Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Here they are...the Nomad Zen vs. the IPod. They're both beautiful...but the IPod is definitely cuter...and more fragile.  Posted by Picasa

4 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

Dwell magazine recently reviewed MP3 players. Their top pick was the ipod (not a huge surprise). But I can look up the article at home for you and tell you their opinions on the others. I hate the ipod battery issue too...seems like a scam of sorts-get you hooked in and then you have to continue to put money in their coffers for the batteries. But it is supposed to be the easiest to use-very intuitive and easy to manipulate. I'll look up that info and let you know.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

I don't know anything about the Zen, so I can't help you much.

My bias is to steer away from the big commercially successful product. The battery scenario and that business about only using iTunes illustrate why I feel that way. When a company doesn't particularly need your business, they start to take advantage of you.

But my philosophy backfired on me when I bought a Rio Nitrus (another MP3 brand). I've had real problems because my computer refuses to cooperate with the Rio drivers. As a result, I haven't been able to manage the songs on my Rio for months. I think I may have to shell out the money to replace it with a different make.

So there you have it. My bias says, buy the Zen. My bad experience says, buy the iPod — it's a proven commodity.
Q

12:17 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Here is what Dwell said about the Zen Micro---a bit different than the one you are interested in:

Expert opinion: There's no reason to even talk about the Zen Micro--it's just a bad version of the ipod. I couldn't get the menus to make sense to me. This is mimicking the walkman and what I thought is: the minute you are having to reach for a manual, you're screweed. You should be able to pick the thing up and get it to play music. I could get it to play, but it's got this weird menu button that is impossible to figure out.

What Dwell thinks: We were initially charmed by the Zen micro's wee appearance and rainbow of fruit flavors. However, after negotiating the user interface, we were slightly dismayed. the up down touch scroller is a poor substitute for the ipod's wheel, as it reacts a little too sensitively--while scrolling, it would often select things we didn't want. The removable battery, however, is a plus (especially if you pack a backup for that transpacific haul).

They also reviewed the Mica by Asono, the SV-SD 100V by panasonic, and the NW-HD3 by Sony. If you want Dwell's opinion on those I'd be happy to give them. In general, they seemed to like the other mp3 players more than the Zen.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I say go iPod, but that's just because I'm in league with The Man.
Love your lists, though!

9:39 AM  

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