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Good: Format support is better than IPlod, easy to use sync
Bad: The navigation button drives me insane hense the 8.0
Comment: Overall I was quite pleased I went for this as an option. The video quality is great and the sound along with a set of "creative Aurvana" pair of headphones is awesome. Connecting this to a PC and synchronising your music is a doddle. I'm just waiting for a slimmer model and I'll upgrade.
Bad: Nothing except the thumb impression which comes on the player
Comment: Much better than the ipod, but if some hard work were applied on the marketing I bet the sale of ipods would fall drastically
Good: This is brilliant, the sound quility is great and the screen very clear.
Bad: It take a little while to get used to the wheel.
Comment: For the money, I only paid £133 from Amazon, this just can't be beaten.
Good: The design, touchpad, video quality and sound quality.
Bad: Black version scratches way to easily
Comment: It might be thicker than the iPod video but I can't help thinking it fits into my hand more comfortably due to the rounded edges. It's a very elegant multimedia player and the video playback is flawless.
I got the Black 30GB version and the only complaint I have is that it scratches very easily and the other colour versions are not as easily available in most major UK retailers.
Good: Awesome video capability
Bad: Nav bar thingy
Comment: If you only care about how it looks buy an iPod, if you only care how it sounds buy a Rio Karam (discontinued), if you care at all how it plays video buy this - nothing else on the market is even close.
Good: Compatibility... it doesn't rely on software such as iTunes
Bad: The controls could be more intuitive
Comment: This is a superb piece of kit - you can plug it into any computer and swap tunes, unlike the iPod which relies on iTunes. The quality of audio/video is unparalleled and the user interface on the screen is common sense. The physical controls (buttons/scroll bar etc) take a little while to get used to, but if you use it frequently, you'll get used to it. I got this for £164 delivered from Comet - an absolute bargain: consider the iPod 6GB is not a lot less than this. I did my homework before buying my MP3 player and it has paid off. Believe the hype - this is the daddy of all portable media players.
Good: Large capacity, beautiful picture clarity, wonderful screen quality, black design is stylish, good music quality, good video quality, excellent value for money
Bad: Takes a long time to start up (not much of a problem I'm just impatient), marks easily, quite fat (in comparison to iPod Video), Other colors besides black look cheap, Dosen't come with charger that goes directly into a plug, manual too simple and it is hard to get album art to work
Comment: I have had this player for a year now and it has been brilliantly reliable. Generally this product is compared to the iPod Video 30gb and in my opinion it is far better. The screen quality is amazing, especially when viewing photos. It has better battery life and comes with a radio that has good signal in poor areas such as where I live. Price wise it is also excellent, being only £40 pounds more than an iPod nano.
Besides the small faults that I have mentioned above there is little wrong with it (although I was very disappointed not to be able to charge to a plug for free). Most people find the thickness one of its largest let downs but to be honest I don't really think being a cm thicker really makes that much of a difference and I think it is nicer to hold because it's thicker.
I would recommend this player to anybody who wants a reliable multimedia player that’s an alternative to the iPod (or a better version of it).
Good: Video playback quality is excellent
Bad: Sound quality, interface, supplied software
Comment: I came from an IRiver 20gb (IHP-20) to this and sadly I actually shelled out money to get my IRiver repaired because I found the sound quality on the Zen Video:M to be sub-par. There seems to be no real 'meat' to the sound, even when Bassboost and EQ settings were fiddled with, which resulted in turning the volume up louder which led to agonisingly shrill trebles.
There seems to be no volume setting which is comfortably loud enough without the treble becoming painful. I went through 3 pairs of high end earphones and that did not solve it, and having tried going back to my IRiver using the purchased headphones and identical MP3 files, I found that it grossly outperformed this Creative Zen Vision:M.
This is no plug & play MP3 player either. The suite of software is not awful, but I prefer for my MP3 player to be seen by the system as an external drive, so files can be dragged and dropped anywhere you go, providing you have your USB cable. On this note, the player can be used as an external drive, but you have to allocate space for this and do it all through the software. You can only use a small portion of the drive in this way as well, which is limiting.
To be honest, I struggle to see why it gets such rave reviews. I mean, it is a decidedly average MP3 player sound reproduction-wise. Frankly, these reviews make me question whether mine isn't slightly faulty, because I cannot see how anyone could rate this device highly for music playback which is, after all, its primary purpose.
Good: Compatibilty with huge range of video codecs, brighter more vibrant screen than the iPod, drag and drop interface
Bad: Currently only available in 30GB
Comment: Don't listen to those fasion i-victims, this is a way more competant player than the iPod, especially in the video department. Whereas the iPod feels like the video is a tacked on after-thought, you get the impression this is very much designed from the ground up to play movies. Don't be a sheep and follow the rest of the flock, think for yourselves and give this excellent wee player a go.
Good: 30GB and WMA compatible
Bad: Didn't work
Comment: I've had two of these and both froze constantly. Reset, reloaded firmware, reformatted - nothing solved it. Amazon now tell me this is a 'widespread' problem and won't supply another.
Creative support is no good at all, and it's cost me time and money to return it and all the accessories.
Now looking for another make at 30 GB.
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