Pros 16.7 million colors display, best audio, SD slot
Cons A/V-out port? where is it?
Summary although not as touchy as ipod... zen has a VERY good video sound quality... which is why i bought the Zen vision:M instead of the Ipod 5G. i Just like its beautiful screen and it made me so happy with its bass boost, Excellent sound quality. SD slot was a very good and wise move.
Why doesn't it have the A/V-out port??? man
i did enjoy alot addin, watchin Films in dvd-rip AVI (good quality) in my big screen TV. Plus they could've included a touchpad instead of that controlpad on the side, and also a volume controller. tough touch has all those features and the touch screen, i still like alot the new Zen, a bit disappointed, but its V/S quality... DAMN!
I still didn't decide which one to "empty my pockets on", Ipod Touch or Creative Zen. Zens' PROS are IpodTouchs' CONS and vice-versa, its a difficult choice.Updated
1. best video quality (16.7M colors)
2. stellar audio quality
3. supports lots of audio formats
4. small & light ("very portable")
5. sd slot exp.
6. good interface
1. NO A/V out port (enjoyed alot that on vision:M)
2. SD expansion doesn't merge into zen's mem... can't drag from SD to zen;
3. it doesn't support most of the video formats that vision:m does ... odd i kinda thought that with that much colour it would support lots of video formats. for example my vision:M supports wmv3 but zen doesn't. most avi, divx, xvid videos with 640x480 or more then 380x240 resolution were playable in my vision:M but not on zen; saddens me...
4. it should support far more video formats.
5. no FM recording
6. would be a real ipod killer with bluetooth and wi-fi.
7. feels like cheap... looks plastic madeUpdated
Pros Great sound, lots of features. It's compact and light, and the display is excellent.
Cons No SD memory integration into music library.
Summary I bought the 4 GB model a year or so ago because my old 16 GB Zen touch was crapping out, but I couldn't afford the 16 GB model on this one. I figured I would just upgrade when I had the dough. I finally picked up a 16 GB SD card yesterday, took it home and crammed most of my music onto the new card. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that I now have to access all that music via the "Memory card" section, separate from "Music," and that none of the menus or modes available in the music section are available in the memory card section. No random play and no continuous play (i.e., once an album finishes the music stops). If you have just one song by an artist, once that song ends the music stops, and you have to manually select the next artist or song. If you turn it off you have to start all over the next time you turn it on. This is a gigantic pain in the ass. Why even have the capacity for extra memory if the hardware doesn't allow you to manage it?
After bad experiences with two different Creative models I think I am done with Creative.
Pros Small, clear screen.
Cons Only USB charging, have to convert video files to view them.
Summary I had the old Zen Vision:M 30GB before (which got stolen on a bloddy train of all places) so when I was gonna replace it this seemed like the obvious choice. I can't say I'm very happy with it though. Didn't include and charger, it can only be charged via USB which I find a hassle. Also, all video files need to be converted which takes FOREVER! All in all, I'd go with a different player!
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Pros Clear screen with custimizable background, shortcut button which gives a lot of extra features, easy to navigate user interface.
Cons loud buttons that can be heard accross the room
Summary I just got the Creative Zen (8 gigs) about a week ago and couldn't be happier. The only real problem that I have with this player are the loud buttons. I'm in high school, and also in the middle of exams, so when I am done with my exam and want to listen to my music, it seems that everyone can hear me every time a button is pressed. However, this is a drawback that should not persuade anyone against, really.
also, i prefer this over a cheap-fealing set of buttons any day!
besides this one minor draw-back, the player works PHENOMENALLY. I hooked it up to my computer running Windows Vista (without loading the CD), and it instantly loaded ALL of my music in no time, and even my pictures and videos!
With that in mind, i give this player a 10/10 because of it's easy navigation, beutifule screen, great sound quality, and fast transfer speeds.
Pros SD card slot!! light, cheaper than I-pod.
Cons Screen is small and not sharp enough
Summary The additional SD card slot is what makes the Zen a better choice than other mp3 players around. The screen though, is more of a gimmick than a real useful feature. I mean why would I want to view pics of vids with that 2.5 inch screen when the display on my camera and PSP are much larger and sharper. I'm looking forward to the next generation of Zen when the buttons will be replaced by a touch screen, so they won't use up so much space and thus leave more room for the screen