We’re always on the lookout for ‘bang for our buck’. Most of us are more than willing to shop around for the lowest price (something made inherently easy with internet based shopping, and various websites which offer up the cheapest price incredibly quickly), and the all-important bargain. Yet in many circles, the general public seem all too ready to stick with what they know about or have heard of, despite the advice of the more educated. To your average Joe Public, the only way to play all your music on the move without lugging CDs about with you is to get them all on one of those little iPod thingies.
As good as Apple’s iPod range is, I think most of us technically savvy types are well aware that when it comes to pure value for money, they have been lagging behind their competitors in the last year. Creative in particular have introduced the better 20GB MP3 player model in the form of the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek, and now want to push for a piece of the action when it comes to those who don’t require that amount of storage. So here is the Creative Labs Zen Nano Plus 512MB (also available in a 1GB version) which looks set to take on the iPod Shuffle.
Size: 33.5 x 65.5 x 13.0 (WxHxD)
Weight: 22 g without & 34 g with battery
512MB built-in NAND Flash Memory
Power Source: Battery (1 x AAA alkaline battery)
Battery Life: MP3 128 kbps - Up to 18 hours of continuous playback with a new AAA alkaline battery.
FM radio - Up to 12 hours of continuous playtime with a new AAA alkaline battery
FM Radio: Stereo and Mono, Up to 32 preset stations