The Zune itself is solid. The casing is scratch free after two months of use and I don’t use a case. It’s been a tough call because I want to protect it from damage but at the same time I love the look of it and it seems a shame to put it in a case. Fortunately the Zune seems simply impervious to damage and two months later my Zune looks as good as the day I bought it. The directional pad, back button and play/pause button are very tactile and responsive. I also really like the double shot effect. The lime green is a great complement to the brown. If you prefer the black and blue combination you can’t go wrong there either. The Zune is a joy to hold as the shell feels almost soft.
Now, for all you people who have just scoffed at Microsoft’s “Welcome to the Social” campaign, you can’t understand this unless you’ve done it. For the record, this guy is really nice but not someone I’ve had much contact with before yesterday. Over the past two days we’ve probably chatted for about an hour and it’s entirely because of the Zune. And the swapping we did wasn’t just to test out to see how it worked (though it certainly started like that). I wanted some of the backgrounds he had on his Zune so he just sent them on over.