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: What does $40 USD get you in today’s consumer electronics world? How about a decent USB flash drive? How about a cheap portable DVD player? While neither may interest you all that much, Creative is betting their recently released Zen Stone portable audio player will grab your eye and wallet. This no-frills MP3 player is set to compete against the more expensive Apple iPod Shuffle.
Pros: Quality sound from a budget player; can be used as a USB mass storage device; easy to use
Cons: Cannot play while charging; included earbuds are uncomfortable; where's the software?
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.
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, we can't help but think this is a stunning alternative the iPod shuffle
Pros: Sound quality (through headphones), Price, Easy to use, Battery life
Cons: Speaker has limited applications, Few audio formats supported
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. Although not completely scratch resistant, the smooth, hard...