Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Awesome little device.. too bad they all seem to break :S
Creative Zen Micro 5 GB
Member Name: dosftw
Creative Zen Micro 5 GB
Advantages: Really easy to use, good sound quality
Disadvantages: They all seem to break?
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?
Summary: If they didnt break I would have been happy to hold onto this for so much longer
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