I bought my Zen Nano Plus when I was a student, thinking it would last a couple of years. After being dropped, thrown and generally abused it is still going strong!
I was unsure about having to replace the AAA batteries, but the battery life is actually pretty good - you get about 12 hours.
Although the display is quite small, I was amazed by the amount of options and information that can be altered through it. From sound set-up to radio scanning, the LCD display is user-friendly and foolproof. Surprisingly, the display has not become damaged or faded with age - another impressive feature after the treatment it has had!
Transferring music is very straightforward and requires minimum PC knowledge with a simple drag and drop. It does come with free software, but can actually be used without (which is handy if copying data/music from friends). In that case, it appears as an ordinary USB device.
Overall, I have found the mp3 player (and data storage if needed) a brilliant bargain that has already lasted 5 years. If you want a cheap, uncomplicated, quality item - this is for you.
Being the kind of person who finds background music essential for jazzing up mundane activities like tidying up, cleaning, and dragging myself down the gym, I need a compact but sturdy MP3 player to accompany me. I received the Zen Nano Plus as a gift and it hasn't let me down once. It's survived falling out of my pocket on the rowing machine many a time, as well as being used in the typical English downpour on long dogwalks and wears its battlewounds with pride - not that it has many, other than the odd scratch, and the battery case having gone missing a long time ago. Despite this, it battles on playing my incredibly cheesy playlist and does me proud.
It is extremely simple to use, simply plug in and drag-and-drop the MP3 files.
The included earphones weren't the best, but I've made myself through several pairs anyway - better quality headphones provide better quality sound. It displays the artist and song name clearly, and has a variety of modes to sort/play your music by. It also comes with a fairly easy to tune radio, when you're fed up of your playlist.
One downside to this MP3 player would be the ease at which you can accidentally skip forward or back a track. This isn't an issue the majority of the time but if you're a jogger than the movement in a pocket can accidentally push the button and skip your track, interupting your (hopefully) internal singing mid-note.
Other than this I would definately rate this little player well. It fits a nice selection of songs that more than fill my gym workout with a selection of songs in shuffle mode, keeping my spirits high while pounding the treadmill, and to have survived so long in my careless hands speaks for its sturdiness.
When I was in the market for a cheap, no thrills MP3 player, I decided to go ahead and buy the Creative Zen Nano Plus.
As I have bought Creative products in the past, I wasn't too worried about build quality or customer service, as I know that most of they're products are all top class, and have had no problems with they're customer service.
The tiny Nano was the perfect MP3 player for me. Small, ability to shuffle your songs, FM radio, Line in/mic recording, drag and drop file system with an adequate amount of space. I didn't want to spend a huge amount of cash on an MP3 player at the time, and this seemed to have the best features for the least amount of money.
Even after 2 years of use, it is still going strong. Although, admittedly I only use it for bike rides and when i have forgotten to charge my iPod.
If you want a reliable, easy to use MP3 player for next to nothing, then this is one of the best options to go for.
I was given my ZeN Nano Plus for Christmas 2006.
The use of an external rechargeable battery has meant that I am still using it now and it has continued to work despite being through a full 40C wash cycle after being left in a pair of trousers.
I use it whilst running in the rain and it gets banged by children but it still keeps working like a charm.
if you buy this machine I would recommend using rechargeable batteries since if you nod-off or it goes on in your pocket you could use up a battery quite easily.
The weak spot of many players is their power supply, by seperating the player from its power with the use of external batteries creative have made an extremely rugged beast.
The player itself does everything that is needed, it accepts folders and files that can be dragged from a PC and can record from its built in reasonably sensative FM tuner or mic as well as encoding directly from outside line sources. Whilst people I know are lugging around their i-pods or putting them in for service I am sure i will be using this magical device for many years.
My other half bought me this MP3 Player a couple of years ago when i needed something that i could listen to on the journey home from work. This is a fab player, especially if you're not technically minded like myself. It's simple and easy to use and it came with an attachment so that it could be worn around your neck which is handy when you don't want to have another thing to carry around. The buttons aren't complex and the menus are easy to find your way through. I still use it on a daily basis when i'm working out or walking into work. The only thing i have had go wrong with it is the battery cover snapped off but that was probably due to excessive throwing around in my handbag! I would recommend this to anyone, Ipods etc don't interest me as they're just a name, this is a make i would buy again without hesitation, especially as the price of it was quite low in comparison to others as you'd expect the sound or display to be of lower quality, but it isn't at all. An all round good buy.
Is the iPod craze still going on? I suppose it is; it's neverending. I look around and everyone seems to have an iPod of some sort, but not I. This, the Creative Zen Nano Plus, was released way back in 2006 and that's when I bought it. I still use it today; it sits to my right at this very moment.
Now, I was always one fairly easily influenced. In my search through the market, I wanted to be part of this whole "i" business without spending an excess of money. I came across the iPod shuffle which became what I thought was a certainty, but clearly not for long. I do a lot of research before settling on a product and I found a plethora of complaints and faults with the iPod shuffle; it was not something for me to buy. Review upon review, I finally came across another brand - Creative.
I was a little disappointed, I suppose, to leave behind the iPod fad and never to be a part of it. I can't say it lasted long after buying the Creative Zen Nano Plus here, though. It's a nifty little thing; a tiny thing, too, at only 33.5 x 65.5 x 13 mm. It seems the perfect size to me, for it can easily fit in the pocket or in your hand, but it's thick enough to avoid it feeling as though it could snap under the smallest pressures. I can hold it between my thumb and middle finger comfortably. It weighs only 22 grams.
There's a blue backlit LCD screen at right centre. I think I thought it a little small initially, but it simply doesn't need to be any bigger. It fits the necessary information neatly on the screen, with a scrolling mechanism if it's required. When turned on, the "Creative" logo and all that flash by, then it shows the typical "Please wait. . ." with a neat little egg timer. From that, whatever song it's currently 'on' or wherever it is in the playlist, it plays that track immediately. You can pause and play it with the button above the screen, increase or decrease the volume with the buttons along the length of the player, or skip the song with a flick of a three way button that lies beside said volume controls. That's it. Really. To say user-friendly would undoubtedly be an understatement if, like me, you are just one using it for simple listening of your own tracks.
Though there is more for those who desire it. If you press down upon prior mentioned three way button, you're taken to the menu. It offers you all the basic things you'd expect from a menu, things such as settings (want to flip the orientation of the LCD screen, up the contrast or change the language? no problem), EQ and the option to delete. But past these things expected, there's also the interesting FM Radio option. This is essentially a feature that allows you to scan all local FM radio stations which are available to recieve, saves them to a preset so you can automatically return to them, and, well - there you go; FM radio on your MP3! I can't really criticise this option for what it is; yes, it is quite weak, but not very much so for I'm able to recieve signals from about 30 miles away. Not bad, right? Nope, not at all; you can even record the songs you like!
Transferring music is simple to do, too. It's done quickly and easily via the USB 2.0 connection. It takes seconds. I have all my songs just in one gigantic mixture, but it doesn't need to be so. You can easily arrange your music into separate playlists and folders if you so choose; it's no trouble at all with the Creative Zen Nano. I often transfer regular files with it as well, such as word processing documents or whatever is needed at the time. It works with any USB cable, and, really, I'd consider the data transfer offered by this nothing short of excellent.
I'm having a hard time trying to balance this review with some sort of criticism. All I can think of is that the headphones that actually come with this product aren't too good in regards to quality. I replaced them immediately with different pair of Creative headphones. No problems since, and it's worthy of reiterating how long ago I actually bought this. Over two years, and not one single problem!
Overall, I'd recommend this product to anyone. Well, maybe not everyone; if you're a music junkie, then maybe the 'measly' 1GB isn't so attractive. But that's 250 songs, more or less. That's more than enough for me, and at the price...! It's only £41.73 on amazon.co.uk at this very moment.
Is it enough for you?
My requirements for my mp3 player were simple: small; removeable battery; must have a shuffle/random function. The Zen Nano ticked all the boxes.
Of course, this was a wee while ago; there are fancier, pricier options available now. But if you're wanting a reliable all-rounder that's not going to cost the earth, I highly recommend it.
The Zen Nano is tiny. It takes AAA batteries, so you can easily carry a spare in your pocket and never worry about running out of power. It holds the best two to three songs from every single album in my rather sizeable collection - that's a whole lot of songs, so I'm constantly squeaking, "I love this song!!! I haven't heard it in ages!!! Yay!!!!" And it's really straightforward to use.
It also has an FM radio and can do in-line recording. Which are snazzy wee tricks, although I've never used them.
The only downsides are that when I upgraded to Windows Vista the software which I had wasn't compatible; I was able to download a patch from the Creative website, but if you want to simply stick in the CD-Rom and get going you might want to double check before you buy.
All in all, a great wee machine which is never out of my pocket these days. Love it.
My criteria were that my MP3 must have :-
Removable battery - so that if it goes flat at the start of a long plane journey I can just pop in another rechargeable
Line In Recording - so I can record from vinyl and everything else
Radio - great for news or when the music runs out
The Zen Nano has all the above and much more. It's the best toy I've ever bought, commuting without it would be a nightmare of mobile phone interruptions and endless 'Mind the Gap' irritations. Controls are brilliantly simple and intuitive, battery life is long, and it's well thought out.
Best points: An amazing amount in a tiny case that fits in a shirt pocket - hundreds of songs, self seeking FM synthesiser radio with 32 presets, 5-band independently variable equaliser, voice memo. Great sound quality, great value. You won't be held to ransom having to choose between an expensive on-board battery replacement or the loss of all your expensive downloaded tracks.
Niggles: relatively few and not serious. Forget the poor booklet, you just have to play with it to learn how it works. Radio is good and reasonably sensitive, but no mono switch so it can hissily flutter in and out of stereo when on the move. Headphone buds are gigantic and self-tangling, but sound is good. For tubes and trains with opening windows, in-ear and / or noise cancelling phones would be better, ideally with a mono switch. Case soon scuffs and battery cover lug is likely to snap (but the battery will happily stay in place). Illuminated display is very useful for navigating (but you may need your reading glasses).
Note that I've had to guesstimate the download speed rating because I haven't yet used it: so far it's all been Line In or the FM radio.
All in all I'm really chuffed with it. It's great value even in rip-off Britain, and they're virtually giving them away in the USA.
When i first bought my Creative Zen Nano Plus In 2005 it's RRP was £100, obviously now it has come right down because of the Ipod. I brought the Creative MP3 Player home and it was really nicely packadged and no problems at all!
Product Type: Digital player / recorder / radio
Digital Player Type: Flash based
Width: 3.4 cm
Depth: 1.3 cm
Height: 6.6 cm
Weight: 34 g
Memory: 1 GB
After 2 Months:
I had tried to load up my music, but having 18 GB's of it, i only got a very small amount on there! I started taking it to school and slowly it got scratched, as there were no Creative Zen Nano Plus cases around, i just had to deal with it.
After 4 Months:
I was fed up of hearing the same tunes over and over again, so i decided to change the tracks, the system integrated into the MP3 player is really good, nothing is encoded so you can drop MP3 files straight into the Removable Disk drive and into the music section, no messing about with itunes or anything. The annoying thing with the Zen is that it tells you to install all this junk you don't really need like ebook downloader and Creative Zen player etc... I was quite happy with my musicmatch jukebox so i never used the Creative Zen Player.
After 6 months:
I started using the radio on it, which is incredibly hard to find a station because you can never get any signal on it, and even when you do get a station it's usually no good because its all crackly and fuzzy. I then played around with the microphone, trying to record some of my bands songs on it. The microphone is good for just talking into, not playing loud music into, which resulted in one huge continous CRRRRRRCCCHHHHHH noise :(
After 8 months:
I dropped it onto the floor from about a meter, which completely shattered it. It was fairly easy to put back together, but had scrathes all over it and the volume control started playing up, which was annoying because i really thought it was a great MP3 player until i dropped it and realised it wasn't very realiable
After a year of having it:
It was scratched to pieces and the headphone jack was lose so the head phones sometimes cut out, the volume buttons had fallen off whilst i was walking and it would only ever go up or down a volume setting after around about 30 presses....:(
Great MP3 player, but not very good if your likely to drop it or if you like a large variety of music to listen...or you liek your radio.
Its nice to find an MP3 player that does exactly what you want with no hidden extras. The batteries come with it and run for nearer 20 hours than the 18 the manual suggests. Its real is small and fits easily in your pocket. The quality of the player isn't let down by the earphones so the sound is good/excelllent. Its simple to use with only 4 control buttons. Its also possible to plug it into your cat tape player (using an adaptor) or a set of desktop speakers.
I recieved the Creative Nano Plus 1gb as a Christmas present. I have a good frame of reference for the review, as I have severally owned the following:
1) An ipod
2) an ipod shuffle
3) a creative muvo 128mb
I only have the Muvo now because my Ipod broke, and my Shuffle was put through the wash.
The Nano is astoundingly small, even smaller than the Muvo I have. Although proportioned slightly differently, it is about the same size and weight as a 49p Cigarette Lighter. It look absolutely swish. I have the Black 1gb version. The body is one piece formed plastic with no unnecessary embellishments, so its very pleasing to look at. The LCD screen is tiny but considering the utility it provides (ie just to maybe put on one of five albums... or check a track name) it is completely sufficient. Also has a nice blue backlight.. Note that the plastic seems quite sturdy but I would suggest that the battery cover could be quite fragile.
Controlling the device is very easy... There are only four buttons to navigate the menus, which are simple and intuitive, in the form of one three way toggle and a on/off/pause/play button. Then two volume buttons on the side. So id say moving tracks by reaching into your pocket etc would be almost as easy as it is with a Shuffle.
The sound quality is excellent. Can't really comment on the headphone provided because I replaced them with my Koss one that I use for EVERYTHING... in this context it is as good as any portable device. I definitely was confident buying a Creative portable in this respect as their soundcards for PCs are so clear and warm sounding anyway.
The only gripe is that the little unit doesnt have much oomph... and so can lack volume. It has even less than my Muvo (although when volumes are adjusted to match, both Creative units sound exactly the same). I suppose there wasnt enough room to fit the hardware in there. You do get a very clean and crisp sound that will pleasantly present clarity and space... just on a small scale... the sound then, is like the Unit. Excellently made but quite small. I don't think it will be a huge problem as I use sound isolating earphones and I'm not into loud music... but it would have been nice to have the power in reserve. To give another point of reference, there will be alot less amplification than there would be on a standard £50 personal cd player... and no nice analgue wheel to effortlessly push the volume beyond the capacity of the earphones (that is the power reseve I was talking about).
On the whole then, I'd only take about 5-10% out of a 100% score for the product. Only other thing I could identify is that out of the box the instructions wouldnt be that good for someone who wasn't as geeky as I am.
I'd recommend a set of rechargable AAA batteries for the unit (and recharger of course)... then you can indefinitely (well, for the 4000 charges of 4 AAAs) run the unit for the small premium you will pay for the rechargables. Makes up for the lack of inbuilt rechargable power cf. the Apple stuff.
Hope that helps you out.