Conclusion: The first flash-based Zune is a good-looking, easy-to-navigate device that can be synced with your PC wirelessly, but its small screen and jumpy interface are no match for Apple's superior iPod nano.
Pros: Works seamlessly with redesigned Zune Marketplace. Navigation pad works well. Excellent graphics. Bundled earbuds aren't bad. Customizable rear panel. Syncs to PCs wirelessly.
Cons: Screen is too small. Headphone jack poorly designed. Interface can freeze up. Player-to-player wireless can be fickle. Full wireless syncing capability will be added in a firmware update.
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.