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After much nagging and persuasion from my friend about how 'amazing' these are, i finally decided to invest in one. It had to be better than the highly over-rated ipod right? Wrong. Firstly, it was extremely difficult to get used to, it takes a while to find everything - the organisation is horrible. Secondly the sound is somewhat lacking too, you need a really decent pair of earphones to get the best out of it, i always found i needed the volume fairly high and it didn't pick up on certain parts of songs. They also have a rather nasty habit of crashing/freezing, which can get frustrating when it happens frequently. They don't come with a mains charger, just a USB cable to charge it through your computer, which again, isn't great. I'd had a couple of experiences where i'd taken it away for a few days with me but had no access to a computer so i couldn't recharge it. Of course, you can buy a mains charger seperately but it just seems bad that you have to do that. After i'd had it just over 6 months, it was freezing all the time and just wouldn't charge at all. Shortly after it stopped working altogether. Seemingly this isn't uncommon with these. Some of the few good things i found about them is the screen and how clear the pictures & videos are, it really is very detailed. The songs also download onto your device quite quickly, so thats always a good thing. It has some good ideas and features too, but its just not well designed and becomes somewhat fiddly to use and the software is quite frustrating. Nice looking little things, so it's a shame really, just utter rubbish. My advice would be to avoid, spend your money on something else.
Creative ZEN 2GB MP3 player and more!!. Not a bad little piece of kit this. It plays MP3, MP4 (videos), it has a built-in FM radio, Calender, MS-Outlook synchronisation and picture viewer. 2Gb may seem small when compared with a 16Gb iPod, but when you consider that it has a built-in SD card slot, then the memory issued becomes a minor one. In the past, people bought Apples' iPod range for one reason, and one reason only, 'iTunes'. This iconic piece of software made it easy to upload playlists & sync your playlists with those on your PC. Well guess what?, Creative have taken the bull by the horns and created a media management tool to rival Apples' offering. You may not be able to buy music from iTunes and drop it straight on to your Zen, but you can buy from Last.fm & add it to your play list. Sound wise the ZEN is slightly better than the iPod, but not as good as Sonys' Walkman range. Navigating the menus can be tricky at first as you are initially shown a directory of all the albums you have stuck on your ZEN, and then have to physically add the tracks you want to a play list before you can play them. The only way around this is to transfer the songs across individually to the root folder then select the 'Play All' option from the menu. Apart from this, all the play controls function much the same as a normal MP3 player. If you have album art with your MP3's then this is shown on the screen next to the artist & track info. . The screen is just to small to view long videos, but is excellent for viewing the contents of your cameras SD card to see which photos you want to keep. Reception on the FM radio is good, and you can store loades of stations. I don't use Outlook, so can't sync with either the calender or contacts, but then again, I tend to use Chandler for that sort of thing anyway. I Paid £60 for this from Sainsburys.
ZEN puts a world of entertainment at your fingertips. This amazing, credit card-sized digital media player, with its incredible screen, is the ultimate choice when you want to enjoy your music, movies and photos, whether downloaded from your digital library or from web sites around the world. It also includes an SD card slot, so you can add extra memory or more entertainment whenever you want. If you're ready for a world of enjoyment, then you're ready for ZEN!