Verizon's Q4 road map includes return of Kin One and Kin Two
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.