Pros Sleek, slim design, beautiful display, HD radio tuner, Zune marketplace access via Wi-fi
Cons Barely any decent apps
Summary Let's make one thing clear first; I am an avid opponent of the iPod. While I don't think it's a bad product by any means, I find their humongous, blind following (as well as annoying advertising campaign) off-putting. However, I never thought there would be another media player that would actually compete with it. The 1st generation Zune had a decent idea, but by that time, Apple was ready to shock the world with the iPod Touch. It took 4 years, but I think the new Zune HD lineup has the ammo to actually fight back.I can't believe I gushed about the Zune HD and didn't talk about the amazing battery life. I charge mine roughly once every 5 days while using it in my car on a daily basis, as well as for the occasional video. I hope it stays like this forever.
All of the features of the original Zune are still present, but Microsoft was smart to see what the newest line of iPods was capable of doing, and do it one better. That one would definitely have to be the HD radio tuner. The sound is great, and an untrained ear would definitely confuse it for an mp3. Plus, it shares the HD radio feature of grabbing songs you hear on the radio, and saving them for download the next time you hook up the Zune to the marketplace.
The screen is gorgeous to look at, and a breeze to navigate. It was mentioned that controlling volume on the go is a little difficult with it being completely based on the touch screen, but the buttons are so big that it only becomes an issue if you can't actually look at it. Videos look fantastic, with no stuttering.
Now we get to the one ***** in the armor: the apps. It's a smart idea to have the option for apps, as it seems to be all that the iTouch/iPhone kids talk about now. The only problem is that there ISN'T any. The Zune HD has been on the market for over half a year now as of this writing, and you can count almost all of the available Marketplace apps on your fingers. What's worse, the apps that are available are certainly less than stellar; there's a few decent games, and almost NO useful utilities. What's that, iTouch owner? You can look up restaurant reviews on your device? Well, I've got MSN weather...although it really only displays a 7-day forecast, and nothing else.
It's wonderful to see the Zune finally getting a lot of things right, and it's a wonderful device to have. My only gripe is that they need to come to their senses soon on the apps, and give people the complete Zune HD experience.
Updated on Mar 22, 2010
Updated on Mar 22, 2010I can't believe I gushed about the Zune HD and didn't talk about the amazing battery life. I charge mine roughly once every 5 days while using it in my car on a daily basis, as well as for the occasional video. I hope it stays like this forever.
Pros Sharp screen fast slick and intuitive interface zune marketplace makes it worth having the best pmp i have owned so far.
Cons The side button tends to not respond every once in a while.
Summary Very good device easily recommendable over the ipod touch seeing as how i have the 1st gen ipod touch and my sister has the 3rd i can easily say this completely beats the ipod touch in all categories except apps, while there are a few and expected to be a lot more and maybe even third party developing support there still aren't as many as the Ipod touch.
Pros amazing picture/video/sound quality and a nice thin mp3 player to take with you anywhere touch screen is heat sensative so only your finger can do the browsing
and the screen is made of some kind of gorilla glass so it's REALLY hard to scratch!!!!!!
Cons the ear buds that come with it aren't the high quality ear buds that came with the 80/120gb versions and if you have them in your ear for too long they start to hurt,
it took me a while to figure out how to put my videos in folders but it worked!!!!
Summary it works just fine for me and my friend says that the sound quality the zune marketplace doesn't have many apps but the apps it does have are all free and really small files... there's a little pad on the the very bottom on the zune and it has a nice feel to it and my friend and i thought it would dominate the ipod if that controlled the volume!!!!!!!!!
but it doesn't SO ZUNE IF YOUR READING THIS MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!
Pros Interface, Microsoft 4.0 Software, battery life, Internet browsing, music selection, sound quality
Cons Lack of apps, go for 32GB
Summary First media player I have owned that has made me a music lover. Love being able to download albums from the Microsoft application for only $14.99 per month (and you can keep 10 per month). Very few artists that are not available. Would like to see more apps available....SOON! Highly recommend this player!
Pros Battery life
Cons Button placement for screenlock makes it slightly inconvenient for one handed use.
Summary The product runs amazingly well, and is a great buy.