I bought this MP3 player so I had something smaller that was easy to take with me on the go and use for physical activities such as jogging or the gym. It proved to be a very good decision for the price (£29.99).
The advantage with this ahead of most small MP3 player is that it has a small screen so its easy to track through your songs, and the menu is also very user friendly and easy to navigate. It's also easy to put songs into certain folders and then just play the whole folder through, for example if you wanted a gym play list so you didn't have to change songs during your workout you could just make a 'gym music' folder. This is handy for the user.
In terms of looks this MP3 player is very nice. the gloss blacked finish is classy as is the pebble like shape.
The sound quality is also very good and produces crisp sound. It isn't the best sound quality you can get compared to iPods or other high end MP3 players but its about sound quality in relation to price, and at only £29.99 it is a very fair price for the sound you get.
The only problem I encountered was a lag in the menus. When you select the artist category by pressing the middle button it takes about 3 or 4 seconds to load up and although not a major issue at all I found some of my friends using it found this quite annoying.
The 4GB capacity is enough to keep you going but it is not enough to host a vast amount of music. I'd say this MP3 player is best suited for on the go use such as on the bus and going jogging etc. If you are someone who plugs their MP3 player into their car to play music or into a Hi-Fi I probably wouldn't recommend this as it doesnt allow you to store a vast amount of music from a vast amount of artists.
I bought one of these roughly a 18 months ago and whilst the technology itself is rather stone-age compared to other MP3 players, it's absolutely perfect for my commutes to work, where I only need a few hours of different tunes, and similarly it is perfect for running etc because it is just SO light and small, and the battery life is decent too. In addition it is virtually indestructable and very reliable, was cheap at the price, and is worry free thus. It won't work with your iTunes I don't think, but it works as a small USB data store and is generally very useful.
On the downside the display is small and the menus are rather chunky and slow, and on occasion the memory has failed and required a 'format' so don't keep anything too important on there. Otherwise a good solid little player; it won't replace your Nano, but perfect for runners or those on a budget.
On the whole, for what it is, I would strongly recommend it as a basic
A terrific player for a terrific price. While not as stylish as the ipod, the Zen Stone Plus is offered at a bargain price and comes packed with more features and better sound than anyone would expect a player of this size to have
The circular OLED screen is about the size of a 1p coin and shows track info and a battery indicator during normal playback.
The controls however are painfully slow, turn on the Plus and it like to have a good old think before it's start pumping out your tunes.The menu system is equally slow on the uptake.
The plus also has an FM radio and voice recorder. Sure, they add versatility and the 10 hours of voice recording could come in handy if you're a spy, but i bought an MP3 player to escape the radio.
Even so, with respectable battery life, easy-to-use software and compatibility this is but a stone's throw from MP3 sports perfection.
You may also need:
Better headphones; sports accessories.
CREATIVE ZEN - STONE PLUS -
Storage Capacity: - 4GB
A rolling stone gathers no Bross
Manufacture Details > Creative Hong Kong The company in UK is known as Creative UK even though it is headed under the Europe labs which established itself in 1993.
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Networks include - America labs- Asia labs- Europe labs.
- Product > STONE - PLUS - MP3 Portable Media Player - 4GB
Comes in all colours - Available RRP date: 10/2008 - HK Asian market
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This hand-held device resembles a pebble that correctly glistens around the smooth contours carefully crafted and well devised proto-type looks like a market capturing winner. Not all that skims the water is golden, but in this case the Stone is in fact not all just cleverly crafted, but carries features that deems well endorsed for future generations, which other manufacturers just may adopt because Creative Labs have done their marketing homework and have listened to their critics and implemented a few of there suggestions in the Stone Plus
The Stone Plus is the 2009's answer to beating the bulge. Highly wanted to any sports enthusiast who wants to relish a great sound as well as how many calories or steps they have made during the session at the gym or on a daily working day basis. Creative has made it possible to have portable entertainment while on the move, and is one of the first PMP brands to envelope the need of relishing physical training attributes to simply listening to portable MP3 media. I believe it to be an excellent spots attachment attire that should only improve the nations fitness. It is Creatives' attempt to being Jamie Oliver, of course without the 'pukka' rubbish that is spat out of his mouth in regular intervals. What the question remains is - will this model compete with the iPod? - the early signs are good but as yet the number of sales are still not at the same level during the last few months into 2009. - The main fall-down point is the 'can't miss' digital OLED screen that is surprisingly a monochrome, and is also only 0.7" squared. Small isn't always classed as a bad move as I like the stylized visionary visual concept; then again, it will take a little getting use to if your use to a bigger navigation screen.
This PMP; also comes with a couple of stopwatch games that simulates the old Nokia game 'ladders'. These are free and comes with the package, they're fun and rather addictive, so be warned. The file browser doesn't carry the same weight as the more accustomed Creative MP3 browsers, as it is a bit warn-out and looks like a 'has been' and then gone application. The normal features such as the voice recognition option and FM Radio are available and all media files ending in MP3 and WMA formats are readable on this portable player. But last of all if your ready for a body crunching work-out schedule this would definitely be your friend as it counts your calories as you burn them off and counts your steps; however, it doesn't count the number of calories you scoff during the day, now if it did that that would be an impressive piece of technology.
What do you get in the deal?
Creative ZEN STONE PLUS
Wrist strap with lens cleaning cloth
Quick Start Leaflet
The Stone Plus can store 4 GB
The storage space is more than sufficient to play over 20000 MP3 audio tracks. The transfer rates are fast due to the fast USB transfer fast - track Windows music browser software. What is a noticeable difference is that it is not an ipod. There are not so many features nor as stylish and slick. Naturally, there is no iTune extravaganza, with freebies and membership options that Apples ipod do include.
*Available online from Creatives Hong Kong website - 60.00 $ - delivery to allocated address will be made within 28 days of purchase, not including packaging and postage. Very good value for money
Overall statistics for Creative Zen's Stone Plus - Portable Media Player
Sound and Graphics - 15.48 out of 20.00
Storage - 11.63 out of 20.00
Features - 16.04 out of 20.00
Design and Navigation - 17.37 out of 20.00
Originality - 16.25 out of 20.00
OVERALL SCORE - 76.77 out of 100
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Copyright - 1st2thebar 09 -2009
Recently it was my girlfriends birthday, and having heard her talking about wanting an mp3 player, I decided to get her one as a present. I looked at the obiocu Ipods etc but couldn't afford anything quite so luxurious, instead I took a look at the offerings from Creative.
I have been using Creavtive products for years in my PCs and was aware that they were normally good quality and decent value for money. Having narrowed down my choices to those which I could comfortably afford I started looking into what the differences were etc, and this one stood out.
A nice small size but big enough that you know you've got it with you and you won't forever be losing it in pockets. Really nice to look at, cassy and simple. And plenty of storage space for anyone but the most dedicated music listener. This all seemed like a great package.
The other thing I liked about it was the fact that it had a display, some of the other cheaper mp3 players either don't have displays or don't have backlit displays, and I have found that this makes them harder to operate and harder to browse through your music.
I decided upon this player and found it at a great price.
My girlfriend was very pleased with it and now uses it everyday.
I have also used it and must say I am very impressed with the sound quality, much better than various other players I have listened to in the same price bracket.
If you want to use the Creative software to transfer files to the player, it installs nice and simply and works effortlessly. Transfer times are reasonably short and everything seems to work fine.
There are a couple of slight downsides. Firstly, it only comes with a USb charger, which is fine most of the time s it can be charged while the computer is on which it more often than not is. But when we go away on holiday charging could be a problem, though I believe you can get a mains adapter separately.
Secondly, it has frozen up a couple of times which has left it playing and not responding to any button pushes etc. This is easily solved by using the reset button, (without losing any of your music), however you need to have something small enough, ie a paper clip, to do so. I got my girlfriend the keyring holder for the player, which fits really nicely. SHe just keeps a paper clip in there for any times when it might freeze up, though it has only done so twice since March and she has used it every day.
On the whole a geat little player, with decent amounts of space, very easy to use and great sound, what more could you want for the money.