i myself own a Zune 120 and am an outspoken fan of it, BUT..
HHD players are excellent for one thing: Holding your entire collection of movies, pictures, music, podcasts, etc.
HHP players are generally cheaper for the amount of memory they hold. The Zune 120 costs $250 while the Zune 16 costs about $149. The reason is simple: flash-based technology is not yet cheap enough.
With flash devices, it usually drains the battery less, are more durable because they have no movable parts, and are much smaller, but they hold significantly less.
The only time a HHD player is extremely vulnerable to a fall is when it is reading the music off it's hard drive. When you select a song to play or picture to view, it has to load it onto it's hard drive to it's internal memory. (both the iPod and Zune use this system). It takes it about 1 to 4 seconds. WIth large movies, it does it every 15 to 20 minutes or so, but when its not reading from the hard drive, theyre generally pretty reliable even when it comes to falls.
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