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Creative's ZEN WiFi touch Rival Revealed

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Creative's ZEN WiFi touch Rival Revealed

We've long known Creative has been working on an iPod touch rival (to be fair, who isn't?) but even more details have now surfaced...

Called the 'ZEN X-Fi' it offers a radically different take to the button-less touchscreen copycat approach adopted by so many and instead combines a tasteful chrome and plastic finish with buttons galore!

Specs aren't actually out but what we now know is the eye catching nine buttons on the right act like a nine-point directional pad (making gaming a possibility?) which also double up for typing (Yahoo! and Microsoft IMs are said to be supported). The built in WiFi will also share and stream media between it and networked computers.

In addition, coming with what we presume will be the usual audio and video codec support will be a useful SD memory card expansion slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mic for voice recording and customisable soft keys.

Likely to be either an enormous hit or shunned freak depending on the UI, the X-Fi should break cover in official form very soon. Pricing will be crucial and I'm sure Microsoft and SanDisk - if perhaps not Apple - are waiting with bated breath...

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via Epizenter.net

SteveM

June 30, 2008, 6:48 pm

"useful SD memory card expansion slot" - If it's as useful as the SD slot on a Creative Zen, I won't be buying one.

GoldenGuy

June 30, 2008, 7:12 pm

What was the problem with it Steve? Did it restrict what you could do with that storage - could you not have that data transfer to and fro properly with the built in storage or what? Frankly I think expandable memory is always welcome, and I wish Apple would let go of its control freak ways and offer it too - even if only on the high end models.

SteveM

June 30, 2008, 8:15 pm

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SD Card Slot





Creative has added an SD card slot for expandability which, however, is severely crippled. The SD card does not fully integrate into the library; it is a completely separate entity which cannot take advantage of all media functions.





Here is how the SD card works. In order to use media (video, photos, or audio) you must go to the "Memory Card" menu on the player. When in this menu you can browse the media by typical file folder browsing, but ID3 browsing cannot be enabled. All media is playable by selecting, but you don't have the same options, such as "view details", "lookup artist", "remove", "save as playlist", "add to playlist", and "set bookmark", as you would if you were in the main library To add insult to injury, if you have a short cut key set to the Now Playing screen, it will take you to an empty Now Playing screen and stop your music. If you are playing music from the SD card, just moving to any other part of the menu will stop the music.


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From - http://www.anythingbutipod.com...





Compare to a Cowon D2 where music on the SD card is seamlessly integrated with the on board storage at boot up of the player.

ilovethemonkeyhead

June 30, 2008, 11:38 pm

so true - a real downer...

Gordon394

July 1, 2008, 12:03 am

Interesting. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze has seamless microSD card library integration for what it's worth...

quatermass

July 1, 2008, 1:50 pm

Didn't anyone proof read this article?


'are waiting with baited breath' - I mean come on it's spelt 'bated'.

Andy Vandervell

July 1, 2008, 3:00 pm

Fixed. :)

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