Elegance, simplicity, functionality, subtlety. These are words that you might use to describe a certainly overwhelming popular portable music player. That poses a problem for rival manufacturers who now have to slash a few of those adjectives off their list or risk just being complete clones.
Creative has the spirit though, it’s eschewed elegance and subtlety in favour of a new bold, tiled design obviously inspired either by the Dorchester Roman town house or the sight of a chess board falling into a Battenberg cake mix. Creative wouldn’t be the first though.
Fortunately the functionality is certinaly not lost – the ZEN Mozaics each have built-in speakers (perfect for listening to your Dance Anthems mix on the bus, kids!), FM tuners, voice recorders and support for many forms of digital music (MP3, WMA, WAV and Audible). They’ll also play transcoded AVI video formats and display digital pictures – but on the 1.8″ screen, that might not be very practical.
The battery life is not unreasonable either, at 32 hours from a single charge.
At the beginning of August, the 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models will be going on sale for £49.99, £59.99 and £79.99 respectively. If you can old out a wee bit longer, you can pick up a 16GB model for £119.99