I got my Creative Zen as a Christmas present from my Fiancé 3 Christmas's ago, until then I had never had a mp3 player, so I was really excited to get my hands on one so I could listen to music in work.
There are a number of different features on this MP3 player, these include:
FM radio- I found that my FM radio was really dependable and always had signal to the radio stations I wanted to listen to, this is good because where I was working, there was very little signal and even some plug in radios in the building couldn't get radio signal.
Photos and videos- you can upload photos and videos onto your Zen to look through or use as a screensaver (photos only) which is quite a nice feature, though the screen is very small so you won't get good picture quality from this.
Themes- You can change the themes or colours of the background and menus, this is nice because you can personalise your Zen to suit you, I liked to keep my main menu blue.
Date and Time- This is shown in the top right hand screen and is just a handy reminder of what time it is, there is also an alarm on this MP3 player, but I never really used it because I had other alarm clocks in my room.
Music Library- Music is very easily uploaded into your Zen and you can then search through the Music Library to find the album or songs that you want to listen to. It is really straight forward to listen to music on this device which is of course very important as it is the main feature that this device was bought for in the first place. The screen is laid out nicely and very easy to understand and also Playlists can be created within the Music Library so you can pick all your favourite songs and play them easily.
2GB Memory- This was more than enough for me as I had lots (over 15 at least) of different music albums on this device and never ran out of room, however I only had one uploaded picture on it use as a screensaver, which would have saved me memory.
Sound Quality- The sound quality through this device is very good, the music is very clear and crisp, though it also depends on how good your earphones are as more expensive earphones will provide better sound quality than the cheaper ones. The volume can be turned up very high and I have never had to use it on full volume to drown out the noise around me.
This is a super small MP3 player and is about the size of the palm of my hand, it has a small screen on the top of it to allow you to navigate through the features and music and also allow you to know the name of the artist and song that is playing.
There is also a 'play/pause' and 'back' button on this Zen and a little joy stick to allow you to move up and down the features and scroll right and left through your music selection, it is very simple and straight forward to use and also looks modern as well.
I am not sure what my fiancé paid for this 3 years ago, but you can pick one up now for in around £20-£30 which is a fantastic price for a simple MP3 player in my opinion, and I got lots of use out of mine so I would recommend buying one.
Overall I think that this is a great MP3 player, especially for anyone who just wants one with simple features and doesn't want to spend too much money. It is really easy to use and looks rather good as well, and is small and light so it is easily carried in your pocket when you are listening to it. Also the battery lasts ages on this Zen, which is a great feature because you don't have to continuously charge it.
I would give this MP3 5 out of 5 stars, because it is cheap an plays music with no hassle and no fuss, it is a really handy MP3 with some nice features and I am really glad I have it, mine has survived the test of time and is 3 years old, and I still use it occasionally when my iPhone is low on battery and I am going for a run.
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My parents bought this lovely little MP3 player for me 3 years ago now for Christmas and it was one of the best presents i have ever gotten!
It's a great little player, and so durable.
In the 3 years i've had it i've never really had any troubles with it and I use it daily for both driving my car and walking to work.
The screen is a little small but then what can you expect from such a small and lightweight item!? The colours are brilliant too, i love the fact that you can change the theme a little. Keep it a bit more interesting. The only issue i now have is that my music collection well exceeds the available 2GB on the Zen.
Also as is standard these days you can even use it to store photos and the album cover information for all your music. Though i do think it could have been made better if the photo's could be used for backgrounds etc...
It's so simple to move music to aswell with their music manager, absolutely no faffing around at all! Love it.
I have owned my Zen for just over a year now and have had no problems with it at all. It is easy to download music to, using a piece of software called Zen Media Explorer. This enables you to manage your music, rip audio from cd's, browse media and create playlists from you pc.
The display is not huge at 1.5" but is plenty big enough. The Zen is lightweight and the battery lasts for about 15 hours before requiring a recharge.
Also built into the Zen are a Organizer: Calendar, Contact and Task list, but to be honest I am not sure that these apps are all that useful. In fact I have never used any of them as my mobile phone has all these functions and performs them better than the Zen does.
It does however hold 25-30 albums with ease and has an intuitive interface for you to select the music you want to hear.
So if you want to get an mp3 player that is a bit different and you dont want to spend a fortune you wont go far wrong with a Zen.
The little Zen V has been my Mp3 player for more than 3 years, with a brief period of replacement in between. To be honest, I really should get a replacement, but I just don't have the money to upgrade anything.
Despite this, I maintain that this little player is one of the best I've come across. The main reason is it's looks. There may be sleeker ipods and mp4s around now, but at the time, it was the most handsome, sophisticated, all round good looking music player around. It was like the Megan Fox of the mp3 world.
But, not being too shallow, the Zen had also many useful qualities. I, personally, found the sound quality amazing, and it's controls were more than easy to use. The simplistic buttons looked good and was really easy to use. Looking back, I remember that it didn't take that long to get used to it.
The interface was also great, I like the ability to make playlists as you go so easily. There was minor annoyances though, like how it was impossible to play all in artists, and if the song didn't have any known artists or album, then it just doesn't show up on the screens.
There was also some problems with mine. Perhaps its due to a series of drops that it suffered from, but it kept going on recording unless you hold it a certain way (I've mastered that now!) and sometimes it just crashes. I've had to reset it a couple of times. Though this wouldn't be a problem if you were in an area with a lot of minuscule objects, if you're on the road or bus to somewhere, you might have to face quite a long time of boredome.
Overall though, amazing player. Though a little outdated now, I would advise you to buy it if you were looking for a cheapish mp3 player from the good old days when there were other things than ipods.
I have owned this product for approximately 3 years and in that time it has never stopped working. I bought the zen when I was at university because I spent alot of time in the library or walking between places. I originally chose it because I couldn't afford an ipod and this seemed the next best thing. I would say that my zen has been heavily used - at one point I was listening to it for several hours a day. It has always been reliable and the battery life is long and sound quality excellent. The actual 'zen' is really small and the plastic makes it light weight which is great because it means you can put it in your pocket and unlike other mp3 players, you don't need to worry so much about scratching the screen. In the time I've owned the zen, my sister has been through around 3 ipods which are not (in my opinion) as reliable.
I've had this stylish little player for about a year now, and i must admit it is very nice. Great sound quality, pretty decent volume, (and i listen to my music very loud), voice recording is great as its so small, and the colour screen is just classy, with wma playback ability always a plus. For a 2Gb player this is very small, its like a little toy.
However, the major problem i have with this is that it is fairly slow and prone to freezing up when i ask too much of it navigating to select a different tune. If your very impatient this might frustrate you, although the fact i still have it a year on must say a lot for its quality.
I just brought this Mp3 player recently and i think its brilliant. Its one of the smallest I've seen and the range of features is great. Setting up the software took quite long, but quite a lot of programs are provided, the main one being the Creative Mediasource 5, which is creative's version of Itunes. It is a very easy to use software with quite a lot of features.
I was stuck at the beginning on whether to buy the Zen V plus or the Zen V. In the end i chose this one, as i feel the screen would be too small to watch movies or anything, but there was only a £10 difference and that was probably the only reason for thinking about it hard.
The product is easy to use and it just looks great. The menu is cleanly laid out and it is easy to modify. The player is very easy to use, with the joystick and i got used to it very quickly, as before i was using a Zen micro, with a touch sensitive scroll.
I like the capability of storing photos on the player. You can also zoom in on the photos, which i think is quite good. What i like best about the photos, is that it is so easy to choose the photos or images to have as the wallpaper for the player. Another thing that i love about this player, is that you can rotate the screen to whatever angle suits you. This is very good for peoplewho are left handed and for right handed people, as using the player would feel more comfortable. The screen can be rotated 180 degrees, yeh thats right upside down, but using the player like this might be just a bit tricky.
The sound quality is superb and the player is so light the finish on the player is very good, its not a shiny metal, but i can still see my face clearly off the surface (may be a good mirror for the ladies). If i had to choose between this and an Ipod mini, I would go for this, as it is better value for money and is much smaller. Creative all the way!!!