In the days leading up to yesterday’s KIN announcement, I figured I could very easily just ignore this thing (then known as “Pink”). After all, it was going to be a feature phone, a side-product that had little if anything to do with Windows Phone.
That is clearly not the case. KIN shares some technological underpinnings with Windows Phone and is, more important perhaps, a version (of sorts) of Windows Phone.
I’m going to review the thing, and of course the device will provide an early look at some Zune functionality that I can write about for the book.
The question here is… Do I need to cover KIN in the Windows Phone Secrets book?
My knee-jerk reaction yesterday was that maybe it deserved a chapter. But the more I think about it, the less that makes sense. Now, I’m thinking it can go one of two ways:
I just ignore it, aside from a mention upfront about this side-product.
Or I mention it lightly throughout the book.
Either way, I think it needs at least a mention. The question is how much space to devote to it. It’s possible that Windows Phone owners will get these things for their kids. I’m not sure how much value there is in talking about that regardless.
But on the flipside, if I’m purporting to reveal the secrets of this thing, shouldn’t that include all of it?