Originally Posted by Zipnogg
I hate this Apple iPod monopoly/fad.
Creative makes such high-quality products at, in this case, a fraction of the price.
Creative has an awesome customer service, too... while Apple pretty much charges for everything.
I owned an Ipod Photo for a long while...well...I went and got a video shortly after they came out and returned it because it was a little screwy and I tried out the Creative Zen Vision M since people were raving on how much "better" it is. Updated it...finally got all my music on it.
Two weeks later I realised its a peice, went back to Circuit City, got a new video and gave the Vision M too my mom. I kid you not. I don't know if I am crazy, but I just love the video a lot more. It's smaller, it's built really well, and heck, I love Itunes (I don't download any music at all...get it all off CD's I buy...so).
My sister also had a smaller version of the creative vision M....not sure what it was called, but I also thought it was crap compared too my photo. She ended up tossing it and bought my photo off me for a small fee.
IMO, all the people who bash the iPod just cant comprehend the fact that the fact that the iPod is in fact a better product then the Creative Zen Vision M.
Thats just my 2c though. [/rant]
EDIT: and fad or not, I for one know Apple is doing somthing right with these products. Also, after reading the thread a little more...I realised that people were complaining about the circle wheel on the iPods....wow....I love the control scheme and didn't think that the Vision M's matched up. Perhaps you're just slow or somthing, but I can get to the bottom of my artist list (I have well over 14gigs of music on the thing) in a split second.
EDIT AGAIN: I would have to say though, I think I did like the screen on the Vision M a little better. I couldn't tell you why...but I don't sit there and stare at my MP3 player...it's in my pocket 99% of the time...and every once in a while I pull it out to watch a Southpark episode, which still looks fantastic on the iPod so...
But perhaps for those portable video enthusiasts...the Vision M>iPod...but do some research and you will find there are devices that far surpass the Vision M as a portable digital video player...