Summary: I have been using the Microsoft Zune for a little over a month now, and I am really enjoying it. I would not recommend it for those who want a super portable media player, but if you want to transport a fairly large collection of audio and video files with you, this 30GB unit can accommodate you...
Pros: » Great deal from Geeks.com, » 30GB of space for your music, movies, and photos, » Wireless 802.11b/g connectivity, » Interface is easy to learn / use, » High quality audio and video, » Good choice for Apple haters and those who pull for the underdog
Cons: » More like a brick than other slick, stylish media players out there, » Geeks.com's stripped down package includes just the Zune and USB cable, » Not a good choice for those who fear / hate Microsoft
Summary: Let’s just admit it: For a long time it was embarrassing to be a Microsoft Zune owner. While all of your buddies where showing off their flashy iPod touches and iPhones that they could control at the swipe of a finger, you were covertly lugging around the MP3 player equivalent to a brick.
Conclusion: Pros: Easy to use Large capacity Nice big screen Very well made Great sound quality Good video quality Cons: No equalizer Does not play all video formats easily, must convert Ran into a bug where it resets every once in a while Picks up fingerprints easily, should come with screen protector
Pros: Easy to use, Large capacity, Nice big screen, Very well made, Great sound quality, Good video quality
Cons: No equalizer, Does not play all video formats easily, must convert, Ran into a bug where it resets every once in a while, Picks up fingerprints easily, should come with screen protector
Summary: The new Zune can't beat the iPod classic's battery life or game support, but it does have a better screen, useful music-discovery features, and wireless. Ultimately, the 120GB Microsoft Zune is an excellent iPod classic alternative and gives you significantly more features for the same price.
Conclusion: Still the best hard drive-based portable media player on the market—the feature-barren iPod classic can't compete with the Zune's top-notch navigation and added wireless abilities.
Pros: Wirelessly syncs to your PC. You can buy music wirelessly and purchase tunes you hear on the radio. Increased capacity. Large display. Touchpad is still excellent. User interface is good-looking and easy to navigate.
Cons: Too many steps required to play a song. Requires a $14.99-per-month subscription or prepaid MS points for wireless streaming and downloading.
Conclusion: Calling the Zune 16GB a new product is a bit of a stretch. With no real hardware changes, and the ability to load the new software onto any of the older models, we're basically looking at the same old player with a paint job, a capacity upgrade, and price change.
Pros: Touchpad is still excellent. Improved user interface is less jumpy. Wirelessly syncs to your PC. You can buy music wirelessly and purchase tunes you hear on the radio. Unlimited radio presets.
Cons: Requires the $14.99 monthly Zune Pass or pre-purchased MS Points to download music straight to the player over Wi-Fi. No change in design, display size, or screen resolution from older models.
Summary: The Zune is Microsoft ’s attempt to compete with Apple ’s iPod , and it’s now closer than it has ever been to its competitor. The second generation is sleeker and comes in a variety of different colors: pink, red, black, and Green.
Conclusion: As a piece of hardware, it’s easy to dismiss the Zune as yet another iPod wannabe. But coupled with the Microsoft’s tightly integrated Zune Pass, it offers a level of music selection and ease of use that’s unrivaled by anything, including the iPod (which has no subscription option).
Conclusion: The Microsoft Zune is one of those products that you will want to avoid at all costs; at least this first generation. In comparison to other media players on the market, the Zune offers no clear advantage.