Based on the ads alone, I thought this device was doomed:
In what may be one of the biggest blunders in mobile phone history, Microsoft has decided to immediately halt production on its line of Kin phones after it showed extremely disappointing sales.
The Kin line launched just 48 days ago and was sort of a bridge between Microsoft's old mobile phone platform and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system. However, despite a very large marketing budget and a lot of effort in research and development, sales were really poor.
The name was weird, too. "The Kin"? Doesn't it sound like a horror movie? Maybe it was a horror movie. All I know from the ad I saw is that it was a device that allowed annoying-looking 20-somethings to post that they were going to see The Roots on all possible social networking sites simultaneously. I thought, wow, they have as much contempt for their target market as I do - and then I remembered, Microsoft, duh.