Verizon discontinues KIN TWOm, making room for the KIN ONEm on our Top Messaging Phones list

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from Dallas, TX
Published: August 26, 2011

The whittling down of the featurephone market continues. Recent changes to Sprint and T-Mobile's featurephone line-up caused us to rearrange our Top Messaging Phones list for those carriers, and now Verizon has decided to discontinue their best messaging phone, the KIN TWOm. Never fear, for we were more than willing to add the TWOm's little brother (or sister, depending on how you view these sort of things) to the list. The KIN ONEm's form factor isn't quite as attractive as the TWOm's, but the same features are all there (minus the HD video capture) and it works like a charm.

Check out our updated list below. Hopefully Verizon won't discontinue any more featurephones because we're already low on options.

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1. KIN ONEm

Pros

  • Excellent QWERTY keyboard
  • WiFi
  • Fantastic 5 MP autofocus camera with a flash
  • Zune music player built-in (worth $100 by itself)
  • Impressive email client
  • One of the best web browsers for a featurephone
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • Unique UI

Cons

  • We're not sure what the deal is with these phones or how long Verizon plans to continue selling them. Most of the advertised features have been shut down so we're guessing the phones themselves will discontinued shortly. In short, buyer beware.
  • Hardware design may be a turn-off for some people. It's a love it or hate it thing.

Summary

It's true that Microsoft shut down the KIN Studio, KIN Loop, and KIN Spot services, basically whittling the phone down to a simple featurephone; however, this may have been more of a positive than a negative. The social networking features were nice, but the overall performance of those features was simply not up to par with expectations and disappointing overall. Without those features, the phone is actually pretty good and contains other features that you simply won't find on other featurephones, at least not together. The capacitive touchscreen, excellent camera, WiFi support, Zune player, and impressive e-mail client make this one a no-brainer. Proceed without caution though and consider that con we brought out.

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2. LG Octane

Pros

  • Same great design and physical keyboard that was so popular with the enV series
  • 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and a flash
  • Solid build quality with stylish design

Cons

  • 2.5mm headphone jack
  • The lack of a touchscreen may bother some

Summary

The enV line of phones were some of the best in the business. They may appear to be gone, but the Octane retains the same great design, the same amazing keyboard, and the same great camera. Not only that, but it's cheaper!

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3. LG Cosmos Touch

Pros

  • Cool touchscreen display
  • Decent physical keyboard
  • 3.5mm headphone jack with a music player and an external microSD card slot come together for a great music listening experience

Cons

  • 1.3 MP camera could have (and should have) been better
  • The device is a little small so typing on the keyboard may be hard for some

Summary

The Cosmos Touch delivers as a mid-range messaging phone and even has some perks for music listeners. Because of this, we're willing to make an exception for it's mediocre camera.

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