Thursday, September 14, 2006

Zune vs iPod, a few interesting notes

Here's a few comments on the whole Zune hysteria that may have been overlooked.

Firstly, due to the vertical orientation of the Zune promotional photos some people think that Zune has a wide-screen aspect ratio which is not true. Both iPod and Zune use 4x3 letterbox. iPod's screen is half an inch shorter diagonally, here's Zune's display shown on top of iPod for comparison:



When it comes to Zune's physical size, it is pretty much the same width as iPod, but a bit longer. This image accurately shows their relative sizes:



Some people assumed that Zune has a higher resolution screen which is untrue; both devices use QVGA (320x240). Something I thought was deceptive about the press photos of Zune is the image below. The device screen in the photo must have been composited digitally, after the shot was taken, as the apparent screen resolution in the photo exceeds that of 320x240. This is probably one of the reasons people think Zune has a high-res screen. After adjusting for 320x240 resolution the press photo in question (on the left) looks quite a bit duller (click for the full-size image):



Now, we just need to know Zune's MSRP!

UPDATE: MSRP was announced at $250 and a few unfortunate annoyances have also come to light.

5 Comments:

Blogger jimmy93211 said...

Nice...
But in these real time videos of the zune the screen does look pretty awesome! Much better that the ipod IMO. It must just be the UI design.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jpHzQYKDlWU
http://youtube.com/watch?v=TaKp_r0hFz0

Bye

10:51 AM  
Blogger Ernest said...

Personally, that interface really sucks. No doubt the Zune will steal a tiny bit of the market, but I highly doubt it'll be any threat to the iPod.

And what's up with the poo-colored zune?

12:40 PM  
Blogger Slaven said...

I'm sure the screen will look pretty bright - the device is quite a bit thicker than iPod, so I'm sure they have stashed a good-sized battery in it. In addition, playing VGA resolution videos would take quite a bit more processing power.

The screen won't really compare well to some PocketPCs that have been on the market for over a year, and even to most Palms.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Slaven said...

"And what's up with the poo-colored zune?"

But it's so counter-culture! ;)

10:30 AM  
Blogger Nitin Verma said...

See also:
Download zune Movies - Top Sites Reviewed
Downloading Zune Games - Best Sites For Unlimited Zune Downloads
Zune Software Download - Best Sites
Zune Marketplace Store - Unlimited Zune Download Sites

9:52 PM  

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