Straight Shot: The Zune HD is a better gadget than the iPOD touch.
Still needs work: The Zune HD has only a handful of games available and almost no apps.
Frustrating: Despite a decent browser, most websites kick the Zune browser to their crappy mobile sites.
Long Wind: I’ve been a avid user of the ipod touch since it’s launch. I love mine. However, it’s starting to annoy me. The battery with wifi is weak on the touch. The itunes store doesn’t save your password and prompts you incessantly. I hate the way apps come up and shut down. It’s heavy. The headphone jack is on bottom… blargh (so is the zune’s… double blargh).
my biggest beef though is that the itunes experience is old and the track by track business model annoys me. I much prefer the amazon mp3 approach for track buying (buy once and it’s yours) and the Zune pass for all-you-can-eat subscriptions.
The Zune HD is a great little device. I mean it is little… very light and thin. Touch screen is crisp and responsive. The user interface is nice and seems fresh. The HD radio is very nice. Ok, i’ll admit it’s still a bit geeky looking compared to the sexy ipod/iphone curvey/shiny/flashy cases…. but geeky is the new sexy, right?
Mark My Words: The Zune and the Microsoft entertainment ecosystem will continue to chip away at Apple’s dominance. From gaming to VOD to music players Microsoft has a better line up and that will win out over time.