Summary: Another marvellous offering from Creative, the nice-looking Creative Zen Stone 2GB With Built-In Speaker takes the iPod shuffle's winning formula, boosts the battery life, lowers the price (the 2GB shuffle costs Â£45) and adds a small speaker. It's not quite as user-friendly as Apple's market-leading gadget, but this is an excellent purchase.
Excerpt: MP3 players seem to be getting smaller and lighter with each new model. Some may lack features or just not have any, but hey, all I want to do is listen to music. What's next – an MP3 player that fits directly into our ears and plays music? But truth be told I’m all for miniaturization of gizmos provided, of course, they can live up to a certain standard. The Zen Stone (it should have been called the Pebble considering its smooth curved surfaces) is just this.
Conclusion: The Zen Stone is an extremely basic screenless 1GB MP3 player. Without a screen, Creative added some nice features that allow you to easily and blindly navigate your tunes. The Zen Stone works with all modern operating systems and doubles as a standard data flash drive, making loading music and other files as easy as it gets. I really have a hard time finding a reasonable complaint for a screenless MP3 player priced at $40.
Excerpt: Like its Zen Stone Plus sibling , the Creative Zen Stone 2GB With Built-In Speaker is treading on Apple's toes: specifically, it's gunning for the iPod shuffle. And we think it should fancy its chances.
Excerpt: There are plenty of people who are looking for an MP3 player that has a lot of bells and whistles, but there are some who are just looking for a basic one that will offer good music at an affordable price. For those people, Creative Labs has made the Zen Stone. When you first hold the Zen Stone in your hand, if you close your eyes you might get the illusion of holding a nicely polished rock from the river.
Conclusion: Functional Features The Creative Zen stone is a simple mp3 player with simple audio playback options. The Zen Stone features 1 GB of storage space along with considerable file transfer time (1 GB in 24 minutes, at least I am satisfied with it). It supports all the common audio formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, and WM DRM9).