Well we popped in to the Creative launch today and it certainly wasn’t the damp squib that some were predicting it would be. Sure the Zen Vision: M might have been all over the web so there was no huge surprise, but in the flesh it looked a great deal more than just a video iPod clone. It has the edge over its Apple rival in several key areas most notably its 262,114 colour screen (as opposed to the iPod’s 65k). It is also a tad smaller than the video iPod, is compatible with a lot more file formats and has an FM radio and voice recorder on board.
It is also going to be compatible with the BBC’s new iMP system which means you can port TV programmes directly to the device via the service. You can also add TV programmes that you may have recorded on to your PC’s hard disk as well as any video you download from sites like 7Digital The only real criticisms we have of the player was that it does look a bit iPod-esque and 30 Gigabytes isn’t a lot of storage when you are loading up a hard drive with video and photo files.
Whether its undoubted charms will be enough to persuade would be iPod buyers to get Creative remains to be seen, especially as they pay a few extra quid to own one. Personally we want a small-ish 30 Gigabyte colour screen player with 40 hour battery life – are you listening Sony?