by Sharp, the company that made most of the popular Sidekick devices....

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The KIN series of phones, which is currently made up of the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO, are Microsoft's attempt at building a feature phone platform that offers many of the capabilities of a smartphone, without all of the complications. The KIN ONE is the cheaper of the two KIN devices that Verizon Wireless is offering, and it features a very compact form factor, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a capacitive touchscreen display. The device was manufactured for Microsoft by Sharp, the company that made most of the popular Sidekick devices.

The KIN ONE is a very fun, engaging device to use. It has a new user interface that is unlike any you've seen on a shipping phone, and, while different, it makes sense once you learn to use it (Palm's webOS had this same issue). I am very fond of it.

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Engadget

There are much better choices for much less money on the market

from Engadget

And that about sums it up -- there are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn't demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those. You could argue that the 720p video recording is a hook, but our results weren't that outstanding, and we don't kno...More

And that about sums it up -- there are much better choices for much less money on the market, and Microsoft hasn't demonstrated to us why you would choose this phone over those. You could argue that the 720p video recording is a hook, but our results weren't that outstanding, and we don't know anyone who needs HD video on a phone so desperately that they're willing to overlook all of these faults. In the end, we're left with two orphan devices -- phones that feel like they should have been killed before they made it to market, but somehow slipped through. It's clear to us from conversations we've had with Microsoft that there are people at the company with good ideas about what phones should and shouldn't do, but we don't feel the Kin is representative of those ideas. The execution (or lack thereof) on these products makes us legitimately concerned about what the company will do with Windows Phone 7. We can only hope that the similarities between those devices and the Kin handsets don't stretch much further than the "Windows Phone" label, because in our estimation, Kin is one side of the family that needs to be disowned... quickly.

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So what are the choices that are much less money than free with free shipping? This phone has returned and while still sporting a $30-$120 retail price tag it is bundled with Verizon service contract agreements to be absolutely free. I paid less than a penny for this phone, the little headphones, and 2 day shipping. Compared to an android or iphone sure it's vastly lacking but for those who don't want to shell out hundreds to have this month's latest and greatest phone this has everything you need and nothing you don't. The only noticeable downfall is 4 GB storage which is not expandable so people who need a phone to make movies, store photo albums, and download tons of music will want something else. But if you're like me and just want a phone that can make phone calls and conveniently text message then this has more than you need and the rest is frosting on the cake.


User Reviews


This is the WORST phone and SHARP has THE WORST customer service!

Oh my goodness...this phone does not work after having it for only 6 months. Verizon's system does not interface with this phone. There's no place to put a memory card so everything is stored directly on the phone. You have no idea how difficult it is to get it out! I just called Sharp's customer s...More
Oh my goodness...this phone does not work after having it for only 6 months. Verizon's system does not interface with this phone. There's no place to put a memory card so everything is stored directly on the phone. You have no idea how difficult it is to get it out! I just called Sharp's customer service line and even though they have a real person there to answer the phone, apparently this device doesn't qualify as one of the products they will answer questions about at 7:30 pm pacific time. Holy moly! I have never heard of anything so stupid in my entire life!!!!! I will never ever get this phone or any other product from Sharp if I can absolutely avoid it. Less

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