I wanted to get the MicroPhoto for the longest time and here is what I have to contribute:
Firstly, the battery can only be charged while it is inside the player and the removable battery is so when the horrible fate of the battery completely dying from constant use comes around you'll be able to change it with ease and not have a hole in your wallet.
Secondly, I'm pretty sure you can't pre-record shows with the MicroPhoto and I have no clue if you can listen to music while the player is recording, sorry!
Thirdly, the MicroPhoto is a great player from what I've heard and from what I've seen while playing around with it. The only problem is that the touch strip is way too sensitive which which will take some getting used too.
The verdict: If you really won't be using the colour screen then why pay money for it? If you are planning on getting a Zen, get the Zen Micro instead of the MicroPhoto because it's a lot cheaper but it does suffer from less battery life than the MicroPhoto (Zen Micro: 12 hours playback vs MicroPhoto: 15 hours playback). The Zen Micro also has all the features the Zen MP has so it's a player you should look into.
Hope this helps!
Ok, I was pretty much set on the Zen Microphoto, but there's a few things that I can't seem to find information on.
1) Battery - sure it's removable, but I can't find reference anywhere as to whether you can recharge the battery outside of the unit. If not, what's the point? Since you apparently can't listen to music while charging, you must be able to charge an external battery and swap them when one runs out.
2) Radio - I really want this feature, and I really like the ability to record radio shows for listening later. However, the Creative site vaguely hints that you can pre-record shows, and I think I've heard that you can't. So the question is: can you set up a time schedule for it to pre-record radio in the background without you actively telling it to record each time? And, can you listen to mp3 music while it's recording?
3) Is this it? Is the microphoto really what I want? I don't care that much about the color screen, I'm not using it for photos (digital cameras have to be downloaded to computer first, flash-card jumpdrives are cheaper and easier to work with if I want to transport images). The Zen Micro appears to have most of the same features (although less capacity) but I've heard some bad reviews on it's headphone jack failing. But the microphoto is still relatively small, 8 gigs is ok, it has radio, sounds like decent playlist management and randomizers, sound is good, it has a removable battery. . . .
Any comments? Anyone who has one of these?