The pair of Microsoft handsets is being launched this time with some major differences. Originally Big Red tried to push the duo into the smartphone category which required an extra $30 per month charge for data. This time around, the Kin One and Kin Two are featurephones with e-mail and the Zune music experience. The first Kin will have a 5MP camera and 4GB of internal memory. Kin Two sports an 8MP camera, offers 8GB of online memory and captures HD video. The pair are coming down a notch and will be offered with a low end browser. Now, if you want to pay the $30 per month, you can get the goodies to make the Kin duo a smartphone once again. But if you are going to pay the same $30 for the Motorola DROID X, why would you?
Verizon plans on offering four entry-level models for the Young Adult/Teen market. The LG Octane will have a zippy browser that plays web videos and offers the Social Beat social networking service. The Pantech Crux offers many of the same features.
If you are looking for a phone for your kids that features VCAST videos, the Samsung Zeal uses its unique form factor and E-ink keyboard to make the phone a good model for entry-level users. Another model aiming at the same demographics is the LG Cosmos Touch. Offering a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, the handset also has access to hundreds of apps.