Gadget Pr0n: Second Generation Zune

Posted: November 28, 2007
Gadget Pr0n: Second Generation Zune

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We’re the only ones that can help the Average Joe separate the slick gadgets from silicon crap and today, we’re going to review the second generation Zune.

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Second Generation Zune

  • In design, it’s definitely improved over the first one
  • 4 and 8 gigabyte sizes make for a compact device
  • Glass 1.8 inch screen as opposed to plastic is actually a good size
  • Silver matte finish (which you can get laser engraved at zuneoriginals.net)
  • Touch pad navigation
  • It’s great. slide your finger vertically or horizontally and click in the middle to navigate menus. the Center click is not defined as much as we'd like
  • The text is large enough to make even the small screen easy to read, so navigation is some of the simplest we've seen
  • FM radio
  • Audio supports mp3 and wma, even aac
  • Pictures and video in widescreen (h.264, wmv and mpeg-4)
  • 320 by 240 resolution at 30 frames per second
  • Wi-fi allows you to sync content from your pc over your home network but doesn't download. (ipod doesn't sync, downloads)
  • Also allows you to share music and photos wirelessly with other zune users
  • No equalizer, but does come with high-quality earbuds and regular earbuds
  • Added podcast support
  • Rated battery life is 24 hours for audio, higher than most flash based players
  • Zune is selling really well on amazon and other retailers, mainly because of its price. $149 for 4 gb, about $180 for 8 gb, $249 for 80 gb.
  • Love the wireless sync and sharing, fm radio, but lacks tv or movies in the zune marketplace, no Mac support.
  • Still not on ipod's level, but it's getting there faster than expected



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