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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
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