The Zune HD is a portable media player in the Zune product family released on September 15, 2009 by Microsoft. It is a direct competitor with the Apple iPod and iPhone series of mobile devices. It was initially released in 16 and 32 GB capacities. A 64 GB version was released on April 9, 2010. It utilizes a touchscreen interface for navigation and includes Wi-Fi for synchronization, access to the Zune Marketplace and Web browsing.
The Zune HD utilizes the Nvidia Tegra APX 2600 chip, allowing it to play 720p video through the optional HDMI Zune dock on a high-definition television. Otherwise, content will be scaled down to 480×272 pixels on the player’s OLED touchscreen.
Web browser feature
The browser features favorites and Bing search. The keyboard can be accessed by touching a text box, swiping up from the bottom bar of the browser and touching the address bar, or touching the magnifying glass (search) icon on the bottom bar of the browser. The keyboard has portrait orientation, with the keys bulging around the user’s finger when touched. The web browser has pinch and stretch for zooming and page reorientation due to the built in accelerometer. The Zune HD web browser scores 5/100 in the Acid3 test. As of the launch, the Zune HD’s web browser does not support Adobe Flash applications, such as video playback on YouTube, and no plans have been made to bring Flash support to the device.
With the 4.3 firmware update, browsing performance was improved, and users can change the Internet settings to display the browser optimized for a Mobile device or for a PC experience. In addition, users can now enable “auto correct” and “auto capitalize” when using the keyboard to enter information, making it easier to type content into the browser.
With the 4.5 firmware update, browsing performance was further improved. In addition, Smart DJ playlists, Picks, expanded video codec support, and the ability to download photos and sort favorites by name and date were included in the update.
Enhanced entertainment is vivid with an easy-to-use 3.3 inch touchscreen for all navigation.
Get instant access to a variety of FM stations at no additional cost with crystal clear, CD-quality sound.
HD video out
Watch HD movies and TV shows, or shop for music from Zune Marketplace, all on your big screen HDTV. (Zune HD AV dock required, sold separately.)
Buy and stream music in wi-fi hotspots, sync wirelessly to your PC, and surf the Internet on wireless networks.
Get more information on Zune HD Official Page