Pros Size, UMS storage by default, nice rubbery case, good sound with good headphones
Cons (Nitpicks, but still) No sleep timer, small screen shows minimum info, slightly inconsistent battery meter, EL backlight (indiglo) buzz, near impossible to remove case from armband once attached
Summary I had a 512 mb MuVo Micro n200 about a month ago, and then exchanged it when my local retailer began carrying the 1gb Nano Plus within a couple weeks into my buying the MuVo. Both are identical and come with idential accessories. The only exception is that the MuVo does have a firmware that takes care of occassional faint popping noises and quiets down the buzzing noise you get from the display's backlight. The Nano Plus hasn't had any sort of firmware updates just yet (at least in the US).
The player itself is great. The size is completely comfortable, and it has a lanyard/strap loop (seen in just about all Asian-made portable electronics, which would be perfect to use with imported Sony MDR-NQ1 or MDR-NX1 lanyard headphones).
I'm using XP Home Edition, and I didn't bother installing anything that came with the player. When plugged into a PC, it comes up as an external storage, so I just drag and drop my album folders via Windows Explorer. Why transferring non-DRM'ed music in this manner is such a rarity among mp3 players is beyond me.
It comes with a small handy rubber-like carrying case/belt clip (the clip also can latch into the provided elastic arm band, but good luck removing it).
My main complaint (and I may be the only person bothered by this) is that there is no sleep timer built into the unit. It's a pretty standard feature (or I'd at least like to think it is) with just about any audio player. I like to listen to my music when I go to sleep, but without a timer, I end up waking up 7 or 8 hours later with my music still playing, with one battery bar left (unless I begin listening from a folder closer with a name to the end of the alphabet). The unit even has an auto-shutdown timer if it's idle for too long, so it shouldn't be hard to include something such as a sleep timer in a firmware update sometime.
The display is small for good reason, but as I listen to many various artist compilations, it would be nice to see more than just the song title from the track's id3 tag. I shouldn't complain about that, though... Shuffle owners aren't even graced with a display. :-P
The unit is good about resuming in the same spot in a song as when it was powered down. The only time that I have problems with that is when the battery dies. When putting a new battery into the unit, it resumes not where the music was when the battery died, but where the music was the last time it was powered down. The volume level and EQ returns to the previous power-down settings, too, which I unfortunately found out once after blowing my ears off (I usually turn off the EQ and crank up the volume when using the Nano Plus with an FM Modulator in the car).
I can't comment yet on the line-in recording quality, but it's too bad that the highest recording quality setting is 160 kbps (mp3), and that the line-in port is smaller than the standard 1/8" (3.5 mm) size that I expected. No sneaking it into raves w/ a stereo mic, unfortunately...
Don't get me wrong, this is a GREAT player... When you have something this well-put together, it just makes all the little teeny nitpicky flaws stand out that much more (some may not even see them as such). If you're not an anal electronics user, then forget everything I said, and pretend that I gave this a 10.
Pros small, light weight, drag and drop
Cons if your not picky with features, there are none. If your like me and like to setup your player the way you want it and let it rip, this is perfect
Summary Just purchased this product 2 days ago. I had the 40GB creative jukebox, that was great, but my biggest problem was that it didn't have the ability to drag and drop your music. You had to use the software. The nano plus doesn't require any software (with my xp). It automatically gets a drive letter and you can drag and drop your music folders into the nano. If you already have your music sorted out the way you like it on your PC, then this is perfect because you can move it just like that into the ultra fast usb2 nano drive using windows explorer and just go. No more messing with ID3 tags, etc. That was my problem with the previous player. Since I am not really a nitpicker with electronics, I can't think of a complaint, other than blowing 150 bucks for a luxury item when I should be reading books from the library.
Pros Included armband, very light, awesome battery life
Cons Tiny screen, no playlist
Summary As a runner, this is the best MP3 player I can think of. It's very light, holds lots of music, has long battery life, and includes an armband at no extra cost. Sure the screen is really small, but when compared to the ipod shuffle its better than no screen at all. Basically, if you're a runner, biker, or someone who needs a good player for the gym, then this is the player for you.
Pros Easy to use, quick music transfers to the Nano, great sound, small, lightweight, compact, cute! Also there is nothing extra to buy--everything you need comes with the Zen Nano.
Cons The power button is in an awkward spot, sometimes when I am clipping on or taking the Nano off, I accidentally hit the power button.
Summary This was a great buy. I first looked at the iPod Nano but wasn't impressed with the sound quality and all the accessories (except the earbuds) were additional. The Zen Nano comes with an armband for working out, a little protective cover with a clip so you can clip onto the armband or a pocket, necklace, etc., and it comes with all the software needed to transfer music to the Nano and two cables (one for use with your computer and another for transfers directly from a CD player--way cool!), the earbuds, and the battery!
The software is easy to use and I love the program that will search for your music titles and cuts online so that none of your music is listed as "unknown". The transfer is also very quick. I am VERY impressed and happy with this purchase!
P.S. - I found it for just $119--WAY cheaper than the iPod Nano!
Pros Great sounding FM and MP3, easy loading songs, great size and feel
Cons Don't like on/off switch. ENORMOUS ear buds. How do they fit a regular human?
Summary Very intuitive flash player. Documentation is slight, get more info on website. Loads with Zen software, but just as easy using Windows Media or Explorer.
Love the size and ease. How does a regular person fit the earbuds? They sound good, but they're colossal!!
Powering on and off took a little time to figure how long to keep the button pressed.
The FM radio was an afterthought, but it's so good sounding I use it all the time.
I use it for walks and work and the small size is perfect for what it's used for. Liked it enough I bought a couple 512MB for my sons for upcoming Christmas present.