"Zune HD Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger... and Smaller"5.0 starson by KingOfNerds
Pros: -Small sleek design
-Harder difficult to scratch all around
-Interface is fast intuitive & pleasing to look at
-Wifi features w/ zune pass you can download new songs whenever wherever
-Browser is awesome & loads everything well
Cons: -Battery drains fast (about 5 or maybe a little more hours) when playing some games that use tilt feature
-No onboard speaker
-Makes my LG Dare look massive... If thats bad
Summary: The device has an awesome form factor and seems to fit perfectly in your hand. This is an awesome device for anyone that isn't already tied down to much by apple, those people will pick at things like having no speaker, something that i have never even cared about. The metal finish on the back feels awesome in your hand and is pretty difficult to scratch.
The zune firmware on the device is blazin fast. I am still amazed by how fast everything loads with the Nvidia Tegra processor. I am still stunned by how awesome it looks, flipping through the menu's is fun for me for an unexplainable reason. I don't know if its how fast the response is or the look and feel, but i love it. The History and New features on the menu are an easy way to listen to music without searching through the menus to find what you want. You are also able to pin music to that menu so you can find what you want quickly.
Some of the new features are a lot of fun especially when integrated with zune pass. I love the new social features that let you look at the songs your friends have been listening to, and their favorites and download them if you want. Hd radio is also really enjoyable to listen to, and i hate the radio, but it sounds so amazing on this device i actually listen to it. The tagging features integrated with the radios metadata are really fun.
If you are paying for rhapsody right now, pick one of these up and switch to zune pass. If you are not sure about zune pass I can say it is 100% worth it, you get to download unlimited songs and get to keep 10 of those. With features in zune like channels the zune pass becomes even more worth it. Zune has channels which they update with new songs every week or maybe a little more, it is an awesome way to listen to new music that you wouldn't have heard otherwise.
The zune software is really nice and intuitive. It has a new smart dj feature that lets you hit that on an album or artist and it will do like a pandora sort of thing. Where it plays music that is similar sounding to what you choose, and with zune pass it will also integrate songs from zune marketplace to go along with the playlist.
Overall I am going to have to say that the Zune HD is probably the best ipod alternative on the market and definitely gives the Ipod touch a run for the money in the eyes of consumers.