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A mere six weeks after Microsoft launched its Kin cellphones, they're essentially dead, just as I predicted. What does Microsoft need to know about the ultimate phone for the today's youth? I did an unscientific sample of tech interested teenagers, and found out what they're looking for in a smartphone, and why Microsoft Kin missed that mark.
 
Between your average utilitarian cellphone and the smartphone, there's a niche market that caters to a younger, social networking crowd. That niche is blowing up right now, spearheaded by the likes of Microsoft's Kin. T-Mobile and Samsung are dropping three more of these phones on consumers: Gravity 3, Gravity T and one simply called the :).
 
Cellphone blog Android and Me has acquired a Droid 2 handset early (pictured above, right), and decided to stack it up against the classic Droid (left). What did they find? In shape and size it's almost the same thing, though it's sporting a 1Ghz processor and 512 MB of RAM, just like the iPhone 4. That's nice and all, but it's going to need something else the original Droid had: heart.

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