The Zune: A Review
Yesterday I finally got my Zune 120, all the way to Australia from America through Ebay thanks to Microsoftâ€™s failure to release the Zune internationally at this point.
All I can say is it was completely worth it.
The bad thing for Microsoft is itâ€™s taken 3 years to get the Zune to meet itâ€™s initial expectations, the good thing is that I really donâ€™t care because itâ€™s a fantastic product. I have to admit I have never wanted an iPod primarily for the reason that I donâ€™t want what everyone else has, and also because I donâ€™t like iTunes.
The Zune software is perhaps Microsoftâ€™s most under-appreciated work. Iâ€™ve been using it for a few months now, ever since the 2.5 release, and like it a lot, but it wasnâ€™t till I actually had a Zune myself that the whole experience opened up and I realised how great the software is. What I love most about it is that Microsoft has not taken the approach of meeting the iTunes head-on, feature for feature. Instead theyâ€™ve worked on creating a great experience, so that even if the Zune lacks something Apple provides, users are willing to make the compromise.
I had to find and download a hack from somewhere to get access to all the Zune features and online services, but everything is working perfectly now.
The Zune itself looks great, feels great and has a awesome navigation pad which I prefer to the â€˜Click Wheelâ€™. Itâ€™s not quite as good for scrolling long song lists, but much better for skipping up or down by a couple songs at a time, something I find the Click Wheel not so good at. The screen however is horrible for attracting smudges and finger prints. Also the provided headphones are pretty crap, I replaced them immediately.
Anyway, up to this point I would be hard pressed to name another product which really wasbetter than the iPod, although a few did come close (Creative Vision:M and Gigabeat S series). The Zune 3.0 however I can honestly say provides a better experience and product than Apple and the iPod (classic).
Also Microsoftâ€™s strategy of providing updates and new features to all Zune owners, no matter how old the product is really fantastic.Advertisement