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As you can see from my previous review I had bought two of these creative zen MP3 players and both of them froze. This was the first one I bought and the one that cost me the most amount of time.
I bought this as a sort of two fingers up to the IPOD crowd, mentioned in so many other zen reviews, other then the slightly cheaper cost it seems to be the biggest reason anyone would buy this player.
This MP3 player should hold arund 2000 songs...no not really, not unless the bitrate and length of your songs is really small. I pretty much filled this one up with around 1400 songs, but to be honest this is not the fault of creative, I dont think ive had an IPOD or creative yet that filled up to the number of songs that the manual states. The main layout of the creative is different to ipod, its a vertical layout with a loud clicker, unlike the circular centred design of the ipod. It has a very good backlight, very powerful, but it is very powerful and so it can cane the battery life somewhat, but even in the dead of night you can see what our doing no problem.
It take a standard USB 0.1 port, and you use the creative soundscape program, which is creatives version of Itunes, which allows you to organise, rip and title your music, you can rip and burn your own CD`s or buy MP3/ WMA tunes. Its got a hardrive with flash drive capability and it charges when you put it onto the PC with the program. The program when switched on also updates from the net with software updates keeping itself working effeciently. It has an FM radio with 30 presets and the reception is pretty good to be honest
It was pretty small for an ipod at the time, before IPOD mini`s came out, ipods were the size of a small brick, so this was a real bonus. It was however, very heavy and although it would stick in your pocket it would be very heavy. But this does have the added bonus of being robust, and I droped this a few times and it was absolutely fine. The plastic is glossy and shiny and it looks good and the look of the plastic front looks very good. The plastic casing is a hard resin so this is good. Its around 3 inches by 2 inches in size
It has a battery life of around 9 hrs rather than 12 hrs as advertised, it really doesnt last that long, but it is still longer then the ipod. Also anoher great function is that unlike the ipod this mp3 player has a removable battery, this is a genius move, because as I play my ipod ALLOT then the battery wears down and to be able to buy a new one is grand.
The sound quality was very good, but it does depend on the bitrate and quality of the MP3/WMA file you download or the CD you rip, if the CD is broken so will the recording be.
At the end of the day I can shout from the rooftops how good this MP3 player is, but after a year and a half and 1400 songs it just froze and I couldnt restart it, jump start it or whatever,not even after I plugged it into the pc and tried to re-boot it from the program. It just didnt want to work. so I lost hours and hours of CD ripping and downloads - not to mention the cash I wasted on it. It then became an expensive bit of plastic.
To be honest you can pick these up on amazon for £25 but you might as well get an IPOD or a newer creative zen version that I hope would not freeze...I wouldnt know because I switched to apple after two creative zens froze on me...f you cant beat em- join em
I will point out now that whilst ultimately I gave up on getting replacements of this mp3 player, I did enjoy using is and it was a pleasure to have.
Whilst the display lacked the 'colour' that some of the other emerging mp3 (generic term for any portable music extension player) players, the menu system was a pleasure to use and all of the controls and settings were easy to get to.
I had three of the black ones, I chose this colour because I felt that the blue backlight for the buttons was best complimented by the black face panel. And in my opinion I was right, although all the colour shades that were available were attractive as well, it was all down to personal taste and I think that the choice that was available was a fantastic one.
Now I loved the earphones that came in the box however, I felt that whilst the sound quality that they gave was fnatastic, I am rather dissapointed by the lifespan of these earphones. Those of you who have read my iTouch and iPhone review will know that I am a pair of earphones worst nightmare because I go through that many pairs! But even this aside I was especially dissapointed as with my last device I think the earphones lasted only two months before they ceased to function. To which my response was to buy a pair of Gummy's. Ultimately I feel the sound quality could not make up for their short life span.
Just as the earphones had a short lifespan, so did it seem the device as well. As mentioned earlier, I went through three of these devices. Each with the same fault. The 3.5mm earphone/headphone jack would always warp out of shape (I pressume through heat?) but surely this should not happen, the third device did have the longest life span by one week, being 3 months 1 week, second was obviously 3 months and the first was only 2 months. Now I find that this is simply not acceptable and is definitely poor design. On top of this a few of my friends had them, and it seems that the different flavour of colour all seemed to harbor different faults. For example the pink seemed to be susceptable to hard drive failure, the blue to the battery not holding its charge and the white seeming to have a scrambled screen. Now I dont know if this was just bad luck on all of our parts, they do say that random events occur in clusters, but this seems to be taking the michael.
Ultimately while I find that these devices are charming and very easy to use and easy on the eyes, this does not make up for the fact that I had three and all three broke with the same fault and also the earphones being of such shoddy quality.
If anyone has any comments of their own about their experience using these devices please leave a comment I would be really interested in knowing if these faults might have been from a regional shipment to the north east?
The Zen Micro is a high quality MP3 player with many additional features guaranteed to surprise many.
This gadjet is about 10 cm tall by 4 cm wide and is curved in the back to make it fit comfortably in a hand. The touchpad takes some getting used to (It is a little more complex than the Ipod) but scrolling through hundred's of songs is perfectly possible. The battery lasts for quite a long time and with this model, the first 30 thousand buyers recieved for free a second battery (I was one of the lucky few).
The overall sound quality is great but unfortunately, the headphones included are very big and do not fit comfortably in the ears, hence I recomend potential buyers to look for some high quality ear phones on the side.
The MP3 player includes many options but lacks a color screen and video viewing functionalities.
CREATIVE ZEN Micro 5GB (White)
- TITLED: White lets get creative - 03/09/2008
"Creative the company"
The Creative Worldwide business is called CREATIVE LABS > Creatives UK product branch is under the Europe labs which established itself in 1993.
Creatives Labs also included - America labs- Asia labs- Europe labs.
-Product > CREATIVES ZEN Micro MP3 Portable Media Player 5GB-
Grey with added sky blue mix- Available RRP date: 05/2007
- > Start < - Creative Zen Micro- > PMP (Portable Media Player)
This particular (blue) OLED screen definition is of a very high standard. It 's glossy visualisation is inviting you in; and of course it is very user friendly.
The MP3 Player only is compatible with JPEG customary images, that are online/web based, you can also load off from a digital camera, the PC, or from the internet itself. The audio quality is crystal clear, of course depending on the size of file the MP3 file as the higher the size of the file the better the quality. The only one objective that saddened me with this particular product was the fact that it has an limited file recognitions; this will probably be sorted out in the next model V Plus series.
-Mobile Technology- It lacks functionality. No MP4 decoding is available with the Micro series** For any songs that have been downloaded onto your PC from paid music sites that are (Protected by copyright) will be able to be played by this MP3 Player. Many media sites now have encryped code that stops this form of usage.
- 5GB of digital storage -
5GB is just about sufficient to play over a 3000 MP3 music tracks.The transfer rates are fast due to the fast USB transfer fast - track Windows music browser software. What is a noticeable difference is that it is not an ipod; even though it easily can be mistaken as one. What is noticeably different is the price comparison.
- It is no iPod -
The timing for the Creative Zen Micro launch co-incided with the earlier ipod nano launch earlier last year (2007). I'm not a Creative Lab fan as they seem to miss out on the boat regards to product style and of course the highly sought after nano technology. Creative has nano labelled products but they are not so wellknown, due to the fact they are not so good. Creative seems to fall at a couple of hurdles namely the weight. On average Creative is 8 grammes more heavier than Apples' iPod. The other hurdle is the 'trouser test' iPod's generally are unseen in the pockets, yet this model certainly is visable. Overall, the feel of the V Plus is notably beefy compared to the iPod. Though functionally it is very astute and slick.
- The size -
This MP3 Player weighs in at 108g - Yes this is a heavy weight, not that you notice it, though as size does matter this has to be mentioned - now the nano modifications have reached the UK's market place.
- Creative Micro - what to expect? -
The 5GB digital MP3 spaceis just about enough space to use for media storage; epecially for a audio MP3 player. The voice-recording is an useful addition utility - It does have extreme quality; not that I like my own voice of course. External recordings again superb. Ideal accessory for a pop concert maybe - or recordings off a DAB radio, just so long the radio is of DAB quality which is superb for catching up with news updates.
- price -
Retails for 49.99 GBP- For even great offers checkout a cashback offer before buying this product as you can save up to 10.00 GBP - It is worth checking out online for these deals.
- My opinion-
I'm going to give the Micro a 7/10 overall. The white is a design source from the successful iPod branding and I do believe this was Creatives intention. I hope you have found this review helpful.
Dooyoo - Review
In a competitive world of MP3 playing devices, the Creative Zen Micro for me was a major let down, and one I feel that will not be able to compete in the market for much longer, especially along side the ever changing IPod series.
The very basic and dull display is years behind, and it has tendancies to stall a lot when playing back music. The actual design is very large for a 6GB player, you only have to look at the IPod Mini to see the difference. (Plus the IPod Mini has video playback.)
The only good thing about the Creative Zen is its controls, which are quite modern in the sense of the touch pads, but this again is something the IPod has always done...standard!
With a very basic computer application, this Creative Zen is something that I will most definatly be putting on EBay at a low price, hoping someone will take it from me.
All in all...buy an IPod!
2 years ago, the "craze" was to have an ipod mini....or anything made my Apple. However, i wanted to try something different, something that wasnt made by Apple, but still looked "cool". So i decided that i wanted an mp3 player made by Creative.
After wanting this for ages...my parents finally decided to get me one for my birthday, and what a birthday present it was!
Knowing nothing at all about capacity or anything, my brother told me the specification, which made it even more brilliant! The Zen Micro has 5GB capacity - so it can hold up to 2500 songs in wma format and 1250 in mp3 format, but at the moment i havent used all of the capacity up yet.
3.3" x 2" x 0.7" - Zen Micro
This compared with the ipod mini is 0.3" shorter in length, but just a little bit fatter.
Weight : this let the player down a bit. I find it quite heavy to hold - 3.8 oz (with battery) compared to the ipod minis 3.6 oz (with battery)
The Zen Micro only has seven buttons, including the power/lock switch. It has been designed well due to the fact that the top three buttons are for controlling the current song or playing a selected song.
The bottom two buttons are for the easy access of menus and more options. The button in the very middle of the mp3 player is the scroll bar.
One thing is that people find it hard to use the scroll, even at the lowest sensitivity setting. However, once you use the player for a couple of days, you find it much easier than using the ipod mini.
Turning the player on and off is very easy - all you have to do is hold a button to the left. The same button is used for "hold" as well, and there have been some times where i have turned the player off when i was trying to put it on hold.
My parents chose the blue colour for me and they couldnt have chosen a better colour! Well, blue is my favourite colour but obviously this depends on the person. The Zen Micro comes in a wide variety of colours, and you can take your pick!
Whatever the colour, the blue back light for the screen and the pad will compliment it, as it glows when the player is in use or when its charging.
What i love is that the surfaces are very smooth, and the player fits into your hand quite comfortably.
FM radio - you can listen to the radio. I find this good because after a while, you may get bored with the songs on your mp3 player, and gives a change from the normal things you listen to.
Voice recording - next year im going to university, so this function may come in handy. Ive used it already, and the quality of the recording is very good.
You can also divide the hard drive into 2 parts which allows you to store music in one part, and other data in the other. I find this quite useful if i need to transport files from one place to another.
The mp3 player offers 12 hours of continuous playback compared to the ipod minis 8!!
USB 2.0 cable- this allows you to upload music faster
Earphones - grey/silver in colour, less noticeable!
Belt clip - for carrying the player around with you
Stand - for holding the player
Cloth pouch - to prevent the player from getting scratched
Lithium ion battery - it is removable and rechargeable. It is also easy to swap with another fully charged battery
Installation CD - the only thing with this is that it is only compatible
However, the package contents are lacking accessories such as a remote, proper cases, speaker stations.
Once the provided software has been loaded onto the computer, the player can be connected to the computer via the USB. As soon as the player is connected, the PC recognises the device, and immediately the Creative Media Source can be opened (Creative's version of iTunes), and the songs can be put onto your Zen Micro.
After about 10 months of using it, i had to send it off for repairs - there was something wrong with the hole for putting the headphones in - all i could hear was the backing music of the songs and not the actual song itself. As the 1 year warranty hadnt finished yet, they were very happy to help, and they replaced my mp3 player. Since then, i havent had another problem with it! Its still going strong!
around £90 from amazon
You can buy it from most shops.
Creative have done a good job! I would recommend this product to everyone! Its much better than an ipod mini!!
This small, compact device not only has excellent storage capabilities, but also has extra added features that come in useful; I myself don't actually use the majority of them though.
On top of the basic library function, it also comes complete with a calendar with monthly and daily views; with which you can input important meetings and dates; I have never used these features myself, as I use my mobile phone for these things but I suppose that if you are a very organised person it is a useful tool when on the go.
There is also an in-built microphone, which allows this great portable device to double as a Dictaphone with playback features; you can simply connect your device to a computer with the provided cable after installing the appropriate software and transfer your files which will be in MP3 format. As they are in MP3 format they can be played back in any media player and can be easily converted to suit your needs.
As for the radio feature, I personally found this not of much use. It may just be my area, but the auto scan was awful, and there is no manual configuration. As well as that, the signal was fairly poor, and from what I can see, the only useful aspect of it is the ability to record the radio. But once again I found this not useful as I have no wish to record poor quality music as opposed to buying it.
As for the coloured fascias, I find them a delightful change of scenery, the only downside is that the many body never changes! I believe it would be far better if it at least came with an interchangeable battery cover of a matching colour. Most of my friends who had received a similar model chose white or black, and just to be different I opted for orange. I'm happy with my decision, and when I get around to it I am going to search for an orange battery cover. If all else fails I suppose I could just buy some orange spray paint and do it myself.
The only other quarrel I have is with the touchpad. Sensitivity can be changed within the settings, but the default level and even at other manually adjusted levels, navigation is never perfect, and when scrolling at a fast speed in a large play list, you are almost guaranteed to overshoot the location of the track you want.
The provided headphones are pretty good, but after a few weeks of use I changed them for my own pair, so I can't comment on the long term use of them, although the cable and joint connections seem secure and unlikely to snap like some poor quality head phones can.
I use this every day and the battery does me just fine, as it charges rapidly through a USB connection. I like my music loud as well and I still never drain a full battery in a day. I have also jogged and exercised with it (despite the instructions saying not to) and it is just fine, and continuously provides the same excellent quality.
Product Details and Features
Number of Songs
Family Line Zen Micro
Main Storage Type Hard Drive
MP3 WAV WMA
WMA Bit-Rate 320 kbps
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 98 dB
On Screen Display
ID3 Tag Info Battery Level Play Mode Elapsed Time FM Frequency
Outputs Headphone Jack
FM Stereo Tuner Voice Recorder Personal Address Book Radio Recorder Sleep Timer
Power Source Rechargeable via USB cable Internal Battery
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Battery Life 12 hrs.
Width 2 in.
Depth 0.7 in.
Height 3.3 in.
Weight 3.8 oz.
People keep saying this player looks ugly! I like it!!
Thank You. xx
I bought a Zen Micro because I really wanted an MP3 player with an FM radio in it. I set it up and downloaded my music to it and all was good - it was easy to use and the sound quality was good.
Until it started turning itself off randomly. Upon further research, I found that the Zen Micros have a well know problem with them which involves the headphone jack coming loose, which causes these sorts of problems. Also the battery life wasnt' anywhere near as long as promised.
I took the Zen back to the shop in the end and got a refund.
It really annoyed me when about 5 months after buying this product that a 6GB version came out at around the same price.
To be frank, this product sits on a shelf gathering dust in my room. The low battery life really ticked me off, as I would sit down to get on with some work at home with a bit of music on my Zen Micro to listen to and then NOTHING. I find that despite charging the darn thing two days ago my battery has run out. This began to get annoying and so now I just use my computer to listen to the music that was on there.
I had to return this after ONE DAY when I found that the whole memory, through no fault of my own, kept wiping when I turned it off. I did get a replacement from the retailer fairly hassle-free, though.
One of the buttons on the replacement was stuck, though. I never could be bothered to get ANOTHER replacement and then put all the music on it again, so to this day on the rare occasion I dare charge it up for an hour's worth of use I cannot pause the track. I have really lost the will to try with it.
There is also a distinctive clicking sound when you press any of the buttons, originally alarming but now simply irritating. I'm not sure if this is supposed to happen, but it does.
However, there are some good points about the Zen Micro, one being its size. I like my gadgets small and could never stand that Nokia Brick, as it came to be known. I originally bought it because I cannot stand the iPod, as I think it is really unattractive and quite frankly a weird shape.
The storage capacity is great, I have about 1500 tracks on there and almost 1.5Gb free, after some space is taken for menus etc., which is another thing. The menus are simple and easy to use and navigate to find the track you want. I like this as I am not a technical person and still find this easy to use.
The sound quality is good and can be relied upon, and its clarity really shocked me. I was used to slightly muffled cassettes and CDs, but the mp3 format was introduced to me via this gadget and I would never go back. I like the fact that you no longer need to carry 50 CDs with you, only this little device, as all the music is stored on there.
I would only recommend this if you only want to use it occassionally and not for jogging, as if you do then it might break due to its HDD (hard disk drive) with small moving parts inside.
I was fooled by a shopkeeper to buy this, he told me how unique it would make me and how it is yet to be discovered on the market.
The reason why it would make me so unique because it was just ordinary, there is nothing incredible about it.
It is quite quick to put music on but compicated figuring out how to put it on.
Its features are quite limited and the buttons are not simple and it keeps on skipping tracks.
It is not very lous so you need to but better earphones then the ones which are supplied with it.
The screen is dull and not bright. Th battery is quite good though.
I've owned two Creative Zen Micro's in the last 6 months, and this is not becasue I thought they were so good I bought another one! The latest of the 2 players broke recently and was traded in for a Sony NW-HD5 (Great player, see review!). The problem was exactly the same on both of the players, after about 3 months of fairly regualar use, the headphone jack became unstable and this meant that everytime the player was moved the sound quality would diminish (sound would switch bewteen earphones or sometimes not come through at all!). I have heard of other people who have had similar problems with the Zen Micro and thought it was worth mentioning.
As for the player itself, you should simply check the other reviews as I agree with them 100%. Everything about this player is great. The software is far superior to rival brands, the player is simple to use and has many extra functions such as an FM radio and the ability to link up with Outlook, the sound is great and, above all, it's small!
It's a shame that Creative had to ruin, what would have otherwise been, a fantastic product.
PS. Creative have now claimed to have solved this problem on the latest Zen Micro, so, if possible, ensure that you get the latest stock release if you purchase one.
The Creative Zen Micro Pink is a real contender for the best MP3 player. It gives you everything the Ipod gives you except the clickwheel and a lot more as well. The Micro has a 5gb capacity, a stylish look and an easy to use menu. It is however slightly fiddly to use at the start although you soon get on with thetouch sensitive buttons. It has the added bonus of an fm radio and a recording device, meaning you can tape those lectures, although in small files.
The only real criticisms are that it IS fiddly and also that the sound quality is not great. However, I have found that the sound quality is never that great on an MP3 player. If you want a stylish mp3 player with all the trimmings and your sick of the ipod craze, go for this. I wouldn't go anywhere without mine.
Creative Zen Micro
The Creative Zen Micro is a hard drive mp3 player not a flash memory player like the smaller light weight mp3 players. This allows it to hold a lot more music but a hard disc by a spinning metal plate with a pin that reads it that has to stay a hundredth of a cm above the player which does mean it is not the most jog proof player out there. If you want something you want to do excessive continual exercise with go for an iShuffle, not one of these or an iPod unless you want to be switching it back on a few times.
An mp3 player is a device which stores music in a digital format, calling it an mp3 player is not strictly true as they can play most kinds of format which music can be in including the most popular mp3 and wma.
Have a pile of CDs that you love then this may be the device for you just pile them all on there then you can select the tracks you want at the time you want without having to carry around a pile of CDs with you.
All you need is a computer (with a CD drive) and this wonderful set.
The Zen micro comes with removable battery,
USB connection wire, Zen Micro, Stand/Belt Clip, Charger, Installation Disc, Headphones, Instructions.
The removable battery comes in very useful because rechargeable batteries have the reputation of fading over time and this is completely true but due to the fact that you can replace this one you can change it when it gets really old one with a new one.
The battery I find lasts about 8 hours its does claim 12 hours but I dont think so. There is ways to extend the battery life the biggest one is to select that you have no back light on the screen, which will not allow you to see the display in the dark. Also the louder you play the music the more it drains the battery. But the battery life for this device is still a lot better then the iPod Mini.
The battery is rechargeable which I really like it mean no long term running costs with having to change the battery over, just means you have to remember to recharge it.
The connection between the computer and the player is done through USB which is pretty set standard in my computer now-a-days and should find at least 2 at the back of your computer, unfortunately I have 2 computer and one has 7 and one only has 2 ports one which is taken by a scanner and one by a printer. The solution is to either plug in what you need when you need but the computer is slightly weird about changing devices and drivers, so I have splashed out £8 on a USB hub which divides the USB port into 2 ports so I can have the connection to the computer all the time with no fiddling.
It comes with a plastic case that has changeable backs to make it either a belt clip or to make it a stand, still have not found a use for the stand its not like you can get speaker docks for the Zen Micro. I was very disappointed with the options available with the Zen Micro there is no way to hang it around the neck or fit it on you in as many ways as an iPod.
My Zen Micro does hold 5gb that if I am not mistaken is 1gb more then the iPod Mini so it does hold more music. 5gb of music is about 2000 songs, which you will not fill at all and if you do you will not listen to all of it at anyone time as 2000 songs at 4 minutes each is 8000 minutes of music, which is about 133 hours of music and that is 121 more hours then the battery life clams to be. But just between me and you its great to be able to throw what ever music you have on it and search it all by artist, genre, album or just do a random play all makes sure you do not get bored of the music that you have.
It is hard to talk about the quality of the sound that comes from a Zen Micro, because it will cope amazingly well with all the qualities you can really throw at it, but remember you can set the quality when you take the music of a CD if you wish to have the same sort of quality 128kbps plus I would have to say for a really enjoyable music experience.
The player does come with headphone but we do not rely upon these for one they are bright white, shouting out to thieves mp3 player, also they are poor quality and mine broke after a month literally fell apart. If you wish to have an amazing sound experience splash out on a good set of headphones.
The size is only 3 inches by 2 inches (roughly: 7.5 by 5 cm), this feature is great as it just slides into your pocket and doesnt really bulge at all I just slip mine in and forget that I have it on me if it was not for the tunes coming through my ears.
The software that comes with it I really like you can use it upload music from your computer to the device and in it you can change and check the title, artist, genre and all that before it goes into the player. I prefer to use Windows Media Player which it is fully equipped for if you have the internet when you insert a disc it should look for all the information of that disc before you rip the music of the device so you can sync (upload) it to the player. If you do not have the Internet I am afraid to say you will have to do all this yourself. But the software really is easy to use once you have it on your computer just select it in the Creative software of Windows Media Player and upload it to device, which looks fully after itself. Unfortunately I am not sure if the player works on Apple computers at all, it defiantly cannot play iTunes, so you can not get music from Apple but you can get music from any other site if thats the way you purchase music. You can get a firmware update for your Micro and this tackles my biggest problem for the player which is the battery loses charge when its just switched off and as I travel quite a bit then its switched of for a couple of days at a time.
Unfortunately I have found these not to be the most durable goods as I dropped mine 2 feet onto carpet and it wouldnt work but I just took it back to the shop and may of forgotten to mention the drop, but they gave me a new one. Top tip always keep your resists somewhere they come in a world of usefulness.
If you have a CD player, or a tape player the digital revolution is so worth it.
David Clark (sorry dont normally write electronic reviews)
This player was obviously released to rival the iPod Mini and I think that it does this superbly.
Firstly it has 5GB worth of memory compared to the iPods mere 4GB, thats 20% more songs that you can put on. Not only that, but its battery life also far outweighs that of the iPod Mini by a factor of 2.
It must be noted that this MP3 player is a hard drive player and so I wouldnt recommend it to someone wanting to go jogging with it due to the possibility of damaging it. However the player itself is 5GB in size which can, on average hold 2000 songs (using a combination of various bitrates of wmas and mp3s). This pretty much amounts to between 150 and 200 albums, perfect for those like me with large collections of music.
This will depend on what bitrate of music files that you use on the MP3 player. I found 64kbps on wma (or 128kbps on mp3) is nearly indistinguishable from CD quality however those with more precise and better hearing will appreciate its ability to hand high bitrate files, which results in better quality. By doubling the bitrate you double the size of the files and half the number of songs you can put on the player. I think the sound quality is very good and clear, especially because the headphones they provide are of good quality (unlike the iPod minis).
Its main features are: A quality Fm radio with about 30 presets,
A microphone which produces a fairly good quality recording,
Useful things like a calendar and address book.
The immiscible vertical touch pad (needs practise but works well)
Plastic protective casing
Although it claims to have playback of 12 hours I usually find that these are huge overestimations; however typically it lasts me (before I have to recharge) between 9 and 14 hours, depending on the volume I have it set to and how much manual song changing and tweaking I do. This beats the iPods battery hands down.
No being made by Apple means that this player does not have access to iTunes and also does not support the .aac extension.
In terms of connectivity the USB 2.0 is a very fast method of transferring songs, but the cable is also compatible with the USB 1.0 ports older computers like mine have. The player comes with Creatives own group of software which includes a music player, an audio converter and a program to organise all your music in. Creative also offer firmware update which can solve some problems such as battery life decreasing when its turned off!
It is now about £10 cheaper than the iPod mini although it used to be significantly cheaper. Bought new its about £130 or second hand for much less, as low as £100!
I think that this MP3 player is definitely worth the money spent on it, especially when its cheaper than the iPod Mini! I bought this because I wanted to be different, not going along with the masses and buying the iPod merely for the brand name and the fashion value. This player is better in every respect, buy the Creative Zen Micro.