You may remember me telling you how much I liked the Zen Micro – well, I returned it to the shop this week.
Why, when was all that much better than the iPod Mini, you’re asking?
“That all said, if there’s a product that comes out that’s arguably better than the iPod in end-to-end experience you’ll be first to know it. Why? I’ll be the first to jump up and down and say it.
Hint: end-to-end experience doesn’t mean it has a feature that the iPod doesn’t have. Having the best end-to-end experience means that everything from the marketing; to the box; to opening it up; to loading media on it; to carrying it around and showing it to your friends; is an extraordinary experience. When we have it I’ll tell you.”
That’s exactly the point – end-to-end experience of the iPod is still unmatched. There are also a few complaints I had about the Zen Micro:
- While both the Zen and the iPod feature a touch sensitive trackpad, the iPod requires you to press the pad before anything serious happens. When I had the Zen in my shirt pocket, it would sometimes stop or rewind the current tune. Didn’t like that.
- Syncing with Windows Media 10 is obviously still in the early stages. WMP would not always recognise the fact that I had plugged in the Zen, making me leave the house without the tracks I had supposed to be on the device
- WMP10 vs. iTunes: Sorry, Microsoft. If you’re competing in a core playing field of your platform (which WMP must be if you can get sued over it for millions), at least make sure your product is faster and has a better user experience than the one by an OS competitor that just did a port to your OS. You’ve got a long long way to go…
I even got the 40 Gig one, because the 20 Gig just was nowhere to be seen. One guy in an Apple related store told me those would soon be gone, and Apple would not produce new ones. Can anyone confirm this?