iPod haters at Anything But iPod uncovered something new and questionable on Creative's Hong Kong site--the Zen Krystal. It's an MP3 player that looks extremely similar to the Zen Stone Plus, and sports pretty much the same feature set, the same maximum 4GB capacity, and a similar screen.
But there's one big thing the Stone Plus doesn't have: a pedometer. This puts the Krystal in the gym-goer's market just a bit more than the Stone, but seriously--is a pedometer-toting MP3 player so hotly in demand it desires a completely new product to house it? Apparently.
It's got some games, but there are a bunch of other features the Krystal could've included to make it a truly justifiable companion product to the Stone--a microphone input socket, perhaps; microSD support; a color screen like the original iPod nano had; even a digital radio.
Don't get us wrong: we do actually like the Krystal. We just can't quite figure out why Creative would put out a player that competes so much with the fantastic Zen Stone Plus.
At the moment, it's only available in Hong Kong for about $90.
(Via Crave UK)