Microsoft Zune HD

9.0
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Reviewed by techblitz (Currently owns)

I love my Zune HD, to the point where I would pay a million dollars just to have a Zune HD2. That's right

Microsoft, a million dollars. The hypothetical, not at all possible ball is in your court.
The hardware itself is lovely, although I've scratched up the aluminum without a case. It's thin, light and it has a really nice overall feel. The screen is great in the dark, but outside it fades almost to the point of it being unusable. Still, there are brightness settings for that, and it never has been too much of a problem. I would have like physical volume rockers and speakers, though. Battery life is fantastic, always lasting at least three days for music and apps.

The software on the Zune is so very elegant, and you can see the traces of the HD in Windows Phone. Quickplay, for instance, is useful when i want to listen to a certain artist. The Tiles aspect in WP7 is directly comparable to Quickplay. It's fun to navigate and always looks good. The app department is seriously lacking, but a Zune HD2 with Windows Phone could amend any of those wrongs. Get on it, Microsoft!

Seriously, this is one of the best pieces of hardware I have, and it's potential only makes me want a Zune HD2 even more. Sigh.

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  • Design 10
  • Display 7
  • Software 8
  • Performance 10
  • Battery life 10
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