The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 20

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #20 – Zune HD

zune

As the only alternative to Apple’s white thing, the Zune has endured its fair share of jokes and scorn. Microsoft has taken four years of ridicule to forge this rather fetching Zune HD. As one of the only players ou there that can match the iPod Touch in specs, aesthetics and pricing. This makes the Zune a perfect gift for the three people in the world who do not own an iPod and do not wish to. Here are the specs:

Specifications

Initially released models include a 16GB capacity in black and a 32GB capacity in platinum. Other color and size combinations, including those beyond black and platinum, are available through Zune Originals. The specifications as listed by the official web page of the Zune HD, as well as reported by various sources are:

Screen material: glass covered OLED display
Screen size: 3.3 in
Screen resolution: 480 x 272 px, with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, built-in accelerometer
Operating system: Windows CE
Storage: 16 and 32 GB flash memory
CPU and GPU: Nvidia Tegra APX with one ARM11 and one ARM7 processor cores and 6 other cores for dedicated tasks such as graphics, audio, video, and HD video processors
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2 authentication modes and WEP 64-bit and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES encryption modes
Built-in rechargable 3.7 V 660 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery with up to 33 hours of audio playback (wireless off) and 8.5 hours of video
Size: 52.7×102.1×8.9 mm (2.07×4.08×0.35 in)
Weight: 74 grams (2.6 ounces)
A Wi-Fi version of the Zune Marketplace
HD radio tuner
Unicode Support
Equalizer
Web browser (based on Internet Explorer Mobile 6 for Windows CE)
Games
Audio output: Analog RCA and Optical Digital out (additional dock required)

Audio support:
CBR and VBR audio, up to 48 kHz sample rate
WMA Standard up to 384 kbps (DRM protected files can be played only if purchased from the Zune Marketplace)
WMA Pro stereo up to 768 kbps
WMA Lossless stereo up to 768 kbps
Unprotected AAC-LC (.mp4/.m4a/.m4b) up to 320 kbps
MP3 up to 320 kbps

Video support:
DVD resolution and frame rate, up to 10 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for:
H.264, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.1 + B-frames support
WMV Main and Simple Profile, Advanced profile up to Level 2.
720p HD resolution, up to 14 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for above supported video profiles
MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple Profile up to 4.0 Mbps bit rate
720p high definition video output – HDMI or Composite (additional dock required for both)

Purchases can be made here

Today we have Mr Sway Dasafo. Enjoy.

Dré

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