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Old 10-16-2007, 05:08 AM
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Default Zune v2 Battery Numbers are In

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2007/10/15/battery-life-new-lineup.aspx' target='_blank'>http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2007/10/15/battery-life-new-lineup.aspx</a><br /><br /></div>Coming straight from my man <a href="http://zuneinsider.com/archive/2007/10/15/battery-life-new-lineup.aspx" target="_blank">Cesar at Zune Insider</a>, the Zune v2 battery numbers are in. The results? Read on...<br /><br /><strong>Zune 4GB and Zune 8GB </strong><br />Audio: up to 24 hours <br />Video: up to 4 hours <br /><br />How does that compare to the iPod? The Zune 4 and Zune 8 devices compare to the iPod Nano, which according to Apple manages to get 24 hours of audio and 5 hours of video. So it's a match on audio playing time and 20% more on video for the iPod Nano. I don't know how much video people are going to really watch on a 2 inch screen (Nano) or a 1.8 inch screen (Zune 4 and Zune 8), so I don't see a significant advantage going to the iPod on that score. I'd call it a wash.<br /><br /><strong>Zune 80</strong><br />Audio: up to 30 hours<br />Video: up to 4 hours<br /><br />The Zune 80 lines up against the 80 GB iPod Classic, which Apple says will do 40 hours of music and 7 hours of video. Unlike the Flash-based players, I think the difference here is a bigger deal. I think the Zune's 3.2&quot; screen is going to be used for video more often than the 2.5&quot; screen on the iPod, and four hours of video on the Zune isn't much to write home about. Sure, powering up a 3.2&quot; screen probably takes more juice than powering a 2.5&quot; screen (even though the resolution is the same), but four hours of video playback isn't impressive moving into 2008 - it was decent back in early 2006 when I had my Creative Zen Vision:M, but we're talking almost two years later. I'm a big fan of mobile video, and I was really hoping that the Zune 80 would be a killer mobile video device for that 10 hours of flying I'm going to do in late November when I head to Amsterdam. I can supplement it with a USB-charging device, but I would have loved to have seen six to seven hours of video playback on the Zune 80. Looks like Microsoft has some catching up to do here with Apple. <br /><br />On the audio front, 30 hours of audio is a huge step up from the 12 to 14 hours we saw with the v1 Zune, but it's also a massive 25% drop from the iPod's offering of 40 hours. For my needs, 30 hours is a lot of music, but if you're a daily commuter that doesn't like to have to worry about recharging your audio player, 10 hours might be a few extra days of a commute.<br /><br />So in summary: Microsoft did quite good - a big improvement from v1 - but they still haven't matched the iPod, and that's not a good thing for consumers that are deciding which player to pick.
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