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Like so many back in the early days of the mp3 players, I didnt like the fact that everyone I knew seemed to be buying Apple IPOD players, it was the fact that everyone seemed to be banging on about how good they were and I just thought they were giving into the coorporate ideal.
So I went out to research alternative, cheap alternatives...and I found out about creative through a friend of mine that had an older MP3 player the size of a brick, but i did the job. So I bought a creative zen, the earlier bigger and heavier versions of this one. But that zen just froze after a year or so, with over 1800 songs on it...so I thought this would just be glitch and bought this one. As it was cheaper I was worried this one would go as well...and I was right im sorry to say.
Now when you first buy this player, the software you get with it..creative sound is easy to instal and load. Its easy to work out how to rip CD`s onto the zen and even how to download MP3 files from napster or whatever site and load them onto your laptop library and the onto the zen. All went well for around 400 songs, approaching the limit for this player. But then it froze, just like the first one and become an expensive piece of plastic...I literally couldnt reload it, jump it or whatever. It also had a very fast USB transfer rate so it could load songs fast.
Thats said before it stopped working, it was a great MP3 player, very easy to use, very durable considering its all plastic and not metal like the apple (this obviously contibuted to creative being able to keep costs down in production and so its cheaper price.) Its extremely lightweight and small so its great for keeping even in tight jeans pocket unlike any other mp3 player before or since ! sometimes you dont even know youve got it on you.
The sound quality was good, the headphones the mp3 comes with are lame as are the headphones the ipod comes with so no change thee...they might as well not bother. If you get a decent pair of headphone the quality is good. As is the picture quality of a song, should you download an MP3 song with a picture JPEG of course, otherwise there is no picture.
Its also very easy to use and navigate through the menus, easier thought then the IPOD in fact but it still broke and nothing can make up for that. I suppose I could have sent it back to creative for manufacturers warenty but really its such a hassle doing that and would take months to sort out anyway. As well as downloading mp3 files you can also download an hold photo (jpeg) files but the screen is so small this really isnt gettign in a fuss about really.
It also didnt have a great battery life, unlike the apple, it run down quicker and required constant recharging
Price wise you could pick one of these up for £70, but they would be much cheaper now, but it would be an old model.
This is the first MP3 player I had with a screen and menus and it is yet to disappoint me. After about 4 years of use it is finally starting to die as the battery doesn't last as long as it used to. Minimal space on the memory is used for settings meaning more space available for music. The headphones were of a high standard until they broke after about 3 and a half years but again, that is probably down to excessive usage. The menus are really easy to navigate and the software that came with it was also easy to install and use in conjuction with Windows Media Player. It also comes with a recording function and microphone so any musicians out there can hook it pp to an amplifier or whatever and record any ideas for the rest of the band. Well worth your £30. I paid £70 and I'm still chuffed.
I wanted some sort of device to hold my music on but didnt want an ipod. After shopping about i found this. Everything looked ok when i bought it and i didnt see how there would be any problems on it.
The first thing i did when i got home after buying this product i went and bought some songs to put on it. Everything was ok.
But the second timei added songs onto it they didnt work and when i pressed the play key nothing came out of my earphones.
I kept tying and trying but nothing worked. The songs wouldnt play, only the ones that i put on the first time. I wasnt happy at all.
Occasionally it would also freeze and the battery didnt last for very long.
Nothing more to say on this really just that i wouldnt reccomend it to anyone because of these problems.
If it didnt freeze, run out of battery and not play songs then this would be good. The sound quality was good and it was easy to use and all the other applications on it were high quality.
I feel it was total waste of money. It is just sitting in my room doing nothing. They might not always be like this but you dont want to take a chance.
After smashing the back cover off my creative nano mp3 player I decided that the black text on blue back-light was doing my head in, I wanted something more. My old MP3 player was a fantastic MP3 player, so I decided to stay faithful and buy another MP3 player from creative.
After searching around a bit I came across this MP3 player in pink, not only does it look like the iPod Nano, its cheaper! Ok, so it is not as skinny as the iPod nano but, it does have many more features and in my opinion much cuter.
As you can see in the picture there is a circular button, don't be fooled! It is not the same this as the iPod, they stole that for themselves, in fact it is a tiny analogue stick that you can wiggle around and press in (like you get on some mobiles).
There are also two buttons beside the stick play/pause and return. On the side there is a record button, so if you wanted to record your voice you can do (you can just about make it out on the picture). Above that is a volume control which is a bar with volume up on one end and down on the other.
On the opposite side there is the power button, this is a slider which when pushed up for a few seconds switches the MP3 player on. If it is pushed further it locks the MP3 player so that when you lean on the buttons it doesn't do anything.
The MP3 player can play many music files as well as video files. The sound quality is top and can be customised with different equalisers.
The screen can be rotated, which is useful if you want to have it hanging around your neck (strap included).
Overall a very good music player, definalty worth its price.
I bought this product becuase I didnt want to splash out for an ipod.
I loved this product because of its size and the fact it was available in a range of colours - not to mention the price £69.99! It is very easy to use with a joystick to navigate around the menus etc. The menus are simple and it is easy to find what you are looking for.
Other nice features to this product are the fact that you can change the background picture, make slideshows with photos, and record sounds, not to mention the 2000 song capacity! It can also be used as a storage device much like a memory stick, which is helpful if you are using it often. The sound quality is also great and the headphones are also great. It is also easy to transfer songs from the computer to this device, which is obviously a bonus!
A great mp3 player, i would reccommend to anyone, and have never had any problems!
Ahhhh what to say about this seemingly cute little piece of technology, smaller than an ipod nano as well. hmmmm well DONT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!..... at least based on my experiences you shouldn't, it all went well for a while, sure the sound was quite poor, it kept freezing, had a low battery life and a feeble ammount of memory, but i could deal with that. For freezing i just waited until all the battery was drained and then re-charged it, but it basically still worked.....
no my biggest problems where yet to come..... it was, ooohh i dont know, lets say a week affter the warranty ran out, and i picked it up to listen to some music, and i turned it on like usuall, but for some reason the screen didnt come up as brightly, this problem got progressively worse as the weeks went on until the screen was completely black. However it still worked so i was still reasonably happy, but then a few weeks after that the whole music playing function broke as well...... it is completely broken now, and i mainly use it as an overpriced paper weight.
yes the sad truth, if you want a decent mp3 player..... just buy an ipod.
This mp3 player is absolutely superb value for money. The sound quality is crystal clear, the headphones actually stay *in* your ears (this alone elevates it above 90% of mp3 players on the market), and it is able to store an impressive 2 gigabytes of songs. While there are a great many mp3 players on the market which can store more than that, few have such a voluminous capacity for such a small price.
I was particularly impressed with this product because it is Napster compatible. For those who are unaware, Napster is (now) a legal mp3 downloading service. Unfortunately the Napster software is not compatible with Apple's software (no idea why), so you can't put the mp3's you download onto an iPod. For Napster subscribers like myself who don't want to pay the exorbitant cost of downloading via iTunes, the Creative Zen V Plus is the answer to our prayers, allowing us to take the mp3's we have downloaded on the go.
It is also extremely userfriendly. The software is easy to run and easier to understand. You can easily compile playlists and sort your music. The music can be transferred very quickly and easily from your computer to the mp3 player and is simply a matter of dragging and dropping. The player is also quite resiliant and its screen can certainly take a beating without cracking (although it does smudge rather easily).
The downside to this product is that it needs frequent recharging. The battery will only last you a few hours. There are definitely more efficient products on the market. However, this is a small flaw when placed alongside its many advantages. On balance, I thoroughly recommend this product.
I picked up this player as a cheap alternative to my iPod 3rd Gen 20GB that kept going on the fritz.
I always regretted buying the 20GB iPod anyway as I never keep that much music on it anyway and wished i'd bought a Nano or something like that, so when I decided to buy a small capacity MP3 player this came up and was priced right so I thought I would give it a try, and boy am I glad I did, it has a very sturdy outside case thats designed nicely and has a very sleek modern appearance to it, it also has a very nice easy to use user interface ( In fact strangely similar to the iPod ) and has the nice added feature of Video playback, the screen doesn't really allow for overly impressive video playback, most cellphones now will be more impressive, but its a nice feature thats well placed in a package like this.
The sound quality is good and although I replaced the standard ear buds with some in-ear buds ( my ears don't seem to be able to keep the normal buds in !! ) it doesn't sound any worse than my iPod in the sound department
Overall this is a very well packages MP3 player, and unless you're a slave to the Apple Brand will do the job just as well as anything else out there
Commonly the portable mp3 player market has been dominated by apple, the most relevant product to this is the ipod nano. The creative zenv plus is a perfect alternative to the nano and features many advantages over the tradational nano. firstly is the battery life, ipods are known for poor battery life. the creative if listening to constant ablums has serfed me for a good ten hours. The menus and backrounds are easily changeable within the player making a clear and fun display, also the menu can edit such factors as brightness, senstivity and type of sound (pop, rock, classical.etc). although the memory is half of the conventional nano, 2gb on a creative fits just as many songs using the quick and easy to use software. i purchased this device for £100 and any price beneath this is an absolutely must have for any music lover looking for a stylish and technically brillant player to hold all their tracks.
In a world where everyone is using personal music players the times have certainly changed. I can still remember carrying around my trusted old sanyo cassette player packed with 90 minute tapes, the sound was poor, the headphones looked ridiculous and the thing was too big for any pocket you could have. From there the next step was a CD player, just a bit bigger than a CD this thing was even heavier, even the best shockproof ones would skip if you didn't walk in perfect motion. I skipped over the mini-disc as it just never took my fancy.
Now we're onto the next level, MP3 players, sure people have them in their phones now and everything but if you're looking for a good independant personal music player then you needn't look too much further than the Creative Zen V Plus, Availible in White/Orange or Black/green , the handheld music player is pretty stylish looking. It's not too big, in fact it's smaller than many mobile phones and it's on sale for around £80.
For what you get it's good value for money, the earphones are nice and have a great sound, it holds a fair amount of music/video and the interface is extremely user-friendly. The only drawback for many is that it doesn't really do anything to set it apart from the Ipod or any other music players. It's simple and does exaclty what it say son ht etin.
If you're looking for a cheaper equivalent to the Ipod then this would be ideal.
It is understandable that in a world dominated by ipods that this little guy may look under par. I can assure you it is not.
It all depends on what you are using it for. I take mine to the gym and with its low weight and discreetness it is far superios to the ipod in this respect.It is so small but it still has a navigation screen and can store pictures! "GB may not seem like alot and perhaps it is not enough for some. To give you an idea it is approx 500 songs. I find this to be enogh for the gym as you can update and change the songs easily. The battery life is also good. Perhaps not as long as the ipod but again you do sacrafice some things for others. The picture may not show it well enough but it is very small. This may not benefit those with bad eyesight as it does have a small screen. I do recommend this for those who go to the gym though. Its ideal!
It's a sturdy little player with a really nice, simple button system. It holds up under a lot of use. I appreciate the small size. Good for slipping in pockets and purses with no fuss. The buttons are easy to press and don't require any fumbling to find.
The menus run simply and are pretty customizable. Though it runs like a computer and occasionally freazes, and/or skips like one. Generally only as a result of improper disconnection from the computer though. I really like the home-screen interface. Being able to choose shortcuts to your favorite features. The DJ feature is my favorite. Possibly, I'm just cheap, but this is the first mp3 player I've had that keeps track of how many times I've played something. Really useful when I want to clean out my library.
I have a hard time rating sound quality. The buds are... buds. They sing as well as expected. That is, pretty poorly. But that's not to say the machine itself processes sound badly, just that one should upgrade if you want decent depth.
CREATIVE ZEN V PLUS 2GB (Green)
** A dash of lime with your PMP sir? ** - 15/11/2007
- Creative Labs -
The Creative Worldwide business is called CREATIVE LABS > Creatives UK product branch is under the Europe labs which established itself in 1993.
Creatives Labs also included - America labs- Asia labs- Europe labs.
-Product > CREATIVES ZEN V Plus MP3 Portable Media Player 2GB - (or 2048MB for those who want the accurate spec)
Gin Green with added White freshness- Available RRP date: 01/2007
- > Start < - Creative Zen V Plus Series 2GB- > PMP (Portable Media Player)
I've been a keen design critic for these types of PMP component packages for a while now, and have I've been very much involved with digital media since mid 2002. This particular (green) OLED screen definition is of a high standard. It 's glossy visualisation is inviting you in; and of course it is very user friendly.
The MP3 Player only is compatible with JPEG customary images, that are online/web based, you can also load off from a digital camera, the PC, or from the internet itself. The audio quality is crystal clear, of course depending on the size of file the MP3 file as the higher the size of the file the better the quality. The only one objective that saddened me with this particular product was the fact that it has an limited file recognitions; this will probably be sorted out in the next model V Plus series.
**The available software included within this package; already installed is: MediaSource - MediaExporer - ZenCast Organiser **
- ear-plugs are included (not the best kind sadly) -
-Mobile Technology- It lacks functionality. No MP4 decoding is available with the V Plus ** For any songs that have been downloaded onto your PC from paid music sites that are (Protected by copyright) will be able to be played by this MP3 Player. Many media sites now have encryped code that stops this form of usage.
- 2GB of music storage - 2048MB
2GB is sufficient to play over a 1500 MP3 music tracks. Personally, I do feel that 2GB is sufficient space for audio only, though video's I would claim a 4GB or a 8GB is better suited. 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; even though it easily can be mistaken as one. What is noticeably different is the price comparison.
- Styled on Apples iPod -
The timing for the V Plus Zen launch co-incided with the earlier ipod nano launch earlier this year (2007). I'm not a Creative Lab fan as they seem to miss out on the boat regards to product style and of course the highly sought after nano technology. Creative has nano labelled products but they are not so wellknown, due to the fact they are not so good. Creative seems to fall at a couple of hurdles namely the weight. On average Creative is 8 grammes more heavier than Apples' iPod. The other hurdle is the 'trouser test' iPod's generally are unseen in the pockets, yet this model certainly is visable. Overall, the feel of the V Plus is notably beefy compared to the iPod. Though functionally it is very astute and slick.
- Size does matter -
Weighing in at 44g - Yes this is a heavy weight, not that you notice it, though as size does matter this has to be mentioned - now the nano modifications have reached the UK's market place.
- V Plus extras -
Yes, please take note; the 2GB is a good amount of digital MP3 space for a non video audio only player. The voice-recording is a fab utility - please try it; I did it was a revelation. Extreme quality; not that I like my own voice of course, though it does help. External recordings again superb. Ideal accessory for a pop concert maybe. The radio is of DAB quality which is superb for catching up with news updates.
- Now, that important price -
Retails for 64.99 GBP- For even great offers checkout a cashback offer before buying this product as you can save up to 20.00 GBP - Worth checking out online for these deals.
- My verdict -
I'm going to give the V Plus a 7.5/10 overall. The lime green and white colour is more my 'cup of tea' and is much more easy on the eye. The white is a design source from the successful iPod branding and I do believe this was Creatives intention. At least this particular colour combination is soothing and reminds me of a dash of lime with an iced cold Gin and tonic, on a warm summers day.
I hope you have found this review helpful.
There comes a time in everymans life that he has to finally move with the times. No longer can you hop down to your local music shop and buy a Vinyl record, a tape or even a CD
Music is now all about MP3s and the ability to get your music off the internet at a reduced price. The fact is that a whole generation of kids dont actually pay for their music at all and download it illegally for free. Personally I was not interested in downloading new tracks, but getting a device that would allow me to transfer all my CDs easily into one space. So when my first dooyoo Amazon voucher arrived I was inspired to buy a Creative Labs Zen 2.0.
Why a Zen?
After much deliberation I decided on the Zen rather than the more famous I Pod because I noticed the price was a lot cheaper and I have never been one to follow the trendy crowd. However, it seems that the reviews would suggest I bought the right product anyway as the Zen has been getting raves.
Although not the attractive white that has sold a million I Pods the Zen is a pretty thing in its own right. It has the base colour of black and a trim that comes in a variety of tones to suit the user I choose an electric green! Its compact and easily fits into your pocket and the button are handy to press to change tracks or change the volume.
The Zen comes in a variety of capacities from 1GB up to 4GB (anything higher and you have to go up to Creative Labs next range of MP3 players). I decided that with around 100 CDs I would need the 2GB device. However, after transferring the first 40 or so albums I soon realised that I had saved money, but not given myself enough space. Its important that if you are going to buy a MP3 player that you get one that is large enough to suit your needs. Mine is slightly too small so I had to delete some less popular albums to make space for the regular Podcasts that I download from the internet.
Show me the interface
Like any new gadget you receive, some people will take to it like a duck to water whilst others will flounder like a vampire in a bath of holy water. As someone who is pretty techno savvy I found the interface on the Zen to be very intuitive. There is an option to look at your music and you can search via album, artist or song. There is also an option to listen to individual albums via shuffle or straight through. The shuffle function is really good if you want to listen to random tracks from your collection. The Zen also takes note of your favourite tracks; least heard tracks and compiles an album of the day for you. This is great for someone like me who listens to the same 10 songs if allowed this forced me to appreciate my collection. The only bugbear that I had with the interface was its penchant for automatically switching on shuffle. You have to dig down quite far to switch it off and thats vital if you are trying to listen to an audio book.
As this is the + model it should also be noted that you can watch mini TV shows or movies on the player. The screen is very clear and I was able to see the free adverts that came with it easily. However, I personally can not see the point of wanting to watch anything on a tiny screen and have found the function useless but it does give the music player a larger screen. For people that are interested in watching video on their MP3 player this does the job, but is severely limited by its 2GB size.
Interaction with my computer
An area that the Zen has come under fire for is how it interacts with your home PC. Unlike the I Pod there is no ready made I Tunes for it to plug straight into. To get the most out of your Zen you will have to do a little bit more work. The player comes with a CD that will install all the software that you will need for it to work. Some people have found that this software does not work on their PCs, I found no such issue and as long as you have a recently bought PC, 2004-, you should be fine too.
The main two pieces of software that I use is the software that allows you to rip music to your player and the Podcast subscriber. Both of these pieces of software are very easy to use and are great. The CD ripper is fantastic as it allows you to burn the CD to your computer hard drive, MP3 player or both. The ability to burn straight to your MP3 player only is a great asset and not available to other players. The Podcast subscriber links you to a website that has 1000s of casts, just choose the ones you are interested in and every time you plug in your MP3 player the latest episodes are downloaded fantastic. I actually listen to these casts a lot more than my music.
There are a couple of issues with the software that will cause a problem to people not that familiar with computers. This is not an Apple product and therefore will not work with I Tunes directly. This sometimes effects downloading off internet websites as they are sometimes I Tunes only.
Do I recommend Creative Labs Zen 2GB? Definitely; especially to people who know a little more about computers and want to get more value for their money. I found that the price, functionality and software were all superior to the more popular brand. However, for people that do not know that much about computers the added hassle of working to get your downloads may not be worth the £20 saved and enhanced features. I would also suggest that people go for the slightly larger 4GB model as I found that 2GB was not enough. Overall, a great player at a decent price that is aimed at the PC user rather than layman. (4 out of 5)
Maker: Creative Labs
Price: amazon uk - £65.66
play.com - £79.99