"Incredible player, best screen on the market"5.0 starson by bobpenn
Pros: Great screen, sound and interface. Works with Yahoo to Go.
Cons: No Audible support, scratches easily.
Summary: I have three iPods and have had many mp3 players, dating from the original Nomad from Creative, and I must say that this is the best player I have ever owned. There is almost nothing to fault in it.
So for you iPod owners or shoppers, let's cut to the chase: what makes the iPod better?
-iPod's wheel is easier to use than the touch strip. It's true. It's not that the Vision:M's solution to navigation is hard, it's just not quite as good as Apple's. Specifically, to move 30 minutes forward on an podcast on an iPod is much easier than on the Vision:M/
-the iPod is thinner. But the battery is much less for video (about the same for audio).
-the iPod is cooler, I suppose, to the masses, though I can't imaging anyone seeing the Vision:M and not being impressed. Sooner or later there will be a backlash against the iPods from the trend setters ... there always is, and when that happens the Vision:M will be right there for them to latch onto.
-iTunes' is great software and integrates perfectly with the iPod. This is probably why no one can unseat Apple. Napster, Rhapsody or Yahoo are getting closer, but no one has matched Apple yet for simplicity. I use my iPod for podcasts because it works. I plug it in and all goes well. Creative is half way there, but doesn't have it yet with ZenCast Center. Too many missing podcasts and a much weaker interface.
Now, though many reviews have covered it, what makes the Vision:M better.
-the screen. No comparison. Anyone who sees the iPod next to the Vision:M will immediatly see the difference. The screen is breathtaking.
-FM radio. Apple charges $50 more for FM. Amazing.
-voice recording. I couldn't care less, but it's there.
-DRM10 Janus support. This is why I don't use my iPod as my main player. I have ripped my CDs, but I want to listen to new music. There is no way I am paying 99 cents a track at iTunes to see if I like the music when I can get it for "free," or so it feels, for $6.99 a month from Yahoo, or even $14.99 a month from Napster. I am amazed that the public hasn't latched onto the subscription model. Once this happens, and it WILL happen one day, no matter what Steve Jobs says, when Apple starts renting movies and then moves the rental model to music. Of course, once they do it, the advantage is again lost. So there is a window of opportunity for everyone but Apple to promote the subscription model before Apple introduces it and the press goes wild. If I were Creative, I would take out nice large ads showing the cost comparison between filling up an iPod with 100 new songs and subscribing to them via DRM10. This is where Apple wins every time: they are brilliant in marketing, and everyone else seems incompetant.
-as of a couple of days ago, Creative finally lowered the cost to match the iPod. Smart move. The cost differential vanishes and it's apples to apples, so to speak, in the comparision.
In summary, this is a great player. Better than any iPod you can buy, better than any other player on the market. Don't hesitate to get it.