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I know that in some places it's considered heresy to say such a thing but I'm not a fan of Apple products. I find that they're all style over substance and I've never found that little spinny wheel that they put onto iPods at all easy to use.
I much prefer Creative Labs products. They seem (to me) to be much better made and have more features than their Apple equivalents and at a fraction of the price. But Apple just have better advertising abilities.
This little MP3 player is one of the best that Creative ever produced and was launched in 2008. I know that makes it a dinosaur in technology terms but it still does a perfectly reasonable job and you can still get your hands on them if you hunt around. Mine's black although there were apparently silver and pink ones available. I never saw these coloured versions though.
It's a small player, just 8 cm by 4 cm by 1 cm, but it feels beautiful in the hand (as most Zen's do). It's just a smooth plastic oblong but its corners are so perfectly rounded that it has an almost satin texture. There's a plain screen taking up just over the front and below that nine square buttons arranged in a visually appealing mosaic pattern. They provide all the controls via an up/down/left/right series of menus that are instantly understandable to anyone who has ever used a Windows menu.
It does all that you would expect from a device like this - play, shuffle, play rarely heard tracks etc - and displays the cover of whatever album you're playing at the time on it's tiny screen. I'll admit that the screen isn't great but that's not the reason why I bought it. The sound quality is excellent and covers all frequencies adequately. Soundwise it's so much better than its iPod counterparts. It's not the best that you'll ever hear but this isn't the most expensive machine in the world either. It's sufficient for the job. You can use the Mozaic as a radio and voice recorder too should you wish. It charges in about an hour through a USB cable and from that you get around 32 hours of playing time. I've had this since they came out and have not noticed any depreciation in that battery life. And moving music onto this little gadget couldn't be simpler. Just plug it into your computer and it becomes visible as an external drive. You then simply drag and drop your tunes into the MP3's drive. With 8 meg of storage that'll hold somewhere in the region of 2000 songs in MP3 format. That's plenty enough for me.
I am a big fan of the Creative Zen range of MP3 players. I have always prefered them to the 'trendy' i-pods for a number of reasons. I'm not fond of being tied down to a type of player and have always found the I-pod to be 'you have to use this and then nothing else'. I find the Zen's to be cheaper, reliable and of a better build quality.
The mozaic is a funky looking mp3 player. I must admit i'm still not sure about the buttons. they are hard to see and hamper the experience when you first start to get to grips with it. I still have trouble sometimes as they should have made a different colour or lit up.
The sound quality is fantasic with Disco, NewAge, Acoustical, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic and Voca factory settings. The ease of navigating the screen is simple and intuitive. you can store a few thousand songs if you use the right music format. The mp3 players features a radio, voice recorder, photo playback and video playback which are all nice touches. the player is quite small with its 4cm screen but the visual on videos and images are crisp and clear. You can even save images as a background! the player has a decent battery life too of 32 hours before it needs to be charged up using a usb 2.0 cable.
The player comes with an option to install software onto your computer to easily transfer songs using the usb 2.0 cable but you can also drag and drop albums in without having to load up the software. Always a nice option to have.
It is also worth noting that the earphones supplied with the Zen are ok but they broke within a month or so, which is about average for earphones.
Overall it is a great MP3 player if you want quality at a budget.
I wanted an MP3 player, but didn't want to follow the trend of getting an ipod. I saw the Creative range and went for this one. A brilliant sleek little number that performs very well. Casing is worth getting for it as a bonus as it does protect the outer shell and the screen. Mine's a rubber one, which still enables the buttons to be used effectively. In terms of actual usage it's very easy to use, especially for some of those non-technical peeps out there. Although shown here in black it can also be bought in a very fetching pink or silver- a nice unique touch that makes it more of an individual item. Sound quality is brilliant, you really can shut the world out. Songs can be donwloaded within minutes. You can get it in various storage sizes - from 2GB to 16. The size is great, very compact, you wouldn't know it's actually there, what with the other accessories people carry these days. It weighs in at 43g and it's dimensions are 79.5mmx12.8x12.8mm. The battery just runs and runs, I tend to use at the gym for hours on end and can't find any complaints so far. I have found one for £38.35, although the storage is only 2GB. worth shopping around for. One issue I did have was that it came without a home charger, which would have been handy, as I'm not always able to plug into a computer.
Well, this is a quirky looking thing, a mosaic- style MP3 player, a Zen, too- so is it any good?
This is a very small player, with great functionality is within the palm of your hand. The odd mosaic buttons are an oddity at first but I find them to be quite attractive.
The interface is good, offering basics like shuffle, and more advanced features like playing rarely heard songs and browsing by album cover.
A good feature is a JPEG viewer, pictures can also be set as a background along with general visual tweaks- this helps personalise the look of the player. There is an integrated speaker, it may be a bit tinny, but then again, it is on a tiny device.
A good battery life of 32 hours audio playback is a great asset.
The screen is very dull, a measly 128 x 160 pixel LCD screen. This makes videos a real pain to watch- you won't find yourself watching anything at length on this device (or anything at all)
Overall, this product shouts nothing special in features, just a unique design and a nice size player.