Just wanted to post up that this unit is NICE. I am very happy with it. SQ is stellar for a hard drive player and there is zero background noise at all even at max volume. Menus are simple and user friendly. I have had two ipods in the last 6 months and hated both / sold both online. I have seen good and bad reviews on the zune but for what I wanted out of a portable it is perfect.
LOVE the fact that I can take my MP3's & AAC files and upload them straight to the player, no file conversion. I do wish I could retrive them back as once uploaded they are locked in the player.
Screen is huge and high quality. I uploaded a few movies to it, and to my suprise they are watchable on the unit and look good at the max res! Was nice on the plane trip over. SQ on the movies was also great but found a glitch in the software I purchased / it will not let me record the sound portion of movies higher than 256 "cucusoft dvd to zune converter"
Unit is larger than the ipods I owned and has weight. I like this, I do not like dainty little paper thin peices of hardware.
Photo's are nice and high quality. Easy to browse.
Unit has wireless but the zune to zune feature to check out and listen to what others are listening to is kind of pointless IMO. The wireless SYNC to the pc is very nice.
Mine is black, and most of the time it looks black. But get it in sunlight and it turns a transparent blue around the edges. Very cool looking
Snagged it for an overseas trip I am on now with plans to return it if it ******. Definitly a keeper.
You can kind of see how the black turns blue in light around the edges in this pic.