Excerpt: When it comes to compact MP3 players Creative Labs is no slouch. The Creative Zen Stone is the first real iPod Shuffle rival to obtain any foothold in the ultra compact MP3 market. The Zen Stone is perfect for the person on the go, easily fitting in small pockets or on an armband.
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.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: With a $40 USD price tag, the Creative Zen Stone is a pretty bare MP3 player . Those looking for digital audio players with advanced features like audio enhancement and OGG support will definitely want to look elsewhere, as will those who desire a OSD (on screen display) to control their entertainment experience.
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.
Summary: 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.