For a couple of weeks, Microsoft's Portable Media Centers are available for sale in the U.S. and when it was announced earlier, I've tried to order a Creative Zen from Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon isn't shipping this device too Germany but thanks to my fellow MVP Steve from BostonPocketPC.com, I've place my order through him and recently he received the device which he forwarded immediately too me.
Right now, it's in customs in Frankfurt and delivery date is expected for October, 6.
What is the Creative Zen about?
- Watch up to 85 hours of Movies, Recorded TV Programs or Home Videos
- Store and listen up to 9,000 songs
- Carry and enjoy up to tens of thousands of photos
- Large, high resolution 3.8" TFT LCD backlit for crisp and clear images
- Removable and rechargeable Li-Ion Polymer Battery - carry a spare so your entertainment will never be cut short
- Powerful Windows Mobile operating system lets you easily sync, find and manage your digital entertainment
- Quickly transfer content from your PC to your Zen Portable Media Center with USB 2.0
- Built-in speaker means you can enjoy your movie or music with others
- 4 presets buttons that shortcut to your favorite TV show, movie or song
- Works with popular formats like WMV, WMA, MP3, JPG
Below a photo, Steve sent me in advance. ;-)
But why a PMC and not the iPod (I used so far for digital music) or a Pocket PC (I haven't used much for digital media so far)? I'm amazed of the device concept for several reasons:
- Full digital media experience from photos to music to video
- Seamless synchronization of supported digital media files through Windows Media Player 10
- Huge storage capacity (20 GB which is less than my iPod but should fit anyway)
- TV out and built-in speaker to share photos, music and videos with others
I don't expect, the PMC will replace my iPod for carrying music, like when I walk to work in the morning but I expect I will use it as the mobile multimedia center while traveling like listening your favorite music in the bathroom in the morning or watching one of the transferred DVDs in the evening.
As soon as I've received it and played with it for a couple of days, I will share my experiences with you here. So far, all I can do is awaiting the delivery and giving kudos to Steve that he helped me to order one!
Cheers ~ Arne