Zune HD vs. iPod touch: The Definitive Comparison

Paul Thurott has just published a comparison of the Zune HD vs. iPod Touch so I have put the comparison chart below with what I think the winner of each category highlighted in green. 

Feature

Zune HD

iPod touch

Availability

US only

Worldwide

Price/capacity

$220 – 16 GB
$290 – 32 GB

$300 – 32 GB
$400 – 64 GB

Available colors

Black
Platinum
Red
Green
Blue

Black

Case customization

Custom colors, case designs via Zune Originals (online)

Text engraving from Apple Store (online)

Size

52.7 mm x 102.1 mm x 8.9 mm

61.8 mm x 110 mm x 8.5 mm

Weight

2.6 ounces

4.05 ounces

Battery life

Music: up to 33 hours
Video: up to 8.5 hours

Music: up to 30 hours
Video: up to 6 hours

Charge time (A/C adapter)

2 hours

4 hours

Charge time (USB/PC)

3 hours

4 hours

Screen

3.3 inch, 16:9 OLED display
480 x 272

3.5 inch, LCD display
480 x 320

Multi-touch capable

Yes

Yes

Accelerometer

Yes

Yes

CPU

NVIDIA Tegra

Samsung ARM

Video output

720p HD (requires optional AV Dock)

480p SD (standard definition, requires optional cables or dock) (576p SD internationally)

Radio

FM and HD Radio

n/a

Wi-Fi

Yes (802.11b/g)

Yes (802.11b/g)

Wireless access to online store

Yes

Yes

Content available from online store

Music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, applications

Music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, audiobooks, applications

Number of available apps

9

over 75,000

Subscription music service

Zune Pass, $14.99/month

n/a

Audio format support

MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA Lossless, AAC, Audible

MP3, AAC, Protected AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Audible

Video format support

H.264, MPEG-4, WMV, DVR-MS (transcoded)

H.264, MPEG-4

Speaker(s)

n/a

1

App: Photo viewing

Yes

Yes

App: Web browser

Yes

Yes

App: Email

No

Yes

App: Calendar

No

Yes

App: Contacts

No

Yes

App: Email

No

Yes

App: Weather

Yes

Yes

App: Clock

Yes

Yes

App: Calculator

Yes

Yes

App: You Tube

No

Yes

App: Voice recording

No

Yes

App: Stocks

No

Yes

App: Notes

No

Yes

To see the original go to Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows: Zune HD vs. iPod touch: The Definitive Comparison

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