Pros Size, Portability, Holding Capacity, Size, Look, Accessories
Cons Malfunctions, Software Problems
Summary After a couple days of intense research, I came down to the Zen Micro and the iPod Mini. I chose the Mini because I get a student discount and could get it for 179, whereas I could get the Micro for $229. Everything was beautiful, for 11 days. Then, today actually, my Mini started skipping a couple of songs, and then actually shut off and would not come on AT ALL. I was like, hmmm. So, I went to apple.com and tried to do a reset and a restore to no avail. I call the support line and they tell me to return the unit to the store (by the way, phone support is NOT 24 hours and is NOT free. You get 1 free phone support call, after that it is 49.99 a call if you don't sign up for their extended warranty--WOW!). Thank god for me, I was within my 14 day return or exchange limit, so I got a new Mini on the spot. But what if I wasn't??? Well, go check the iPod Mini forums on apple.com if you want to scare yourself. A guy at the apple store said, "But those are just the people that are mad and have problems and post--the happy people don't post." To a certain extent, I agree with him, but not when there are hundreds and hundreds of posts of different problems.
So, what's my advice? I am very nervous with my Mini right now. Have you ever driven a car you think might crap out on you on the road at any time? Or have you ever had a computer that crashes at the most inoportune times? Well, that's what it feels like to own a Mini right now. I would probably take the Creative, with an extra gig (I have the 4gb Mini), pay a little more, and feel safer. Hope this helps--good luck!
Pros ahh...super easy to use, functions well
Cons no FM radio or recording of anykind.
Summary I admit, I have never been a huge apple fan and recieved this player as a gift. I will be returning it because it really just dosnt do it for me. Lacking features that have become standard in most other players, I feel the ipod mini is extremely over hyped. Plus, its just plain ugly!Updated
This is actual the biggest problem I have with it. Rather than pumping out cash to send it in for a replacement every year or so, I know many impatient kids who simply buy a new one, which I guess was done intentionaly by Apple to make some extra bucks.
"Simply elegant!!!"on by jayvee2
Pros Design, user-friendly, elegant!
Cons Must use iTunes, breaks in music.
Summary How can you not like the design and user-friendliness of this little beauty?! Just download (or buy) music into your iTunes application and plug in the iPod and it automatically updates your music and charges the battery. It could not be more simple!
There are a few drawbacks. If you managed to lose everything in iTunes and you reconnect your iPod it will delete everything.
Also, if you are listening to music where the tunes blend one into another, there is a brief “break” in the music with the iPod (which is a little annoying).
If you’re lugging around a portable CD player, get rid of it and buy one of these!
Pros excellent design, good sound quality, great battery life, user-friendly interface
Cons to shuffle or repeat songs, you need to exit to the main menu and go into the settings menu, which is a little annyoing, no adjustable backlight fader, no power adapter
Pros Design is hot.
Cons Non-replaceable battery and limited codec support.
Summary Apple reigned supreme in MP3 players for a brief window, they made a quality product when everyone else was cranking out cheap plastic units. Now though they are falling way behind compared to some competitors, especially Creative, Samsung, and Rio. For this price I should be able to record MP3's directly, and play back Ogg files - but instead I am stuck with MP3 or Apple's own codec which I don't like. The click wheel is nice, but it's not reason enough to buy this unit.