Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Rock solid and well designed player
Creative Zen 20 GB
Member Name: sik86
Creative Zen 20 GB
Advantages: Great design, Simple, Rugged
Disadvantages: Headphone jack, Not a looker!
My first real foray into the iPod like mp3 player market was the creative Zen 20gb and I was glad I had gone for the Creative over Apple's ever stylish offering. The ease of use was far better than having to sync to iTunes, however due to software at the time it wasn't quite as easy as it is now, with some synching required.
Once my favourite tracks were loaded I fired up the player with ease thanks to its intuitive interface began enjoying music quickly. One problem I subsequently found was the poor quality of the ear buds, upgrading to some proper in-ear style ear phones really allowed this player to shine. The sound quality was excellent and a small bit of tweaking the equalizer allowed for ever more audio enjoyment.
Over time, features such as great battery life and easily swapable batteries proved their worth, while iPod users struggled on long journeys, I simply swapped the battery on continued on in my own world! The brick like construction payed off in dividends on the many trips to the floor crashing my bmx with it in my pocket.
Unfortunately a fundamental floor reared its ugly head, the audio jack was susceptible to breaking and bending, creating intermitent cut out of sound. I managed to fix this according to some DIY guides online, but in the end it had to be replaced on warranty. This did not put me off the player and I simply had another with no problems, until I decided I needed to upgrade to something newer.
Summary: A great rugged mp3 player, be careful of the headphone jack!
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