Weighing only 5.6 ounces, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and 30GB of storage space, Microsoftâ€™s Zune is just a little larger than Appleâ€™s iPod â€“ and Rocks. The Zune, available in Black, White and Brown, has several impressive features. It sports a 3-inch screen, four-way controller and a custom version of Microsoftâ€™s Portable Media Center OS. The Zune also boasts two features that Apple hasnâ€™t thought to add, an FM Tuner and Wi-Fi. It also has video playback and photo viewing capability.
Despite the Zuneâ€™s impressive features, it does have a few limitations. The Zune is not backward compatible with WMA-DRM9, it only supports WMV videos natively, it wonâ€™t play DRM video files and you canâ€™t share video via Wi-Fi.
In tests performed on the Microsoft Zune, video, audio and photo playback were excellent and the Wi-Fi connection worked well swapping songs. The Zune also works seamlessly with the Zune Marketplace software. Microsoft rates the battery life of the Zune at about 14 hours of playback time.
Comparing the Zuneâ€™s Pros and Cons, overall the Microsoft Zune provides a quality portable multimedia experience. The ability to transfer audio and photos via Wi-Fi sets the Zune apart from other portable multimedia devices on the market and we know that other portable multimedia devices will soon follow in Microsoftâ€™s footsteps.