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Creative Zen V Plus (8GB) VS. Creative Zen Vision: M (30GB)

by TottyGuy / March 21, 2007 6:47 AM PDT

I currently own a Creative Zen Micro(6GB), but over the past week or so, I have been experiencing problems with the headphone jack (music playing from one side of my headphones only) Sad

Now I've decided that I want a good, strong, durable mp3 player to suit my needs. I'm a quite active sporty, yet clumsy(sometimes) individual, so I really need a durable player.

Over the past week, I've been researching on both these players, looking at their pros & cons.

I live in England and currently in many retail shops, the Creative Zen V Plus(8GB) is selling at

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Flash memory is more expensive
by ktreb / March 21, 2007 7:57 AM PDT

The reason for the pricing is that flash memory is more expensive per GB than hard drive memory. (Flash memory - solid state, no moving parts vs. hard drive - similar to what you have in your computer, only smaller) So the Zen V plus is more expensive per GB than the Vision M.

If you want something that is more durable and lightweight for activities like running and working out, you might want to go for the Zen V Plus. Right now capacities top out at 8GB, but if you can find the SanDisk Sansa e200 series player, you can add a 2GB microsd card. The series tops out at 8GB, so you could get up to 10GB with the card.

But if you want more memory and more value, then go for the Vision M. For active uses, try using an armband so that you won't drop it. It seems the only problem you have with your current player, which has a hard drive, is with the headphone jack. So maybe the dropping isn't too much of an issue. Most hard drive players can handle a few bumps. Anyway, with your new player, if you're not doing so already, when you're not using it, don't keep the headphones plugged in. If you already do this, my apologies. I'm not trying to assume anything, just giving advice.

Neither of these players have a removeable/replaceable battery. However, the SanDisk Sansas do.

Good Luck

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Creative Zen V Plus (8GB) VS. Creative Zen Vision: M (30GB)
by dotstream / March 24, 2007 6:25 AM PDT

Here's my theory on why they're so close in price. Consider that there are two main types of MP3 player: hard drive and flash drive based. The Zen V Plus at 8 Gb is at the higher end of the memory scale for flash-based players and the Zen Vision M at 30 Gb is at the lower end of the hard-drive scale. Do you plan to exercise with your player? Stick with the Zen V Plus. If not and you have a large music collection, go for the Zen Vision M. And here's a good place to take a test and see which is the best match for your needs: http://www.thedigitalbeat.com/mp3s.html

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