The boy who dies with the most toys, wins. After using an Ipod standard (20gb) for 18mnths I decided it was time to upgrade. After browsing many different review sites not only did a find that CNET.com.au was the easiest to navigate, but it also gave the most objective opinion over various levels of technical depths. So if you want the nuts and bolts or just an outline of the features – it covers as much or as little as you want.
In the end I chose the Creative Zen Vision:M. Even now as I’m writing this I’m looking forward to jumping on the bus for an episode of Family Guy in very sharp detail (The 2.5-inch LCD has a resolution of 320×240 pixels, displays a a fucking 256,000 colours (as compared to only 65,000 colours on the video iPod), and perhaps not looking forward to the breath of some young punk who decides he needs to LOL – that’s right, I said it – while peering over my shoulder.
Besides a choice of interface colour, logical menus and large screen to see it all on, my favourite feature is fact you don’t need to install special iSoftware. As long as you’ve got windows media player 10, you can sync it up with your library. It also doubles as a fantastic 30gb data stick.
I’m incredibly fussy with sound, and the degree of detail you can use when equalising your sounds makes sure your ear buds, or full cup phones, sound fantastic. Especially when listening to everything from gangster rap to metal.
At first I was turned off by the devices need for a small adapter to connect USB. But now I’m loving it. It allows you connect any transformer (so you don’t need a certain brand to charge, nor computer) which does heaps for running your full cycles in your battery. It also allowa you to output your AV with ease.Overall very happy with the Zen (even loving the name). Itd be interesting to hear how Mac users find it. Lets just hope it doesn’t share the seemingly ‘inbuilt obseletion feature’ with iCounter Parts (yes, bloody Apple iPods. Sue me).
Now it’s to put down the PDA, onto the bus and Family Guy. I love toys.