CNET Labs has just published the results of their Zune 80 audio-only battery tests and “the numbers are somewhat disappointing,” Donald Bell reports for CNET.
Despite Microsoft’s rating of the Zune 80 for 30 hours of audio playback with the Wi-Fi feature turned off, “lab testing revealed that the Zune 80 is realistically capable of 22 hours of audio playback with the Wi-Fi feature turned off, or 18.5 hours with the Wi-Fi feature enabled,” Bell reports.
“While 22 hours is certainly better than the 13 hours we got from the first-generation Zune, it’s nowhere close to the 45 hours we were able to get from the competing 80GB iPod classic,” Bell reports.
MacDailyNews Note: Apple historically understates battery life. For the 80GB iPod classic, Apple rates music playback time at “up to 30 hours when fully charged.” For the 160GB iPod classic, Apple rates music playback time at “up to 40 hours when fully charged.”
Bell asks, “Does the fact that the Zune’s screen is nearly twice as large as the iPod make up for the battery life being about half as good?”
MacDailyNews Take: Uh, no, especially when you realize that the screen resolutions (320-by-240-pixel resolution) are the same, so all you get with Microsoft’s Oldsmobile, er… Zune, besides general derision, social isolation, and ownership of an ugly, squircled, also-ran iPod wannabe with less than half the battery life, is a blocky, pixellated, inferior image.
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