Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Music to My Ears
Creative Zen Stone 1 GB
Member Name: kat1234
Creative Zen Stone 1 GB
Advantages: good price, looks good, battery life good, easy to load and use
Disadvantages: could do with a clip attachment
I'm not a big techno-freak nor am I an avid music fan but, when I go way on holiday, I do like to listen to the music I like when travelling or on the beach. I have no need for an mp3 player elsewhere as I tend to travel anywhere in my car and have the radio for that. With that in mind, when I was going on holiday a few years back, I started looking for an mp3 player that would meet my requirements and my limited budget for something that I would use, at best, occasionally.
Researching on the internet was not easy as I am easily baffled my technical specs and terms. However, I seemed to be coming across consistently good reviews for the Creative Zen Stone model. At £25, it was priced at about the level that I was willing to pay, so I purchased online and awaited delivery.
Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this player looked. It was very small and compact and looked sleek and modern. I purchased in black and this had a glossy finish so it looked really stylish to me. After a fair amount of transportation, dropping and use in different environments, this look still remains so it's also pretty scratch resistant too. It is also available in red, pink, white, navy and yellow. It has no screen and on the front have a simple round button that can be directed upwards, downwards, left and right to perform functions such as play, pause, fast forward, rewind, skip.
The dimensions of the player are reported as 53.7 x 35.3 x 12.8mm, so you can imagine the size and how neatly this fits in the palm of your hand. The weight is somewhat more disputed and I have seem weights ranging from 17 to 18.5g. Needless to say, whatever the actual weight, it is very light in your hand. All in all, I think it looks good!
The player also comes with earphones and a wire USB attachment for attaching to your computer to charge and download your music.
SETTING IT UP
As I have mentioned, I am no expert at all thing technological but I was surprised that there was no disc or software contained to allow me to transfer my music onto the device. Instead, you have to access the Creative website and download the software from there. The software is really easy to use and it is just a matter of dragging the music from your menu and dropping it into the device's playlist. This was really easy to work but is a little slow. I'd be quite confident that most people would be able to work this. As the device has just 1GB of memory, I don't think that it being slow to load is too much of an issue as you won't be loading too much music. If there was more memory to fill, I could see this being rather annoying!
The device is really simple to use. As mentioned, the front of the player has a round button that can be compressed in different ways to perform all functions. This can be a little fiddly at first to ensure that you are directing it in the correct way but once you get the hang of it it is really simple.
There is also a light on the front which flashes different colours to indicate how much battery that you have left - a handy feature. It also flashes green when in use so, if you have accidently left it on (and the music isn't loud enough for you to tell!) this gives it away.
I didn't find the earphones supplied particularly comfortable to use and swapped these with another pair almost immediately. I don't think that this is a particularly rare problem though as I often find accessories supplied with things like this aren't of the highest quality, but it is worth mentioning.
Some of my friends who are more in to things like this than me have used the device and think that the sound quality isn't the best. I have no complaints with this though, to me the music sounds clear and there is certainly no fuzziness or interference of any kind. The one thing that I will say that is a little irritating when using the player is that there is no clip attached so that you can fasten it to your belt or bag strap. This means that if you have no suitable pocket, you are left carrying the device. This, for me, is a simple design flaw. It seems that you can buy pouches to fasten around the outside of the player to rectify this but I feel that it's a feature that it should have anyway, even if it is removable
For the price paid and for my needs, this player is pretty much perfect. It probably would not be suited to anyone who regularly listens to their music as the memory capacity would not be anywhere near large enough. It does, however, hold a sufficient amount of music (I have about 200 songs loaded onto mine). I have also found the battery life to be pretty good - it is said to have a life of 10 hours but I have found it to be nearer 12, which is rather decent.
For me, the best feature is that it looks so good. It is well designed and looks like it would be more expensive than it was. The curves around the edges add to the sleekness and it does feel quite sophisticated. Coupled with it's small size and weight, this really is a neat mp3 player.
Summary: Lightweight music player for those without a huge music library!
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