Excerpt: I believe that in the spirit of deviating from the mundane and adding a little pizazz to the portable media market, Creative designed this, the Mozaic. Its feature set will reveal that it has quite a lot to offer and I can honestly say it does. But is it worth your money? Here’s my take on that. Form Factor The Mozaic is a lightweight player that definitely has a certain cuteness quotient that one has to factor in.
Conclusion: A noble competitor to the iPod nano, but one only Windows fans can enjoy. Aside from a few quirks in its interface, it’s a solid purchase, and a reassuringly cheap one too.
Pros: Creative has a well-deserved rep for making smart music players. For anyone eager to sidestep the iPod, the Zen Mozaic, Creative’s answer to the nano, is a stand-up candidate. 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB versions mean it can go toe-to-toe with even the newest iPod nanos on the capacity front. There are also heaps of extras, including a decent FM radio and built-in microphone. The Mozaic also copes with more file formats than Apple’s players, happily chewing up WMA-encoded ...
Cons: The Mozaic will only work with Windows XP or Vista, and despite having lots of buttons up-front, changing the volume of a track means rifling through menus, rather than clicking a simple key. Its screen is also too small to really enjoy videos on the move, even if it does cope with plenty of file types. And design-wise it’s less of a box ticker too, guaranteed to date quickly in the style stakes.
Summary: The pocket-friendly Creative Zen Mozaic player is not the most attractive or intuitive player, but it is affordable, and the integrated speaker is a fun way to share music. It’s worth consideration by younger listeners or Windows users looking for a value-price iPod alternative.
Pros: Good sound, Very affordable, Built-in speaker,
Cons: Button layout confusing, Scratch-prone screen, No dedicated volume buttons, Doesnt work with Macs,
Conclusion: Take the Zen WAV and the Zen V Plus, smash them together and you get the Zen Mozaic. While there is nothing new or innovating about the Mozaic, there are moderate improvements in build-quality and design. On the downside, the OLED screen will not impress and the sound quality is pretty weak, but this is somewhat expected for a low priced player. I can’t really hate on the Mozaic, but I cannot give it praise either.
Pros: Sold build quality, Easy to use interface, Lots of useful features
Excerpt: There's nothing wrong with having a player that just plays audio. For most people looking for an ultra-portable, that's exactly what they're after, especially if it's cheap. That's why it's so bewildering that Creative 's even bothered building video compatibility into the Zen Mozaic – the screen is so small and, well, rubbish, the whole exercise is a complete waste of time.
Pros: Dinky dimensions and unique design, surprisingly musical performer, superbly simple to operate