Hello from Seattle

(thanks to Niall)

5 days in with my Zune and I still haven't really had the chance to play with it too much. Here are the comments from people who have seen it ranked in order of most frequent:

  • What do you think of it?
  • Brown eh...
  • It's a bit bigger than an iPOD
  • How much storage does it have?
  • When are they out in the UK?

The first one is the one I need a better answer to as right now, my friends have used it more than I have. There are a tonne of detailed reviews - albeit not at The Guardian who have yet to take up my loan offer - so I'll keep mine short for now. Here is what I like and dislike to date:


  • I *love* the Hello from Seattle on the back of the unit. The writing it TINY and many people miss it. I think it's a nice bit of humour
  • The box and the whole OOBE experience. Very cool and clearly some money and thought has gone in to it.
  • The headphones. I love the attention to detail that they magentically stick together. I'm not sure it's actually useful but cool that someone though of it.
  • The WiFi experience. I shared some tunes with Stephen McGill (UK XBOX product manager) on friday who had a black and a white Zune and it worked a treat.
  • The little brown pouch. I wasn't expecting this and it has nice seude feel to it
  • The FM radio. Simple but excellent and the UI for it is great!
  • Add on programs like Feed Your Zune already available!


  • Built in video and music - I may be just dumb but I can't quite figure out how to remove the pre-installed content [update: just figured this out...duh]
  • Lack of a power supply. It would have been a US one of course but my days in the mobile group mean I have a US powerstrip in the house. Doesn't everyone?
  • The little brown pouch. It's too tight for the unit though I'm told they stretch...quickly
  • The fonts - sometimes seem a bit jaggedy to me.
  • Speed - I want it to be even faster in UI navigation.


  • the brown thing. the green tinge is cool but I'm quietly jealous of McGill's black unit which actually looks a bit more charcoal. Brown is the new charcoal though - I just need to keep saying that to myself 🙂
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Comments (3)

  1. Charles says:

    Hang on a minute, I didn’t realise we had to "take you up on your offer". You said in the relevant post that you would walk up to Clerkenwell (which would be interesting; we’re more easily found at 119 Farringdon Rd, but anyway) and hand the object over.

    We’re always open, pretty much. Put yer Zune where your mouth is, then. (So to speak.)

     Charles Arthur, editor, Guardian Technology

  2. stevecla01 says:

    Ah yes, Farringdon Rd it is Charles. My mouth is fairly full of red wine at the moment but happy to drop by with the Zune some time soon. Can you drop me an email and we can come to some arrangement?


  3. I saw them at wall mart, how much are they. Do they work like ipod. How much storage did you get.

    I need on.

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