Yesterday, Microsoft debuted their new Zune devices and when I read about it, I was curious how they compared to both the old Zune look and feel, as well as the iPod look and feel.  To my surprise, I didn't really find any good comparisons already out there on the net, so I decided to create my own.

I used the snipping tool to snip images of various Zune and iPod devices, scaled them to actual size and put them all beside each other.  I gathered the technical specs from both vendor web sites and wikipedia.  Here is the resulting side by side image comparison:

side by side new zune and ipod

These are not lifesize (because that would not fit on the page), but they are to scale.  (Oh, and if you want to link to this image, the URL is http://blogs.technet.com/blogfiles/security/WindowsLiveWriter/ZuneandiPodSizeComparison_DADE/zuneandipod.png)

Personally, I really like the look of both the new Zune models, but particularly the red Zune 8.  The old Zune was just too large for me to pack around.  I've always liked the iPod nano size and look, but I like the bigger screen on the Zune 8 and imagine that integration with my Media Center is going to be nice for portable TV shows.

I think I know what I'm getting for Christmas ... ;-)