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Announced in late May 2009 after months of rumors, the Zune HD is the next generation Zune MP3 player from Microsoft.

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Pros

WiFi connectivity

23 agree

HD radio receiver

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OLED touchscreen display

19 agree

very slim design

18 agree

Internet browser

17 agree

can output high definition 720p video

17 agree

Cheaper alternative to Ipod Touch

14 agree

16:9 display

12 agree

connects with Xbox

11 agree

Battery life (33 hours for music, 8.5 hours for video)

8 agree

better sound quality than iPod (if using third-party headphones)

7 agree

Zune Pass, unlimited music for 15 dollars, plus 10 songs you get to keep

7 agree

can play WMA files as well as MP3 and AAC files

6 agree

lightweight build at 74 grams (current gen iPod touch: 115grams)

4 agree

durable build - avoids scratches that are painfully evident on competing devices

4 agree

great UI

4 agree

Customizable back through Zune Originals Store

4 agree

Automatic pictures and biographies of artists loaded onto device.

3 agree

better music-listening experience than competing products

2 agree

available in 16, 32, 64GB (late March 2010 announcement) - same as the iPod Touch

2 agree

upgradable firmware

2 agree

Facebook application (as of March 2nd 2010)

2 agree

HD Dock outputs to 720p using HDMI port and cable

1 agrees

charges fast: 2hrs with wall charger, 3hrs from USB (current gen iPod touch needs at least 4hrs)

1 agrees

recent price drops undercut the competitors'

1 agrees
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Cons

sold in the USA only

15 agree

app store isn't as mature as Apple's

13 agree

HD video output requires dock which is sold separately

13 agree

applications are slow to start

9 agree

built to promote proprietary audio and video stores

9 agree

Doesnt have true hd (1080p)

9 agree

generally lacking applications compared to more mature devices / platforms

9 agree

480x272 screen resolution - current gen iPod Touch has 480x320

8 agree

Limited Codec Support

7 agree

No custom audio EQ, which only has presets

7 agree

No multitouch

6 agree

earbuds are crap -- spring for a third-party headset

4 agree

No MSC support (Drag n' Drop)

4 agree

Zune is so far about the only PMP that can't play Blu-Ray "Digital Copy" files.

4 agree

applications and browsing experience aren't as nice as the iPod Touch / iPhone

4 agree

64GB option was late to market compared to the Touch

4 agree

Subscription based Zune Pass - you do not own the tracks you get.

3 agree

Poor operating system support (MS Windows only)

3 agree

No Matroska (.MKV) support

3 agree

app store won't be as vibrant as Apple's mature offering

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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Announced in late May 2009 after months of rumors, the Zune HD is the next generation Zune MP3 player from Microsoft. Featuring an OLED touchscreen display, HD radio receiver, WiFi and a built-in Internet browser, the device will utilize the latest Nvidia Tegra GPU for HD video output capabilities. The device, tied to Microsoft's current music service, will also be compatible with the 360's XBox LIVE Video Marketplace. Currently available for pre-order, the device will launch September 16th for 219.99 for a 16GB version, or $289.99 for a 32GB version with enhanced platinum finish.

Post Review
Shawn
02/11/2011 10:54

compared to the Apple iTouch, how are the functions and controls, which is better?

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