** Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB **
I love to go walking around the forest and trough the fields but I hate to do it on my own. Normally I go with my friend and together we can walk for hours. Unfortunately she can't always make it and it order to still enjoy my walking my husband bought me this Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB. He said that music should make me feel more relaxed walking alone and luckily he was right.
The Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB comes around 70 pounds and you get 4 GB of space to put your music on. I had an Mp3 player before but he broke unfortunately but that one worked the same way. You just connect the Mp3 player to the computer and you can transfer the files on to the drive. It doesn't go really that quickly especially when you want to transfer 4 Gb but I always transferred a few new songs at the time. I got quite a few songs on it now and think around a 100 songs but you can fit like a thousand songs on it!
What sounds really good was the radio option but in reality it doesn't really work. It's probably because we live in the middle of nowhere and we get only a weak signal here. Especially when I go walking I seem to lose the signal entirely. A shame really because I like to listen to the radio and it's good when I'm bored with my own songs.
The mp3 player is really easy to use and you can sort your music the way you want. You can sort it alphabetically but also by artist or genre. It's very easy and the buttons on the Mp3 are quiet large. The sound is really good and clear. The mp3 player comes with headphones and don't have any trouble with them.
What I don't really understand is the whole microphoto option. You can watch photo's on this thing but why would you. The screen isn't really big or the best quality so I really don't see the point. I only use it for the songs and think it's the best option on there! It's a really easy to use mp3 player and I'm very glad I have it!
Mp3player: Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB
I have this mp3 player for quiet awhile and still enjoy using it. It's a very basic Mp3 player with nothing really fancy but it does the trick. It plays music and sometimes that's all you need. I bought the Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB for around 70 pounds awhile back which wasn't that cheap but since I'm still using it, it was worth it.
The Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB is quiet a ok looking Mp3player but nothing fancy. It comes in a black colour and the screen has a blue backlight. A nice look but a little bit old looking compared to the fancy Ipod. The screen is quiet big and easily to read off where you can find the different menus to adjust the settings and see information about the music. What I think is a great feature is the radio option. Sometimes I'm bored with my own music so I listen to the radio. The signal is quiet ok for receiving and the quality is ok. Sometimes I do lose the signal though but not often.
You can sort your music anyway you want from by for example artist or genre and then it's alphabetically sorted. All very basic and very handy to use and I never really have any trouble finding a song. The buttons on the mp3player are quiet large but therefore also very handy to use. The sound is of really good quality and is really sharp. With the headphones that comes with this Mp3player is really enjoyed the music. The headphones might not be of the highest quality but they do the trick.
The Creative Zen MicroPhoto has a storage capacity of 4Gb which means you can store up to 2500 songs according to the box. I think that's a little bit much since one song is already 3 to 4mb but you can store quiet a lot of songs. It's more then enough for me since I normally only have around a 100 songs on it. You can also store pictures on this Mp3player which I never really understand why. They look ok on the screen but it's never really something I would want to use this mp3player for.
I think the Creative Zen MicroPhoto 4 GB was really worth it's money and maybe these days you got a lot more storage on a Mp3player and they might look fancier, it sill works for me. It's very easy to put your songs on this mp3player as you just have to connect it to your computer and it only takes a few minutes. The sound is great and that's the most important thing for me.
Skipping to the end this MP3 player is definitely worth buying.
When I originally bought the Zen Micro Photo 3 years ago it was £200, or thereabouts. Since then it has come down in price to £140 brand new...or thereabouts. Knowing what I know now, it's still worth £200.
I havent had any problems with it at all, as someone who previously used an Ipod, the layout took a little getting used to, but once I got the hang of it, it felt very intuitive. The build quality is solid, I've dropped it a few times and never had any problems. The sound is mainly dependent on the bitrate of an MP3 file anyway, but all of the frequencies are accounted for nicely, and there are some added Equalisation features which are a nice touch.
Of the minor points it doesnt have the coolness of an Ipod, but to me thats not essential. Some of the software that installs automatically is a bit annoying with its insistence on registering, the length of time it takes to install, and the way that it takes up the entire screen.
Ive read people say not being able to view photos while listening to music is a negative, but personally I think the photo feature is a token gesture, and one that I wouldn't use anyway.
Overall after having numerous problems with ipods in the past, this feels like the peoples champion of MP3 players. Im sure the newer versions are even better, but to be honest I dont need them, the Creative Micro Photo is excellent enough.
The music device itself comes in mixed array of colours so there's pretty much a colour out there to suit anyone. There are a few good things about the zen micro photo. Its portable stylish and has supports a bright screen which you can view from any angle unlike the iPod which can be hard to see from certain angles. It feels sturdy in the hand and its pretty durable I've dropped mine a number of times without no covers on it only has very light surface scratches.
Comes with a range of goods installed on the device and in the box such as a spare replaceable battery, good quality earphones, Fm tuner voice recorder and a photo viewer which of course is what it's built around. The sound quality is by far just as good as the apples iPod if not better.
Although there are a number of things I have had a problem with and don't like for example the zen won't allow you to chill to your music and browse photos at the same time that's a no no. It also for some obscure reason doesn't support album art which I thought was a bit confusing. The actual touch pad is not as good as other brands such as apple as it takes a fair while to get use to and can be quite confusing at first.
I would recommend one but to someone who wants to just have music on their mp3 on perhaps not photos otherwise I would say go for the equivalent iPod.
I found the creative microphoto to be a welcome change from the more flashy, fashionable music players I'm usually tempted to buy: It's more compact, easy to use, and another huge perk is that you don't have to convert all your music files to a specific file format in order to load them onto the player. As well as this, a major plus for me is the fact that if your battery gets run down or faulty, you can simply buy a new one quickly and cheaply: unlike many mp3 players currently on the market with an internal battery, which requires a costly and lengthly process of sending your music player away and getting it repaired for a ridiculous price. I would recommend the creative 4GB microphoto to first time buyers as it's very simple to use and doesn't require a huge amount of software and constant updates, and gives you good battery life and storage space for a reasonable price.
Well. I had been looking for something to play my music on for a while. I pods are just not my thing- so that was them out. Apart from I pods there isn't actually much anything else- here is where the Zen comes in. Zen, I would say, are probably the I pods biggest rivals. So onto the product itself.
At just £99.99 for 4GB, the price was good. This also stores photos, has a built in radio, and loads of cool features. But onto that side of things later.
I suppose I'd better start off with appearance, size, etc. This is quite a good looking player. I have it in black, with the blue backlight. The backlight makes it look a lot cooler and high tech than the I pod- nice if you want to impress- my friends certainly liked it! However, it is quite a chunky little player- definatley one of the thicker types that are available. This makes it a bit annoying to put in my slim pockets, as it creates an annoying buldge- not to mention a tad heavier. The screen itself is large, with a good quality picture. This was one of the Zen's main selling points to me- the screens on I pods are just too small for my liking. The buds the player comes with are of very good quality sound wise- but the soft foamy covers came off them within the first month, and I am someone who is careful with these sort of things.
The player itself has a lot of features. I think this model was mainly marketed for its ability to hold photos. I can't really comment here, as I never bought it for this purpose and have never used it for photos, but the ones that came with the Zen looked good on the screen.
The radio was a great feature, but since I live in the middle of nowhere in the hills, I never got a signal for it to work! Oh well. Your music itself is stored in whatever way you want it to be- By Artist, Album, Genre- just the usual. It's in a scroll down list, alphabetically sorted. Very useful!
Another feature I like was the DJ feature. This meant that the player could give you things like 'Random play all' 'Most listened to songs' 'least listend to songs' and 'Album of the day'. All are self explanitory, but album of the day basically means the player would pick an album at random and play all the trcks for it. This was great if you were bored of picking your individual tracks, as it gave a bit of variety.
The size I bough was 4GB, as I have already mentioned. I am a bit of a music junkie, and this sufficient, but I think on a personal level I could do with about 5 or 6GB- however 4 is what my budget could stretch to, and don't get me wrong, it's a very good size. On the box it says it stores 2,500 songs- but I wouldn't have thought that would be the case if you have your own photos stored. Thats aside, a good amount of memory for the price.
Now onto the not- so- good bit. Entirely my fault, my player fell out my pocket when putting my jacket on. SOB. As I have already mentioned, I'm pretty careful with phones, MP3s, or any electrical appliance- so you can imagine how traumatised I was! I just thought "Oh well, I guess it was going to happen one of these days" and picked it up, thinking no more about it. It was only when I turned it on later that it greeted me with the message 'Re-building library'. Little did I know that this time consuming process would take place everytime I switched that darn thing on. Not only that, but instead of listing the artist and track playing, it just said 'Select music to play from library'. Also it would delete tracks here and there, and play slices of other tracks while listening to my current one! Worst of all, my laptop wouldn't detect it when I plugged it in to get my freshly dowloaded tracks! ARRRGGH!
So I took it back to Curry's, but to no avail. It was either buy another one or put up with having a faulty player that would have the same tracks (minus a few here and there as the player deleted them) on it forever! Luckily my Dad is a 'computer man' and knows how these things work. So I gave it to him to fix, and now my brother is getting it- well he is over the moon of course! I, meanwhile, have bought the new Zen V. Smaller and slightly weirder looking, I will report back when I have tested it out a bit.
To conclude, buy this player if you want something cheap, stores plenty of tracks, and overall a nice little player. I have rated this 4 because deep down it deserves it. I loved this thing while it worked, and after my little 'mishap' things just went downhill. I had to break up with my Zen :( Yes, I would reccomend this if you will never bash, break, or drop it!