"Excellent user interface, cool design very thin"5.0 starson by deitiphobia
Pros: Really bright screen! So much better than 2nd Gen Zunes and even iPod Touch and iPhone.
I love all of the album art and album info you can access. It takes the best of the Zune software on the computer and puts it onto the actual Zune. Very cool.
Cons: Not allot of apps at launch. Facebook and twitter apps are coming in november but would have been great to have them at launch.
Web browser is nice but kind of slow. Hopefully things they will fix via updates in the near future.
Summary: I have owned Zune 30 gig, Zune 8 gig and now ZuneHD. All have been great! Solidly built products with excellent software. I have confidence that Zune build quality is excellent as well, all of my Zune's still work without any problems!
Zune software has some great improvements as well this time around. Aside from the hardware, the software is a component that is largely being under reported. The hardware is only one piece of the puzzle. The software on the computer is amazing! It works great and is easy to use. New Zune video rentals start playback almost instantly even though it's HD quality!!!
If you are a music lover, the Zune pass is incredible. $15 a month gives you 10 purchase credits and unlimited access to entire catalog! So essentially you paying $5 extra a month for access to entire catalog! Zune pass makes it really cool to explore new bands and such as you can just download what you want whenever you want. If yo like what you hear you can use your 10 credits to purchase it. Contrary to popular belief, you can also just use the Zune software to buy MP3 songs just like iTunes. You don't have to get the Zune pass and just buy songs if that's your thing...but trust me...the Zune pass is so worth it. Give it a try. Zune pass alone is the #1 reason why I can't use an iPod of any sort for my music. I think the iPhone is great as a phone, but for a long time now...the Zune ecosystem is much more compelling for music lovers, giving you access to just about everything for only $5 extra a month! Why apple doesn't do this is beyond me.