Conclusion: The ZEN Stone Plus, at 2GB, has twice the storage of the original ZEN Stone, a screen, FM radio, and voice recording. This is about as cheap as it gets for a reliable 2 GB player (the screen-less 1GB iPod Shuffle is $80), but if storage isn't your main priority, the 1GB Sansa Express is better solution (and costs $10 less).
Pros: Small and lightweight. FM radio. Voice recording. Stopwatch and clock. EQ options. Can delete songs on device itself. Snazzy date/time display.
Cons: Short USB cable. So-so earbuds. Annoyingly long start-up time. No way to monitor voice recorder.
Conclusion: I had my hopes up when i heard that the Stone Plus was getting an upgrade, especially since I ruled against it in the Stone Plus vs Sansa Clip showdown . I was hoping that Creative would fix all the flaws in the previous model and really make the player a good alternative to the Clip, but unfortunately they did not. First of all, the music browsing should have been fixed, and it wasn’t.
Pros: Speaker is both loud and useful, Excellent battery life, Nice set of included accessories, Lots of features for the price, MSC
Cons: Menus are still slow and awkward, Weak radio reception, Lacks more speaker related features, Volume scale would be better with more steps, Equalizer is poor
Summary: A superb package that has 'value for money' written all over it, Creative's Zen Stone Plus With Built-In Speaker is pretty much an iPod shuffle plus a screen â€“ and the bonus of a small speaker. It looks great, does everything you ask and costs just Â£42. Highly recommended â€“ just don't expect too much from that speaker.
Conclusion: First I would like to say I am a fan of Creative’s Zen line of MP3 players. Although they have their issues and deficiencies like any MP3 player, overall they are a solid product line. The Zen Stone Plus has some good things going for it such as MSC data transfer, solid build quality, a nice design, and a decent set of features in a small package. However, personally, the Stone Plus disappointed me. There are two main reasons why the Zen Stone Plus was a disappointment.
Pros: Solid Build, Small form factor, Nice selection of optional accessories, MSC (any OS)
Cons: Awkward interface, Cannot browse individual songs, Lagging interface when music is playing, Poor FM reception
Summary: Creative's ZEN Stone Plus is another good entry into the digital music market. It does suffer from poor battery life and a slightly slow interface, but if you're after a small and relatively stylish unit, it is a reasonable choice.
Pros: Stylish small design, Some nice features, Drag and drop, Now comes with a screen
Cons: Screen a little small, Interface sluggish, Poor battery life