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CNET names Creative Zen Vision: M ‘Best in Show,’ ‘iPod Killer’

In announcing its “Best of CES 2006” award winners, CNET has named Creative’s Zen Vision: M “Best in Show,” its top pick of all of the products shown at the annual consumer electronics convention. Citing the device’s “brighter screen, better battery life, and more features” than the iPod, CNET’s editors suggested that the device was an “iPod killer,” praising its support for multiple video formats and “winning design.”

In a video interview with CNN’s Renay San Miguel, CNET editor Brian Cooley was challenged on the choice of a device so similar to the fifth-generation iPod for an award based in part on innovation. Cooley defended the tech site’s choice of the “little more hefty” Vision: M, saying that “sometimes slimmer and more svelte is not always good for your hand,” and said that CNET’s editors preferred the Vision to the iPod on feel. CNET readers picked Pioneer’s Inno, a truly portable XM Satellite radio receiver and recorder, as the show’s best new product.

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Cnet Asia rated the Creative Vision:M 8.2.

They rated the 5G iPod 8.3.


Posted by Ichigo on January 10, 2006 at 9:27 PM (CST)


I used to like CNET. But like someone else said: Someone must have been paid off. No one in their right mind prefers any portable music player over an iPod. The only personal “music” player that even comes close to the iPod is the Sirius S50, and those are the FACTS.

Posted by Jack on January 13, 2006 at 11:02 PM (CST)


Topics like this are ideal to filter the idiots from the more thoughtful / respectable people. Fanboyish whining, whether it be the Apple iPod gay rainbow community or the anti-Apple movement. I am a 4G iPod owner and I never considered buying it because of the image or looks.

This Zen design is obviously very heavily influenced by the clean iPod design. I am very sure that the new Zen is a very good player, but nothing revolutionary. To me it doesn’t make sense why this player would get that prize, and the 5G didn’t. It doesn’t really matter though, because it depends on your preferences which one you buy. If features and compatibility are important to you, buy the Zen… if you like more space in your pockets, go for the iPod.

Posted by wjvs on January 14, 2006 at 10:34 PM (CST)


lets do the math.
I have over 3000 songs on my vision:m.  3/4s of that is from “Napster to Go” for 15 bucks /month. (i only had about 100 cds)I have had my player for less than 2 weeks.

If you have an iPod and you have 3000 songs then you spent right at 3000 bucks.  That seems to be alot of money going to music or Steve Jobs.
I bought my daughter a30 gb iPOD and now,even though she likes the looks of the iPod, she wishes she had the Zen. She just can’t afford to spend 1000’s of dollars on music at this time in her life.

They are BOTH excellent products!

Posted by Btwj on January 26, 2006 at 12:34 PM (CST)


i’m amazed at how as soon as a product comes out that compares to the ipod all these fanboys go into defense mode, like a snake backed into a corner.  Just llok at the vision: m’s specs.  most are way better.

how can you say that the vision: m copied off ipod?  it came out barely after the Video, how could Creative have come up with a new player that quickly?  Plus, the vision: m is based off of creative’s zen micros, which have been around a long time.  If anything, apple copied off of creative- creative introduced the hierarchial interface, and was first to even introduce hard drive players.

Posted by wow... on February 9, 2006 at 5:28 PM (CST)


oh yea, plus stop breakin on cnet.  they gave both the ipod and the vision: m 8/10

Posted by wow... on February 9, 2006 at 5:30 PM (CST)


I love the way Apple are stepping up the crappy funky tv adverts right about now in the UK- just as the Vision M is coming into retail stores on the high street. Just shows that they see the Vision M as a REAL threat don’t you think? ;-) I bought a Vision M about a week ago and having owned a 5G for a month and putting up with its pathetic tinny sound i’m now a complete convert to Creative.

Posted by Steve on February 28, 2006 at 6:35 PM (CST)


i dont understand why people argue so much.

if you like the machine use it, if the features or the look aren’t to your liking then don’t use it…why is that so hard to understand?

this is like arguing about politics, you can’t change a person’s mind by talking and bashing and flaming.

arguing on the internet is like the special olympics, even if you win you’re still retarded.

about itunes…i usually just download my music and videos off direct links or my friends give them to me. why do you people spend money on that?

Posted by dude124142 on March 26, 2006 at 4:27 PM (CST)

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