It was only on last week’s podcast that we were lauding Sandisk’s latest Sansas as the MP3 player to beat the iPod Nano.
Just this morning, however, Creative’s shaken the hierarchy by telling us it’s bringing the fantastic-looking Zen V Plus to the UK. Slightly shorter in height, the same width but a touch fatter than Apple’s iconic machine, this is a clear Nano slayer if ever we saw one. It could also elbow the Sandisk Sansa e200 series out of the way.
Considering our excitement, there’s nothing revolutionary about the V Plus - it simply looks charming, well specced and easy to use. Depending on your fancy, you can pick one up in 1, 2 or 4GB guises and three different outfits, black with green bits, orange bits or blue bits. Sadly, the white versions pictured here are only available in the States.
The specs are mighty comprehensive, covering off standard stuff such as Plays For Sure subscription and download tunes, a colour screen and Creative’s class Vision:M interface – the one with the zippy A-Z skip when looking for songs – and going a step further to include geek features such as line-in recording, a voice recorder and FM radio. Even the battery looks good, with a claimed 15 hour life.
The big one-up over the Nano is that it's also comfortable playing DivX and WMV videos.
Pricing’s TBC, but expect sub-£150 to compete with Apple.
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