At first glance, the appearance/style of the Creative Zen Mosaic gives a sense of elegance and quality, with its trendy, futuristic design.
Its small and compact size, makes it ideal for using whilst on the move. When using the in-ear headphones that are supplied, it produces average quality sound. A slight improvement in sound clarity is achieved when using an additional pair of headphones.
The player also boost built in speakers which are only adequate for its sound quality. It is compatible with a wide range of audio file formats including WAV, WMA, MP3 Napster and even Audio Book files.
The menu is well designed and structured making it straightforward and easy to use. Although I was sceptical at first, the keys are fairly responsive and reliable even though they are rather close to each other.
Its battery stamina is quite good, on average a full charge provided about 38 hours of continuous audio playback, and about 7 hours of continuous video playback. Sadly the only flaw of the player is the size of its screen which can be used to view photos and slides with music playing in the background, but it is definitely unsuitable for watching videos for extended periods of time.
This is a good little MP3 Player. I bought this as I needed a cheap replacement for my other Creative Player which I lost. This has survived my accident prone hands (including a spin in the washing machine) and is serving me well. Sound is a good quality for such a cheap player and it has very good battery life. The screen quality is not great but you are not paying a lot of money. The player is easy to navigate, with clearly defined menu headings and allows you to create playlists on the go. It has useful extras such as a clock and alarm setting. The software that comes with it is the easiest I have ever used and facilitates quick transfers between PC and player. Creative make very good MP3 Players and I am highly impressed with their products. This is my third Creative player and they make an extremely impressive alternative to Apple. I would recommend this as a first MP3 player for young children.
CREATIVE ZEN - Mozaic -
Storage Capacity: 2GB
Mozaic Storage options: 2GB - 4GB - 8GB - 16GB
Titled: The Muzaic Quilt
Manufacturer by Creative Hong Kong The company brand is known in the UK as Creative UK, even though it is headed under the Europe ; it was established in1993.
Creative branch networks are - America labs- Asia labs- Europe labs. They're available in three corners of the globe.
-Product > CREATIVES ZEN Mosaic MP3 Portable Media Player - 2GB
Comes in all colours - Available RRP date: 10/2008 - Skins available on purchase
The Muzaic Quilt
I've played with many MP3 Players but I've grown to hate the Muzaic quilt; the Creative Zen's so called master creation last year has been the film version of 'The King and I' accept not as shiny as Yuri's head. My first reaction was to ignore the grandma patchwork model but I wanted to know more. It isn't a classy iPod; yet it does have an oddity similar to three legged cat; you can't help but stop and wonder why? - This is Creatives master-stroke in regaining ground in a very competitive MP3 market, so they created a 'Muzaic quilt'. Hardly an idea that stimulates the juices of the younger market, or perhaps with an aging population the 'patch-work quilt' was to grab our elders from their gardens and start bumping and grinding; if they could work-out what the MP3 player does. I've reviewed different aspects of Creatives' MP3 concepts and now conclude that style is not their forte, so they're looking at the long term market when it comes to design, our aging elders. The problem is the squares make it difficult to read the navigation buttons; not good for our elders and is not cool enough for our younger market. The vision behind it is baffling to me and may end up being my nemesis as I constantly scratch my head for answers; answers on a postcard to...
The 'quilt' concept is the complete opposite to what should be on the design model table. It complex matters without reasons. It could be the brain-child concept from some crazed designer who has banged his or her head against a wall for too long; if they can't beat Apples iPod visually lets go down the 'grandma patch-work route' It just so reminds me of a corporation who just isn't going places and have fallen behind visual awareness and saunters through design laws as if they don't exist. The other notion is that Creative does not possess a marketable design team that could come up with the next world dominant MP3 Player. What is obvious is they have too much money and have gone down too many design model routes to be what Apple is.
I've known for a while the Creative Zen Mozaic series is all about re-branding and re-inventing itself; but why? - Their isn't one product model that stands out from the rest that has done wonders for Creatives brand. We all know of the brand because they produce huge amount of products right across the board. It isn't by their unique clever design models for the portable media player. The MP3 market is as fickle as an eight year old child, but the answer is not plowing in loads of money into a Musaic quilt MP3 player.
All Zen series portable media players have great graphics that have been visually enhanced by HD technology. The audio is notably the best in the market-place, yet the hardest part that Creative stumble over is their incompetent design concepts. I've never bought a creative product on design alone; it is always for their sheer quality of its audio and knowledge of DAB receptors. They really are of good quality and very reliable.
Creative Zen's Mozaic quilt
I was disappointed to read that review publisher 'computeractiv' had rated this PMP quite highly for its branding 'quilt' model. They claim that the "The Mozaic spelt with a 'Z' makes it really trendy and cool". - I don't relate to the 'Z' hype at all. It doesn't make a jot of difference, it is still a notable dud in the walks of design recognition; it has failed miserably. - The shaded squared colours are a eye sore and detracts from the navigation symbols that are on the squares themselves; another own goal I feel.
What is good as said previously is the array of audio formats that exist on the Mozaic; the playback modes are available in MP3, WMA, WAV and Audible formats; graphics are viewed in JPEG format. There is a crazy voice recorder option for dictating or for just reminding your-self 'what the navigation buttons do, perfect for one of our elders to scare themselves with.
2GB of Mozaic storage
The storage space is more than able to play over 10000 MP3 audio tracks. The transfer rates are quicker due to the fast USB transfer fast - track Windows music browser software. The Creative lacks the number of downloads that we the MP3 public have been getting use to. Hence, that there are not so many features available as the iPod. Creative will be improving this conundrum I'm sure by next year as the demand for downloadable data will become even more apparent, giving more options for users and of course better wireless connectivity.
Available online from www.amazon.com - 39.79 GBP - For the added bonus of getting superb deals checkout a cash-back offer before buying this product as you can save up to 7.00 GBP - Worth checking out online for these deals.
The contact URL for direct sale orders are available at:Creative Labs online www.creative.com
The Mozaic has also devised a number of useful add-ons when purchasing this MP3 Player - including a Docking Speaker System, a soft pouch with a clip, an armband and the set of all three skins that is also available individually.
Overall statistics for Creative Zen's Mozaic Portable Media Player - 2GB of storage
Sound and Graphics - 16.65 out of 20.00
Storage - 10.55 out of 20.00
Features - 12.63 out of 20.00
Design and Navigation - 11.88 out of 20.00
Originality - 15.90 out of 20.00
OVERALL SCORE - 67.61 out of 100
Thank you for reading this review, I hope you have found it helpful.
Copyright - 1st2thebar - 05-2009
DooYoo - Review
I wanted an alternative to my valuable iPod, so I picked up one of these. It was just under £40 from Comet (if I remember correctly) and for the money I was very impressed with the feel of this tiny MP3 player. OK, so it is no iPod, it feels a little plasticky, but you have to remember how cheap this is. For the money I got a 2GB version, in black.
Styling is nice, with tiny square buttons arranged in a grid. These buttons navigate you around the menu system, up, down, left, right and back and forth, with a play/pause button on the bottom right of the grid. They are all coloured differently, which makes it a really funky design. The USB socket for charging and the headphone socket are along the bottom edge of the unit.
On the front you get a nice 1.8-inch screen. This is not very big, but is nice and colourful. It serves well for viewing JPEG photos and also supports AVI video playback. You wouldn't want to watch a full length film on here, but for YouTube length clips and maybe the odd cartoon it is more than good enough. The screen also serves up the menu system, which is easy to navigate, but sometimes a little frustrating to use.
So, I put all my tunes on here by simply dragging and dropping them to the unit. Playing back audio with the supplied earphones produces a pleasant sound quality. A lot of detail, nice and warm and only really lacking in the lower bass frequencies. However, compared to the iPod, it is a good match for it, not better, but just as good.
What you do get in this little wonder is a real bonus though. An FM tuner, so you can listen to radio and even save up to 32 preset stations. You also get a tiny speaker for annoying everyone with your tunes. More useful is the built-in microphone, alarm, clock and calendar. Plus a really good battery life... I am getting an average of about 24-hours of use per charge. It does vary, the least I got was 19-hours, but this included a lot of video playback.
This little Mozaic player really does offer a lot for the money. For those on a budget, or maybe anyone who wants a cheaper player to take out and about, the Mozaic is a good choice.