Microsoft’s Awful 2010 Smartphone

09 Th09, 2020
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In 2010, Microsoft made a social smartphone for teens and 20 somethings who didn't want a smartphone. It... well, it didn't work out. Let's learn about Microsoft Kin!
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J Allard was the executive at Microsoft that had been CTO of Consumer Products and brought a lot of successes to the market like Windows 95, Xbox, Xbox Live, and Zune. While the former wasn't a success compared to Apple's iPod, it had a lot of great attributes and the hardware/software was solid. The 2007 iPhone was $599 on a two-year contract and required an expensive $30/mo. data plan. Far too expensive for teens. And the other smartphones? Well, they were for nerds! Or, at least business people. What began as a focused, well-thought-out plan to bring a high-end feature phone to market for teens focused on social media and instant messaging spiraled out of control costing Microsoft and Verizon Wireless over $1B in losses. That phone? Microsoft Kin.

  • That was my first phone and I remember it fondly.

    WeThePharaohWeThePharaoh9 ngày trước
  • Great video!!! Loved this. So funny how much of a fail that phone was

    Dave MazeDave Maze11 ngày trước
  • After watching the video about the Zone(s) I thought to myself "With better management this could have been a success that might even have pushed Windows Phone / Mobile". But this thing? Nope! It was a flop from the start.

    besorgter Burgerbesorgter BurgerTháng trước
  • Sounds like Kin was an ideal successor to the Zune! :-)

    Cre8tvMGCre8tvMGTháng trước
  • Thanks for sharing this!

    Make Money NowMake Money NowTháng trước
  • 0:38 Balmer is such a weird dude. Must have been hyped out of his mind on coke that night!

    Cre8tvMGCre8tvMGTháng trước
  • The Kin-Two was a great phone. They released an update that added calculator support, better online browsing, and some messaging fixes including video and image messaging. That was about 6 months to a year after release. Unfortunately, it was too-little-too-late for most people. There were reports of a large stock just sitting in distribution centers of KIN phones that couldn't sell, so Microsoft handed the reins over to Verizon, including the SDK, shutdown KIN Studio and Verizon made a new build that removed KIN Studio support and the need for a "smart phone" plan by nixing features. Then they re-released it as the "KIN ONEm" and "KIN TWOm", and forced the rest of us to update to that build, it sucked... It wasn't long after that, that Microsoft released Windows Phone 7... I Stuck with Microsoft through Mobile 6.5, KIN TWO, Windows Phone 7, Phone 7.8, Phone 8, and Phone 10 (Usually HTC or Lumia series)... But then had to switch to Samsung's Note flagship phones (S7, S8, and now S10+) and installed Microsoft Launcher for Android... I really miss the Windows phones, every last one of them!

    Christopher KaelinChristopher KaelinTháng trước
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    clever outputclever outputTháng trước
  • I loved my Zune when I was in high school mostly because of Zune pass that was ahead of its time.

    FrostySumoFrostySumoTháng trước
  • For 2010, 5 MP was considered pretty good. My first android was in I think 2012 and only had a 3.15 MP camera, admittedly it was a budget device, even for the time, and the lens etc affects it, but still, 5 MP was pretty good, my phone up until 2015 was 5MP

    XalgucenniaXalgucenniaTháng trước
  • I had this phone! I still have it! It was so cute

    MauraMauraTháng trước
    • I love it

      MauraMauraTháng trước
  • Reliable and humurous, the kind of resource I'm looking for!

    Business GuideBusiness GuideTháng trước
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    Peter BoydPeter Boyd2 tháng trước
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    Ahror YusupovAhror Yusupov2 tháng trước
  • Somewhat upset I just found this channel

    95blahblahhaha95blahblahhaha2 tháng trước
  • I had a pantech ease

    CC CCCC CC2 tháng trước
  • i remember wanting to buy the Kin 1 when it came out. Cute little thing

    Silas GotschSilas Gotsch2 tháng trước
  • Their only problem is that they used Sharp as the product development...

    Sungho LimSungho Lim2 tháng trước
  • 6:42 ExplainingComputers OP

    noobmaster69noobmaster693 tháng trước
  • The follow-up device should have been called the “Next of Kin”

    mako kimotomako kimoto3 tháng trước
  • What if someone used this in 2020

    Samuel-Wan KenobiSamuel-Wan Kenobi3 tháng trước
  • Can you do a video of what the ipaq pda’s can be used for now or if android or other os can be loaded on it.

    Happy GilmoreHappy Gilmore3 tháng trước
  • Ha. They showcased this (may have even been a launch) at a few of our gdgt Live events back in the day.

    TechfluenceTechfluence3 tháng trước
  • I worked for T-Mobile at the time the Kin came out. The handset being a VZW exclusive felt like dodging a bullet.

    MattDaddyPrimeMattDaddyPrime4 tháng trước
  • I had a Kin growing up. I loved how it looked and I thought Zune was cool. But I could help feeling defensive or embarrassed to own one when a bunch of the other kids in school were getting Android and iPhones.

    TecnologikTecnologik4 tháng trước
  • That design is really hideous

    NeuesTestamentNeuesTestament4 tháng trước
  • The zune software was dope on the pc I miss that.

    Michael RawlsMichael Rawls4 tháng trước
  • Who remembers the MDA???

    Brandon HanksBrandon Hanks4 tháng trước
  • Zune players failed, but was still much better than ipods. It's how it goes sometimes, the better product does not always win.

    wyterabittwyterabitt4 tháng trước
  • I had one of these in 2011, I bought it to replace my Nokia Twist which was also very square shaped. I liked the Nokia phone WAY more

    Bae DrearyBae Dreary4 tháng trước
  • I didnt know Steve ballmer was over at Microsoft

    Joshua ABJoshua AB4 tháng trước
  • You knew something were gonna be a huge success, when Steve balmer said it wouldn’t (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, MacBook notebook)

    Bastian EspejoBastian Espejo4 tháng trước
  • Sir how much do you earn from youtube just asking

    Aryaman - LabsAryaman - Labs4 tháng trước
  • Sharp, the people who made kin now make calculators.

    Benjamin PatrocinioBenjamin Patrocinio4 tháng trước
    • Sharp made calculators way before this. Since at least the 1980s. They also have made many many other products.

      grahamlivegrahamlive4 tháng trước
  • Omg zune

    Rich LuxRich Lux4 tháng trước
    • Seeing you here in the comments made my day 🥳

      Francis TobolskyFrancis Tobolsky4 tháng trước
  • I had a sidekick 4ga fe years back, but I ouldnt count that, it fucking sucked lol

    rokurua - ロクルアrokurua - ロクルア4 tháng trước

    William HowardWilliam Howard4 tháng trước
    • ok

      SaraSara4 tháng trước
  • that's so 'kin unbelievable

    John Paul LuskJohn Paul Lusk4 tháng trước
  • the thing is that most of the features were moved to Windows Phone 7 or 8 where all social feeds were moved in the contacts app and all the IM in the messaging app. Then they fucked it all up with the Windows 10 update.

    alexmasso96alexmasso964 tháng trước
  • I've gotta say, your videos have really come to a new level of quality! I'm really enjoying them! Keep up the good work man!

    Itsyahboiii David.Itsyahboiii David.4 tháng trước
  • Hey I owned a HTC DROID Incredible before. Back in the early, exciting days of Android

    ProudiPhoneOwnerProudiPhoneOwner4 tháng trước
  • I remember when I was a teen getting my first (dumb) phone I really wanted one of the Kin 2m phones. I unfortunately couldn't convince my parents to buy it, because they thought I would distract myself with the browser instead of doing homework. For a dumb phone it looks a lot cooler and the keyboard was better than the LG Cosmos' I wound up getting, but I never could convince them to pay for one.

    Ryan SRyan S4 tháng trước
  • It's technology 💯, nothing fails

    Royal Rec'OrRoyal Rec'Or4 tháng trước
  • Windows RT Surface !

    _grigsy __grigsy _5 tháng trước
  • It read anus when held backwards

    26muel26muel5 tháng trước
  • The closest thing to a Zune Phone is the Zurface Duo

    Omar FXOmar FX5 tháng trước
  • I'm always shocked about the incredibly expensive mobile plans in the US. I live in Finland, and we have no roaming charges inside the Finnish border, and I pay less than 20 dollars a month for an unlimited data, texts and phone calls

    JiusoniumJiusonium5 tháng trước
  • I remember the Kin! I was one of those tech obsessed kids in HS and I was super excited for this thing, affordable, good looking, and what I THOUGHT was going to be a sort of smartphone-lite experience. I remember being flabbergasted when they killed it like a month later. Never saw one in person or for sale, and still today I have not. I Still really love the designs though, even today they are fantastic looking little devices.

    NosloveingnekoNosloveingneko5 tháng trước
  • I would buy an updated/upgraded and modern sidekick lol

    Brian MartinezBrian Martinez5 tháng trước
  • Yeah, I got one of these while in middle school. My mom told me and my sister that the Verizon guy said they were popular with teens. I'm not sure if he lied to her, or if she lied to us, but I'm pretty sure it was after the "update" that I got it because I've never seen any of those social features. The FM radio was cool though Edit: Actually finished the video, yeah I definitely had the One M

    Scg1997Scg19975 tháng trước
  • Yah! I had and used the Kin One M phone for a while in high school and college. My friends called it a “Bannana Phone” 😂😂 It was the only phone I could find that could connect to WiFi but DIDN’T need a data plan. I scoured the internet till I found a used one. Loved hearing the history of it! Great video!

    Caleb MannCaleb Mann5 tháng trước
  • I wanted one! At the time I had an iPhone. But the Kin looked cool. I'm glad I didn't switch my iPhone for this. 😂😂😂

    Ricky BrunetRicky Brunet5 tháng trước
  • Emotion and corporate politics can make or break good ideas. Too bad Microsoft has a long record for breaking them.

    J2 digitalJ2 digital5 tháng trước
  • I remember this! Too bad Microsoft let its own incompetence get in its way. I loved and still love my Zune! I think that would have been more successful as a phone than windows phone if they took Google's approach and opened it up for devs to make apps. Also too bad about the kin. Good idea to take the guy who is passionate about the project and spearheading the whole thing out and replacing him with the ole business standard. Then release it YEARS late. No wonder it flopped so hard. Just like windows phone did!

    J2 digitalJ2 digital5 tháng trước
  • I think your background could use more color. I think a sit-stand desk to raise the monitors would help, but I'm not sure what to do about the sign above them.

    Brendon WolikBrendon Wolik5 tháng trước
  • The Kin 2M was my first phone, I miss the simpler and more unique smartphone days :((

    Sean W.Sean W.5 tháng trước
  • I had this phone in 2012-2013 as my second phone in 7th through 8th grade. I loved it but 9th grade I upgraded to a google nexus

    L HL H5 tháng trước
  • Can you do a flashback to the Palm Centro? I think my first smartphone deserves a look.

    Yet Another PersonYet Another Person5 tháng trước
  • Windows Phone didnt fail nearly as bad as the Kin. the Kin was literally dead within 2 months of release. Windows Phone held strong until 2018. Not too bad.

    Tong ZouTong Zou5 tháng trước
  • I bet most people dont know that the Tmobile Sidekick basically evolved into this failed Microsoft messenger phone

    Tong ZouTong Zou5 tháng trước
  • Zune Phone FTW

    toohightocomplytoohightocomply5 tháng trước
  • I remember wanting the kin phone

    Aldo FriasAldo Frias5 tháng trước
  • Hm.

    Luca Mihail MurafaLuca Mihail Murafa5 tháng trước
  • I still have my zune .

    supersmexsupersmex5 tháng trước
  • I love you, I love your videos, great image quality and editing... but PLEASE iron your T-shirts!

    Samuel CamposSamuel Campos5 tháng trước
  • I thought it fails because of quality, me and a few my friends had it. The screen on all of them just died. It was the kin 2

    Jesus RoblesJesus Robles5 tháng trước
  • The Palm Pre is such a nice looking phone. And it felt great in the hand. But I only held it as a kid.

    VariTimoVariTimo5 tháng trước
  • I'll do you one better!! WHY IS KIN?

    Darren TakoyakiDarren Takoyaki5 tháng trước
  • I had one. It was my first phone. Absolute piece of junk.

    Paul GomezPaul Gomez5 tháng trước
  • When I hear the word ALLEGEDLY Uttered, anywhere, I STOP RIGHT THERE. I hate New-Speak Hugely.

    Brad BBrad B5 tháng trước
  • The Zune HD and Zune subscription was ahead of its time. Great analysis.

    Rob SchoenyRob Schoeny5 tháng trước
  • I learned you stuck to your strengths and kept on making quality content. You're well spoken, and your videos are well produced. Keep it up!

    nimoy007nimoy0075 tháng trước
  • You know it failed marketing when you haven’t even heard the name....

    Lzy SoulLzy Soul5 tháng trước
  • Great video! So much history!

    Juan Manuel ScagniJuan Manuel Scagni5 tháng trước
  • how dare you, the kin was my favorite feature phone I have ever owned

    Not ImportantNot Important5 tháng trước
  • Great video. I've always been curious about phone/platform but being a non-VzW user I never had the chance to get one and dive in. Also the corporate politics around this...chefs kiss.

    Brendan ConnorBrendan Connor5 tháng trước
  • Back in the day, I had the first iteration of the Zune. It has been so long, I don't remember the specifics, but at some point very early on (within a month of purchasing), it simply did. not. work. It must have been in the year.... ~2006??? It was terrible. The first ipod was out by then, but as a 'non-techy' person, I just didn't 'get' the Apple vs. PC thing. Meaning, I wasn't in tune with the fact that Apple products, just simply, worked. (for the most part). Long story short, my experience with Zune was AWFUL.

    Daniel WilhiteDaniel Wilhite5 tháng trước
    • I should also mention that I didn't do much to reach out to tech support to fix the issue. I just got pissed and threw the damn thing in the trash. That one's on me, LOL.

      Daniel WilhiteDaniel Wilhite5 tháng trước
  • Title is kinda misleading. It was never a Zune phone. It was a Kin that could use the Zune software. Clickbait on this site should be a criminal offense.

    werethless12werethless125 tháng trước
  • Microsoft was always ahead and f it’s time, to a fault, unfortunately. Such a shame because these features are great. The GUI is beautiful and unique. Same goes for windows phone. Both ahead of its time but late to the program.

    reloaded17reloaded175 tháng trước
  • Did someone do a YIKES count?

    Slavomir GSlavomir G5 tháng trước
  • With current discussions around the use of social media, imagine if the Kin was successful and everyone was stuck to their screen even more than they are now, flicking on whatever social media content in front of them.

    Burton YanBurton Yan5 tháng trước
  • iCloud used to be called .Mac and did the same thing as iCloud, just not as good.

    Raindogg TVRaindogg TV5 tháng trước
  • My favourite phone to date was my Nokia Lumia 800, which I kept for two years but I replaced because Microsoft gave me a single year of updates before making it obsolete for Windows Phone 8 with a half-baked 7.8 update that basically broke the phone. If they hadn’t screwed their user base so badly at every turn Microsoft *might* have actually done well.

    Lachlan TompsettLachlan Tompsett5 tháng trước
  • The thumbnail is 200% clickbait...

    Shiki ByakkoShiki Byakko5 tháng trước
  • I rerember 10 year old me wanted one just cause of how cute it was, my dad got me an LG octane 2 as my first phone though o.o

    xXStar Brite02XxxXStar Brite02Xx5 tháng trước
  • *happy dankpods noise*

    Clay McGranahanClay McGranahan5 tháng trước
  • oh wow, i had one but i never realized they failed so hard lol

    flarepie24flarepie245 tháng trước
  • it was before spotify but Rhapsody was huge

    1337 4llison1337 4llison5 tháng trước
  • What happened to Billy, George? I dragged him into the spot.

    假作真時真亦假假作真時真亦假5 tháng trước
  • I still want one of these to collect but one of the only ones I saw recently was selling for $200+ and I just can’t bring myself to spend that much on what is essentially a paperweight

    Evelyn SchlickEvelyn Schlick5 tháng trước
  • Hey Quinn? should I buy the ARM MacBook Air when it comes out or wait for the MacBook Pro? (for a new school laptop)

    Julian CumpsJulian Cumps5 tháng trước
  • So, because of some guy's bruised ego, a phone that could have one-upped the iPhone crashed and burned.

    Michael HaneyMichael Haney5 tháng trước
  • Your videos are way to long. Bye bye.

    Runnable19Runnable195 tháng trước
  • Hey snazzy just wanted to say that I adore your content and your unique way of entertaining the hell out of me :') keep up the good work, you are imo the most underated tech content creator and I wish you the best in life and in your work life

    hightecharryhightecharry5 tháng trước
    • @Snazzy Labs

      hightecharryhightecharry5 tháng trước
  • 9:04 If Microsoft scaled this down and tweaked a bit, they would have a very competitive alternative to WearOS and Tizen (since WearOS is utter crap and Tizen has some weaknesses like Bixby and choice of watches) although I don't think it will be on Watch OS level at least at launch

    Mikayel HovhannésMikayel Hovhannés5 tháng trước
  • Very well prepared video,

    Shouvik BasuShouvik Basu5 tháng trước
  • I remember it being ridiculous when it launched. Why the 10-year wait for a review/history? I've got a 1980s HP15C calculator if you're looking for other hardware to review. ;-)

    Anthony MarsalaAnthony Marsala5 tháng trước
  • Does anyone know what monitors those are behind him?

    Nick 2Nick 25 tháng trước
  • "Apple had nailed a lot of the features they made fun of:" - Touchscreen controls: Maybe. - Virtual Keyboard: just NO. Just because people begrudgingly accept garbage autocorrect to this day because, surprise surprise, what the customer wants does NOT control the market and it's just cheaper for companies to have shit software instead of GOOD hardware, does NOT mean it was a good idea. - Desktop class Web Browser: _looks at the current mobile web_ LOL, you're JOKING right? Careful SnazzyLabs, your Apple fanboyism is showing,

    James RoweJames Rowe5 tháng trước
    • If you genuinely believe a hardware keyboard is the best option in 2020, you’re delusional.

      Snazzy LabsSnazzy Labs5 tháng trước
  • I guess this was a US-only device, I've never heard of it... looks kinda' cool though. I'd buy a non-upgraded one from leftover stock just for fun :)

    MetalTrabantMetalTrabant5 tháng trước