"Excellent Player"4.5 starson by hombredenieva
Pros: Design, Look, Feel
Cons: Buttons are a bit stiff
Summary: This is the best player I have ever owned, I previously owned a 4th gen Ipod and although I must admit the Ipod wheel was very easy to use, to get a player which is compatible with subscription services and can display video in a much more robust fashion than the ipod video, I feel I have gotten the most bang for my buck. I hooked this player up with rhapsody to go and I am having a blast.
The only things I do not love about the player are the stiff buttons, how sometimes the system will lag for 5 seconds when you go to view photos, since they are stored in a different fashion than on the ipod and how it is a little more complicated than the ipod user interface, but I feel in time it will allow me to use the player in the most effective fashion possible. These three reasons made me rate it as a 9 instead of a 10, but this is an excellent device and not to mention it looks awesome!
Also, the Ipod is much more slimmer and sleek then the zen, but the zen also packs under the hood an fm tuner and the ability to play back 4 hrs of video 2x the amount of the ipod, which makes you realize that if you watch one video, such as a full-length movie, you are out of juice for the day if you are away from an outlet. Yes, you may never use the fm tuner, but I'd have to say, it's nice to know it's there and to have a bit of extra juice to listen to music after watching a movie, such as on a long flight!Updated
If you are reading this review, you are either here to bash an excellent product because you love apple products, or you are here unsure of which product to buy, The 5th Generation Ipod, or the Creative Zen Vision M.
In terms of features and usability this product is far superior to the ipod video. The screen is more robust in terms of displaying richer colors. I must admit, I enjoy how simple and easy the apple interface is combined with its touchwheel and bundled software package for I previously owned a 4th Gen Ipod and have tested the Ipod Video, but if you subscribe to rhapsody to go or another subscription service, this allows you to get your money's worth out of the player. The touchpad is very responsive, the system is beautiful, the audio quality is excellent, the video playback is beautiful, although as with any video playing at 30fps (frames per second), the equivalent of the ipod, you can notice some artifacts at a distance on a video that displays a far away shot of a person ie in the ocean in a boat. If you think of this also happening on a small television, the result would be the same. The battery life is 4 hours long for video, twice the length of the ipod video, this comes in handy for long trips away from the outlet, you can watch a movie, and have time to listen to a few albums as well! This player also has an FM tuner, which may come in handy someday, although I may never use it, it's nice to know it's there!
Not as easy to use as the ipod video
Thicker than ipod video
Firmer buttons than ipod video
Inability to display the ITune's video format
5 second loading time to view photos
Bizzare adapter which must be plugged into the bottom of the player, similar to the ipod connector. Previous zen products had the usb port on the actual player, but they did this to allow video out to a television set and you can also charge through it as well, therefore it is a small price to pay for a highly functional little adapter.
Compatibility with subscription services
Diverse format support:
DivX™ 4 & 55, XviD5, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG4-SP, WMV9 and Motion-JPEG
Excellent Video Playback
Does Not Scratch
Long Battery Life