"Save your sanity."1.5 starson by obooster
Pros: size, form, FM radio, recorder
Cons: short battery life, constant crashes, slow transfer
Summary: I had wanted to purchase an mp3 player for years but was turned off by the cheap feeling, cheap looking and the lack of options on most non-ipod mp3 players. Then the Zen Micro came to the market. I was finally willing to put some serious money towards such a small peace of electronics. It had all the options I have been looking for and I thought it looked better then the Ipod/Mini, plus it works with Napster to go which i thought was just a great idea... A true Ipod Killer.
I wish I had waited... The extras (fm radio, recorder, size, Napster to go, looks) does not compensate for the headaches that come with the unit...
Within the first day the unit had locked up twice causing me to reload firmware, which in turn caused me to reload the entire library of music on the device which is a pain in the a$$. It took me nearly 2-3 hours to transfer data from pc to Zen Micro. The next thing I noticed was that the battery life was not even close to the stated lifespan of 12 hours... The best I could get out of it was 4 hours. So when the battery was not dead and the player was not stuck on the boot screen, I noticed that it had terrible search time... While playing a track if you try to search up or down a few tracks it would normally take about 5-10 seconds to begin playing the selected track.
I ended up giving the player a few extra days (2 weeks) of testing and I was still not satisfied… After numerous crashes (about 10) and having to reload the library every time, I gave up. CompUSA was nice enough to allow me to return the device (I wish they were nice enough to have a display model of the Zen Micro so that I could have seen some of the issues prior to purchasing) without any restocking fee’s.
I then went straight to the apple store and purchased a 4gb Ipod Mini. I could not be happier. My music transfers in minutes (4gb’s worth of data) the battery last’s longer then the Zen’s (still not to published spec’s) and I have not had one crash within 4 weeks of owning the Ipod Mini. I miss not having the radio and Napster to go, but I don’t miss the headaches…
And another quick note is the lack of accessories. I think that there are a few must haves for a mp3 player that Creative should offer. A docking station, armband (a must for the serious jogger), and a fitted pouch (not that cheap baggie that is included with the Micro).