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...
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.
Excerpt: The Creative Zen Stone Plus – whoa that’s a mouthful – is slightly larger than 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Shuffle models, but is cheaper, has a LED screen, and a FM radio. That much functionality could not be put in a smaller package.
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...
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: The built-in speaker may have few real-life applications, but it makes room for a more capacious battery, and it takes nothing away. For that reason, and because of its tiny price, great feature set and FM radio, we think it's top notch
The Zen of digital audio players: a review of the Zen Stone Plus
5 September 2007
Conclusion: Weight has increased from 0.65oz on the original Stone to 0.74oz on the Plus, but the unit is still a featherweight and is simple to forget in a pocket. I also tested it with Creative's armband and found it perfect for long jogs.
Excerpt: Designed to be an iPod Shuffle beater, the Zen Stone succeeds on several fronts. It’s got a tiny screen so you can actually browse tracks, assuming your eyesight is especially keen; there’s an FM radio built in; and it’s cheaper.
Pros: The Zen Stone’s sound is a lot more involving than the iPod Shuffle’s and it supports drag-and-drop addition of music, rather than forcing you to use iTunes, WMP or some proprietary nightmare software. It’s tiny but the screen is still usable and build is generally pretty satisfactory. There’s al...
Cons: If you get this tiny plastic lump out in public in 2009, people will think you’ve either fallen on hard times or fallen through a time warp from about 2006. The FM radio is not really worth the bother, and if you use the horrible, tinny little speaker in public, you deserve to be defenestrated. T...
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