While visiting the Zune Insider blog I noticed, several posts deep, information I have been waiting on for months to answer my last remaining burning question: How is the battery life?
Well, it appears Zune battery life will be much better than expected:
- With wireless disabled: 14 hours (max)
- With wireless enabled: 13 hours (max)
- Video/Pictures: 4 hours (max)
How did the individuals responsible for the above numbers achieve the 14 hour result?
- Wireless set to off
- 128 kbps WMA files ripped from an average-length album
- Playback set to repeat
- EQ (equalizer) set to none
- Volume level set to default
- Backlight timer set to 1 second
- No other activity during playback (e.g., navigation, pictures, pause, etc.)
While this configuration is not very real-world, benchmarks typically aren’t since they are also meant to be repeatable. I’m going to take the numbers at face value with the typical “lab results may differ from real-world use” grain of salt.
With that last vestige of concern put to rest, our household will be buying two Zune’s as soon as possible — even TB is excited about her (yet-to-be-purchased) Zune which is kinda weird. At least I know I will have one person to share songs with. Scratch that. I don’t want any Anita Baker tracks messing up my Zune experience.