The shuttering of a gadget can sometimes be saddening (like the poor, ill-fated Gamecube), but, usually, the death knell for a dastardly device is warranted
. And, in the case of the poorly thought-out, virtually useless Kin
, it couldn't have come any sooner. Engadget reports that
, due to sagging sales of the Kin 1 and Kin 2, the Microsoft tween-friendly phone won't be launched in Europe, and the company is allegedly focusing "exclusively on the Windows Phone 7." Well, we say, good riddance. Our hands-on with the device elicited many a swear word, and the cute, sliding design hardly made up for the clunky navigation, cluttered menu and anti-intuitive settings. (WHERE IS THE MENU PAGE? WHERE!?) That, and it's just a sissy phone. The goal to making a simple, messaging-only phone is to focus on the basics -- not to mash every social network together into one loud buzz, only making the poor user feel lost, overwhelmed and desperately, hopelessly alone. Also, the "drag and drop" Spot for sharing was so poorly implemented that our tester begin to sob uncontrollably (true story).
So forgive us when we say the demise of the Kin is gratifying. Every now and again, justice is served. [From: Engadget