Wired Hands-On: Can Kin Phones Make Microsoft Cool Again?

Microsoft's new Kin phone sits between two worlds. It isn't really a smartphone - there's no access to apps, games, document editing or viewing - but it's more than a feature phone. It integrates social networking updates, news feeds and contacts, in a way that aims to be hip and cool.

And Kin just about manages to pull it off, but only if you buy into the idea that there are hordes of consumers hungry to have every bit of Facebook or MySpace broadcast to (and from) their phones in near real-time.

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