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Worst Smartphones Of All Time

The 5 most disastrous smartphones ever released

January 1st, 2016

The rise of smartphones has been the biggest story in personal computing technology over the past decade. But while there have been a lot of high-profile hits like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy Note series in that time, there have been even more misses. While this is to expected in just about every industry, there …

Microsoft wants another crack at making its own phones, says analyst

June 21st, 2012

Microsoft’s first attempt at making its own mobile phones wasn’t exactly a success. In fact, it would be fair to say that the Microsoft KIN was one of the genuine flaming-bus-crash-into-an-orphanage disasters of recent mobile phone industry history. But Microsoft apparently thinks it’s older and wiser now, and it wants to try making its own phones …

Nokia may consider sale of phone unit to Microsoft

May 16th, 2011

According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Nokia is set to begin discussing the possibility selling its cell phone business to Microsoft. The blogger, who has a proven track record of disseminating accurate intel, says negotiations will begin next week and the results will not immediately be made public. If the two giants do work out a sale, …

The return of the Kin: Microsoft’s Kin ONEm, TWOm hit Verizon Wireless

November 18th, 2010

It looks like Microsoft’s banished Kin handsets have taken the long walk of shame back to Verizon Wireless. You may remember back in late-June, Microsoft lowered the ax on the two devices — the Kin ONE and Kin TWO — noting that its main focus going forward would be Windows Phone 7. Although exact sales figures were never released …

Daring Fireball: Microsoft sold 503 KINs

July 7th, 2010

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a “well-placed” source who informed him that Microsoft sold a mere 503 KINs before the handset was given its end-of-life papers on June 30th. Speculative rumors of the device’s dismal sales figures have been tossed around willy-nilly over the last several week, and five hundred was a popular guess; others quoting …

Microsoft kills the KIN, refuses to sell it in Europe

June 30th, 2010

Apparently Microsoft has come to the realization that, much like the hipsters it was targeting with the device, no one wants to be caught dead with a KIN. Microsoft has confirmed that the two devices are toast. Here is what their PR people said. We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone …

Microsoft KIN TWO teardown reveals some surprises

May 18th, 2010

The fine folks iFixit have once again teamed up with Chipworks to tear down one of the greatest latest gadgets to hit the scene in the KIN TWO. Before you tune out and keep on scrolling, we should let you know that a lot of impressive stuff was uncovered after cracking the thing wide open. …

Microsoft KIN ONE and TWO available starting May 6th

May 5th, 2010

Life streamers should mark their calendars for May 6th as Microsoft’s socially-driven KIN ONE and KIN TWO handsets are slated to make their official debut on Verizon Wireless. With its 5MP camera and diminutive design, the clamshell KIN ONE will be available for a reasonable $49.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and 2-year contract. …