Pros The player came with infinite more useful features than the ipod mini that actually work. It is also much smaller, charges faster, and curved to fit
Cons Before i bought this player, I read that a lot of people thought that the vertical touch pad was difficult to use. However, i did not think so and actually perfer it to the apple click wheel. I
Summary The player has come geared and much perpared to face the ipod mini. The creative zen micro has a smaller more comfortable figure which might appeal to other more than the ipod mini, after seeing so many of them on the street. The vertical strip, as i said, worked flawlessly for me. I think people might be getting the wrong idea about it after all of these over empathized reviews on it. I found that this slider used from cnet to rate this product was harder to use. And lastly about the interfaces between the ipod mini and zen micro is that the apple click wheel got very dirty after using it (smugged because of the material on it), however this vertical touch wheel can not. And most importandtly, the music is just as clear as the ipod mini - I owned both the ipod mini and creative zen micro.
The other thing that people complain about this was that it freezes. I never encountered any freezing myself.
The reason why i gave it a nine was that there was a very tiny dot on the screen that appeared after a few hours of use.
Pros Great sound quality and the device is just neat overall. USB cable also acts as a charger when plugged in
Cons can't listen to music while putting songs in...touch pad can be a little too sensitive in your pocket (use belt clip)
Summary This thing is a great mp3 player but it can use some minor improvements such as being able to listen to music while songs are being transferred onto it and making it a little easier to organize your songs. This mp3 player is so cool though. The touchpad might make it seem a little gimmicky but it isn't. You'll get used to the touchpad in 10 minutes tops. There are also sensitivity settings that you can set it to. I haven't quite figured out how to work the FM radio..(or maybe i'm just out of range or something like that) but i'm sure it's good cause my old cd player had an FM radio and that was pretty good. The default menus can look a little too similar to the menu of an ipod but they are customizable if you hate ipods completely. Ipod mini vs. Creative Zen micro...zen micro totally owns it because even though it's 30 more, zen micro gives you 5 gb (4gb coming soon), the sound quality pwns it, it's sexier(the lights are FREAKIN awsome), battery life is longer (i got 7 hours with everything practically on high and stuff and i kept on messing with the touchpad like super alot, backlight set to the max amount of time, and idle time off),battery is removable, FM radio, and the completely touch sensitive, no buttons control system(unless you get the remote) is more awsome than the scroll wheel with a button. the wheel on the ipod is much more difficult to use because you aren't moving it in vertical directions but rather a circular direction to move the menu thing up and down so that is probably a little harder to get used to. Great product..takes about 2-3 hours to completely charge for up to 12 hours of good musicness
Pros looks good, sounds good, glows, color choices
Cons headphone jack problem, crappy radio quality, scratches easily, absolutely no accessories sold for it
Summary You'll notice that the ratings for this product are either very high or very low. This is because when it works it is great but unfortunately there are so many things known to go wrong with it. Read forums before you decide to buy this, and listen to the negative reviews. The headphone jack on mine started giving me problems, and very soon after it began freezing up. The whole unit is very scratch prone, so you can't just drop it in your pocket, which is the reason I bought a microdrive player in the first place, and to make things worse you can't buy a decent case for it. And the reason you'd get this over the ipod mini is because of the features. Well voice recording is great if you ever use that type of thing, but the radio sucks, so go ahead and get an ipod mini, like I am going to. (too bad I had to pay a $35 restocking fee getting a refund for my zen micro)
"The jury's still out"on by grunt
Pros removable battery, good sound quality, supports various music formats
Cons occasionally freezes. Dodgy headphone jack
Summary I bought this on impulse last October via Amazon, as a friend was using an ipod, and I detested the way i tunes limited what you can do with your tracks post purchase.
Anyway,here goes. First impressions were excellent, the package came with a spare battery, and, once charged, connected to my computer first time, and imported all my mp3 files ( about 900 ) in about 10 minutes. The sound quality is good,and it supports wma files as well as mp3. The bundled software is intuitive and easy to use.The keypad took a bit of getting used to,but after adjusting the sensitivity I found it better than the famous "wheel"
Now the bad news.The battery life is nowhere near 12 hours. Mine seem to vary between 4 and 7,depending on keypad use. Once switched on, go to the dj section and select random, or sort out a couple of playlists via the software on the computer to maximise battery life.
Secondly, and possibly far more serious is the headphone jack.The connection can become loose, making the whole thing unplayable.I use my zen micro a lot,and it has only happened once so far, and was replaced ( very quickly, I might add ) by creative, but if it turns out to be a regular fault, especially after the warranty runs out, then I won't be replacing it with another Creative product.
Both my zens have occasionally frozen - normally on start up, which I can only resolve by taking the battery out and starting again. I can't be bothered with Creatives support site, so I can put up with this fault if it doen't get any worse.
Final minor criticism is the lack of accessories.I know it's still a relatively new product, but if it's as popular as Creative would have us believe, then 6 months before making a remote available is crap. A dedicated speaker system along the lines of the Soundock system made by Bose for the ipod would be good.
I use mine purely as an mp3 player, so can't comment on some of its other features, but all in all it's a good product at a reasonable price, but with a bit of ( creative? ) thought it would be a winner. If the headphone jack turns out to be a seious issue on such a large selling product, then Creative had better prepare for some serious ngative publicity!
Pros Easy setup and navigation, cool lighting up, low price
Cons Not as much memory as said
Summary The Zen Micro is a great buy. Not only is it overall better then the apple ipod mimi 4GB, but it is the same price (I actually got mine for $180 including shipping at zipzoomfly.com). The backlight is really cool and the menu is nicely organized. While the battery life is good, it's not 12 hrs: maybe about 10. It also does this cool thing when it charges where the backlight pulsates.The DJ Shuffle is also very handy too. It comes with a lot of accesories including a cloth pouch, a protective case, a clip, a stand, and an AC Adaptor (I wasn't sure if it would come with the AC Adaptor because of what it read but mine did). Now why did I give it a 9? Well, the memory didn't hold as much songs as I thought. Right now I have 886 songs and I only have 1.79 Gigs left. Thats only because though that most of my music is in mp3's instead of WMA's, which takes up less space. Also, some of the radio stations don't come in as good as others. My only other complaint is that it could have come with an extra battery but I'm not really mad about that, as the battery I have now is fine - after I downloaded the upgrade off the creative website the battery lasts just about 12 hours. I'd give this thing a 9.5 but I don't have that option. The Creative Zen Micro is definitely a better value than the 4GB ipod mini.