Pros It does everything the itouch does, but better. Better battery life, faster, better graphics card, HD FM radio with a bunch of extra crystal-clear channels and more. It does a lot and you will be surprised.The web browser is much better on the Zune.
Cons Not as many apps as the Itouch.
Summary To get an i-touch or a Zune HD really depends on what you are setting out to do. If you are looking to play some fun little games or have some cool apps that can calculate your dinner bill, then get the itouch. But if you are looking for a PREMIUM MEDIA EXPERIENCE, then get a Zune HD. Zune HD Music quality is better, you can wireless sinc the Zune HD to your PC, which is awesome. So i can be sitting at work or at school and be like, oh, i want that new podcast that came out today or something. And as long as there's wi-fi wherever you are, you just click the button on the Zune HD and it updates all of your media in less than 5 minutes. You can also wirelessly purchase songs on your zune HD. Also, there is the Zune pass, where you pay $15 per month and recieve unlimited access to more than 4 million songs on the Zune software, which is awesome. And as long as you have a decent PC, the Zune software is superior to itunes. More visual fun to use with better music and it can choose music that you should like based on what you listen to most from your collection, like genius on itunes, but it actually does a good job :)
Pros Great sound.
Unmatched OLED screen.
Smooth video playback.
Best touch and MP3 UI on the market
Zune software is a great experience coupled with Zune Pass.
Cons Zune software can run a little slow sometimes. Once the collection is loaded, it runs fine.
I have large hands, and can "fat finger" the touch keypad on occasion. Not bad, but a little frustrating at times.
Summary As stated above, the user interface and speed of the interface is the best I have ever used. Yes, this includes Apple products.
Superior sound quality, although you will need to upgrade the headphones. The included buds are nearly useless. I now use Klipsch, which I am please with. Even $20-$30 Skull Candy buds are a big improvement.
Video playback is fantastic on the OLED screen! I have not purchased the HDMI dock to try viewing HD video through my home entertainment system, but would like to try it. It just isn't necessary at this time.
Great build quality. Sexy looking player. Get a lot of compliments on it!
The Zune Marketplace coupled with the Zune pass is probably the best way to experience, download, and purchase the music you want. WELL worth the $15/mo., as you get to pick 10 songs a month to keep forever. Streaming through the marketplace is also included, and when using SmartDJ, you get to experience a lot of new artists, and some that have been around a while, that you might not have been aware of.
A very engaging music experience via Zune Marketplace and the device itself.
HD radio is top notch. I like that I can tag songs I hear on the radio, and download them from the Marketplace.
Apps aren't really my thing, nor the reason I purchased this fantastic device.
I have the few apps that are available, downloaded, but rarely use them. What they do, they do well, but again, not my gig; just figured I would give them a try.
Pros - Ridiculous Battery Life
- Appealing Form Factor
- Vivid OLED Screen
- Fluid User Interface
- Rich Audio Quality
- Underrated Internet Browsing Wi-Fi
Cons Nothing, except for the app store in its infancy
Summary Microsoft's reboot of the Zune franchise was a risk that will pay off finally. As a long-time iPod/iPhone user, the Zune HD brings the portable audio/video experience to a whole new level that should rank it as the ultimate best-of-breed media player device.
Pros Screen, Survivability, Sound Quality, Size, Speed
Cons Still growing community of programmers. Then again ITS A MP3!
Summary So let me get this straight my Zune Pass makes my Zune more expensive then my iPod which i buy I buy songs for at $.99 a pop. Try again Mr. Bell. I have both a Zune HD and an iPod Touch. Let me tell you the sound is better then my iPod at all settings. And it is far cheaper then buying songs from iTunes. The iPod user interface also sucks, people only think it's good because that's what they are told to believe. Lets look at it I can play a song in two click on my Zune, I had a Sony MP3 player that was a twist of my thumb to do just about every thing. My iPod takes half a dozen movements to play any thing. How is that easier?
Pros excellent oled screen
beautiful slick interface
nvidia tegra chip
long battery life
hdmi out capable with $90 av dock
good sound quality
good format support
Cons app store severely lacking even for a newly released one
Summary the zune hd is not a full on competitor to the ipod touch it does what the touch does and in certain cases does it better
the oled screen is not good in daylight but the ipod is not good either most screens are not good in daylight
the tegra chip in the zune is worlds better than what is in the ipod it has multiple cores which can shut off certain functions of the zune when they are not in use nothing in the ipod does that
the app store is still in development and therefore cannot be compared to the apple app store even at its release because apple had an sdk released with its app store which is not available for the zune... yet
other than these things mentioned the zune does what the ipod does it plays video on a nicer screen but its smaller and it plays songs with sound quality just as good if not better than the ipod when it comes to interface thats subjective the zune is "louder" than apple's minimalist interface and that is strictly a prefernce.