As I said before, yesterday wasn't that bad at all, beside I met the police the whole day. Because I received two packages: one from Microsoft which was my MVP pack and one from my fellow MVP Steven (I love it if FedEx shipps faster than expected, at least I received it two days earlier than estimated).
While I knew what Steven's package should contain - the "Creative Zen Portable Media Center Edition", for my surprise the MVP package also contained a mobile media gadget, a "Creative MuVo TX" MP3 player.
Holy cow - how many portable media players does a single geek needs? ;-)
Unfortunately I hadn't that much time yesterday to play with the Zen PMC and all I did so far was synchronizing my photos and music files (I've already arranged before when I bought my Apple iPod) and I had to update my system to Windows Media 10.
But even of I played a couple of hours with the PMC only, I found some glitches or my expectation is a different one at all but also found some nice things I hoped to see and it works as expected? Well, give me some time to explore the PMC concept better before I can judge.
Anyway - now I have the choice between three different media players with different strength and weaknesses:
From let: the Creative MuVo USB player with 128 MB, the Apple iPod with 40 GB which works as a HDD also and the Creative Zen with 20 GB which plays videos and photos as well.
One thing is clear - while the MuVo is highly mobile and the iPod is still mobile, the Zen is portable (without voting for anything yet) but it also gives you a good impression which device I've used this morning to listen my music while walking into the office.
Anyway, it's amazing what the Windows CE platform became now. What started with the Pocket PC in 2000 and was followed by the Smartphone in 2002 is the Portable Media Center now as well - all three device classes are based on the same Windows CE core and Windows Mobile platform.
From left: the Motorola MPx220 Smartphone, the O2 Xda III Pocket PC Phone Edition and the Creative Zen PMC.
Okay, time to convert some DVDs now to see how this is going to work as well as I have to record some TV shows.
Cheers ~ Arne