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IFA 2009: Creative Unveils Second Gen X-Fi

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IFA 2009: Creative Unveils Second Gen Zen X-Fi

Creative was fairly low key at IFA this week, but it did have one surprise lined up...

The company gave a public debut to the 'Zen X-Fi2', a follow-up to the original Zen X-Fi and Creative's first entry into the touchscreen market (excluding the Plaszma which won't be shipped under the Creative brand).

Unfortunately however it seems the company is giving its best work to third parties because I couldn't get along with what was admittedly a pre-production build of the X-Fi2. The player features a 3in resistive touchscreen, but while the UI was finger friendly the display's sluggish response times were not. This is a shame since the X-Fi2 has some decent specs including a choice of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities plus a microSD expansion slot, an FM tuner and mic. There is also an RSS reader, but with no WiFi the need to sync it with a PC makes it rather pointless.

US RRPs for the three capacities will be $129.99, $179.99 and $229.99 respectively which does make the X-Fi2 competitively priced, but Creative really needs to sort out that screen if it hopes to compete with the likes of the iPod touch and even the Plaszma...

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adoniteINK

September 7, 2009, 6:34 pm

An all-round dissappointment. Why waste money on bringing out a product that is soo buggy and cannot compete with other offerings out in the market. The only upside to this is the pricing which for $229, you get a 32gb drive compared to apple's itouch priced at $229 for 8gb and $399 for 32gb. This is not enough considering the lack of innovation in the software and poor implememtation of touchscreen.





I really dont get Creative anymore. they could have been better off investing in smart minds who can utilize android SDK and optimize it for their Zii EGG platform or better yet focus on their plazma OS and release the product under the creative brand.





Coreplayer for android will most likely be released sometime next year which is a very capable multimedia mobile application. This coupled with the Android marketplace and the Zii platform is a pure winner in my eyes but for some reason, the company is lacking in both initiative and creativity.

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