Product Type: Creative MP3 players
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Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: 1st2thebar
Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB
Advantages: A good starter MP3 player for a youngster
Disadvantages: Navigation flaw and several navigational interface irritations
RRP - 117.00 GBP - Amazon online retailer
URL - http://www.creative.com
The world of apps is undoubtedly the way forward in music media, especially as the BBC have called time on programmes such as the Asian network and Channel Six radio where a lot of the new music genre first start out . The only effective means of getting your presence out there if you are a music guru or producer is to embrace the icon world of apps. Creative are getting more involved with this icon interactive medium even more so, since the launch of Fidelity audio performance software, that is apparent in all 'X-Fi' models. It is a lot of hype, to be honest, but for you savvy portable media public, Creative Zen has improved somewhat since the 'Mozaic' chess days, which did bore me to tears. Creative at least have picked up some good concepts while browsing through the portable media market at their competitors, and boy, did they need to pick their game up. I could see the whole media marketing journals getting on top of the Creative Lab corporation, as practically all media journalists gave a less than average account on what the Lab team had offloaded into the market before the X-Fi series hit the shops. Forget the gimmicks of 'Chess boards' big buttons with no purpose and none slick navigation thwarted all models up until twenty two months ago.
The X Fidelity models are following suit with the app king the 'Apple iPhone;' though the 'X-Fidelity' branding is nothing to do with apps there is a notable move in that direction by allowing users to purchase apps and content from Creatives' version of the Apple iPhone. Apps are taking over the portable media world as a new marketing genre within the PMP arena. Since the emergence of apps the term MP3 player has become obsolete, as now the portable media player caters for app usage that now envelopes the whole digital media market, so it is good bye to the term 'MP3 player', you've passed on the baton.
The X-Fi Creative series model has redressed blatant design changes, such as screen size and shape of PMP. This model is too small, just as the 8GB and the 32GB, the 16GB is the same size and its width is just under my right hand width, yes it is portable but these are for little people, obviously aimed at young adults who've stepped out of college and just about to embark on a career with a merchant banking corps. Not price wise but intellectually wise. Creative prides themselves corporately on making their customers explore more, hence why there are small buttons that could easily be avoided, by other navigational methods. Ask Apple. It is as if there is a miss trust in its own touch screen technology, or it is simply that the Creative brand 'loves buttons' the smaller the better, it seems.
Fidelity's internal wireless local area network (WLAN) allows the user to view server content via Creative's site, directly to the X-Fi portable media player. This is the first series of 'X' to accommodate this facility. The digital data is transmitted by streaming audio and video data from the workstation or from the WLAN line. Creatives 'Fidelity' performance specializes in high quality audio, yet you've got to have ears of a hawk to configure that there is a difference. Downloaded information from 'podcasts' that is in Creative's 'MediaBox' I advise is viewed primarily as 'only for now data' rather than collectively storing and keeping it as downloaded material. Treat it as you would when viewing the BBC iPlayer. Do not digress down the IM usage route; the X-Fi specification is not valid for that type of practice, even though it is available. I recommend that the real-time chat won't necessarily be worthy of trusting until the next series of 'Smart Technology' PMP's are available in the marketplace.
All that you see isn't necessarily what you want. The '13 buttoned' navigation is as flawed as a Nigerian figure skater. They are too close together it becomes impossible, awkward for the user, if speed was a necessity, or had large thumbs. You'll get more fun and relevance from a music phone with all the added features, except for the 'fidelity' sound if you're a bat.
Memory storage from the SD Card slot is notably not that interactive with the PMP. The old Win95 springs to mind when trying to access data, no prompt, no automatic messaging, just a poor scrolling navigation process to prolong the agony. The X-Fi itself as a PMP looks the real deal but shows many frailties, like the flimsy silver backing that Creative insists it sits on.
A X-Fi portable media player that has a storage facility of 16GB is mediocre, it suits its purpose and is at the upper scale of the MP3 player spectrum. 16GB will enable you to flick through up to 4,000 media files; this doesn't include CGI video's as these files do vary in size of content. I like the video interface that the X-Fi employs, probably its best feature, not exactly for the Labs 'fidelity' sound capabilities.
Creatives FM radio facility is a close second behind the smooth interface and screen facility, it is one of the best out there in MP3 player brands. Though is standard for PMP, but for the price of 117.00 GBP from an Amazon near you, you can't complain at the value. A decent library for JPEG - BMP images; viewing digital photos portably is also a plus, but not ground-breaking.
Xtreme fidelity series has not made bold innovative steps with this portable media player. It isn't that user friendly in regards to it's navigation facilities and the provided ear-plugs are not exactly comfortable while wearing them for more than 20 minutes or so. The audio quality is slightly better than a MP3 player, yet is comparable to any other portable media player brand. My views have changed somewhat over the past twelve months as has my expectations, so the original 84% that I gave for the X-Fi is rather outdated, considering that I do prefer U3 'finger friendly technology.' The X-Fi 16GB stats will inevitably show where my allegiance lies, that being U3 models.
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Sound and Graphics - 15.78 out of 20.00
Storage - 12.32 out of 20.00
Features - 14.40 out of 20.00
Design and Navigation - 13.04 out of 20.00
Originality - 10.62 out of 20.00
OVERALL SCORE - 66.16 out of 100
I hope all the information provided has helped.
Summary: A thumb war you cannot win
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