Creative Announces the Zen Stone Plus
Thought the Zen Stone
was Creative's answer to the iPod Shuffle? Yeah so did I, until I learned about their updated model: the Zen Stone Plus. This is the true competitor to the Shuffle. It is nearly the same size as the Stone but it has a screen, double the memory, and a lot more features:
- Capacity: 2GB
- Display: Blue OLED (64 x 64)
- Audio: MP3, WMA, and Audible
- FM Tuner
- Voice Recorder
- EQ Presets
- UMS/MSC compliant
- Battery Life: 9.5 hours
- Dimensions: 55.6 x 35.4 x 12.8 mm (21g)
Announced just a month and half after the Zen Stone, I have to wonder why Creative didn't just come out with this model instead. The Stone Plus will come in the same colors as the original, including black, white, green, blue, red, and pink. One noticeable downside is the battery life, which is just 9.5 hours.The Zen Stone Plus will retail for $99 Singapore Dollars, or just $64US.
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| Wednesday, June 20 (2007) 03:50PM | Posted by: ssjmichael
Jun 20 (2007) 04:00PM
wow damn i just bought a zen nano plus....nooooooooooooooooo
Jun 20 (2007) 04:03PM
This is going to make a lot of people really mad...
Jun 20 (2007) 04:13PM
I guess checking off that 2GB option really works!
Jun 20 (2007) 04:17PM
hm ,its not really what i expected, but its just fine. it has a screen and a mic. and fm. thats rpetty good. but hows the price?
Jun 20 (2007) 04:21PM
mic you forgot to mention it has a Stopwatch too.
Jun 20 (2007) 04:27PM
Wow! Great feature set on a tiny player. Definitely kills the Shuffle. Even has an FM tuner ... pretty cool
Jun 20 (2007) 04:45PM
I think I just heard a noise.......it was the sound of everyone who bought a Stone rushing back to the store to return it. Why didn't they just release this one first, doesn't make any sense to me. It's ok looking but I'm still not interested
Jun 20 (2007) 04:49PM
Is anyone besides me bothered by the fact that the orientation of this player is landscape and not portrait? Seems it would be awkward in landscape to read the screen and work the controls.
Jun 20 (2007) 05:02PM
Jun 20 (2007) 05:04PM
IDK, Pam think that possibly, 79 bucks right around the Shuffles price.
Jun 20 (2007) 05:15PM
Wow, they just made their Press Release and the pricing is 99 Singapore dollars, or around $64US! It's still cheaper than the Shuffle even though it has twice the memory, and a display and a lot more features. Sweet.
Jun 20 (2007) 05:17PM
Wow! Nice price!
Just about makes it a "must buy."
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Jun 20 (2007) 05:17PM
holy crap!!! thats freakin cheap!!!! and wow, it even has a clock!
Jun 20 (2007) 05:21PM
It think it'll come down to 59.99 once it's released here.
I decided to still write up something just for the Zen Stone. I've been so busy with running this site and DAPreview that I haven't had time to work on reviews. I'm really rusty so the Stone review should give me some room to get things worked out before the Stone Plus version
Jun 20 (2007) 05:23PM
Their press release says black, white and pink to be released first on 6/22/2007. I was still waiting for the regular pink Zen Stone, which is still backordered/out of stock ... LOL
Jun 20 (2007) 05:32PM
Wow, $59 is a great price! I was seriously thinking about buying the Zen Stone but this looks a lot better. This should sell very well.
Jun 20 (2007) 05:37PM
One thing I don't get is why it weighs less
than the Stone.
Zen Stone: 25 grams
Zen Stone Plus: 21 grams
Jun 20 (2007) 05:53PM
... that being just a hair bigger and having an FM tuner in it.
Now, also the question is will there be a 4GB version? Considering there is a box check off for one on the Zen Stone motherboard.
[ edited Jun 20 (2007) 05:54PM ]
Jun 20 (2007) 05:57PM
Yeah, it's bigger and has more stuff inside. So shouldn't it weigh more not less?
Jun 20 (2007) 05:57PM
Eww ... the pink is like magenta for the Stone Plus
I like the red and perhaps the white, though.
MICHAEL: You'd think so! But this is Creative we're talking about here ... LOL
[ edited Jun 20 (2007) 05:58PM ]
Jun 20 (2007) 06:01PM
hmmm, maybe they used a lighter plastic, battery and board? idk. odd. lol.
the Red, white, and black ones look absolutely gorgeous, the black one especially with the blue oled.
Jun 20 (2007) 06:09PM
I have to admit that its going to knock out the shuffle, but it would make a lot of zen fans who bought the stone sad.. why didnt they just brng out this model... Why the stone in the first place. Now the sale of Creative Stone is doubtful. Then why did they invest in all the R&D, Production/manufacturing and Marketting of the Stone.. But anyways I'm atleast happy that creative came out with such a small player packed with so many features wven with a screen and for this cheap...
Jun 20 (2007) 06:11PM
Small enough to hold a music, FM and stopwatch..get to wear it like a watch. all for $69. No complaint from my end. [Linky]
Jun 20 (2007) 06:20PM
I need something to listen to at the gym and I just found it!! Now I just need to save up money and wait for it to hit the shelves.
Jun 20 (2007) 06:26PM
Nice! I feel like a putz buying the stone now!
I honestly can't believe the price though. We will see.
I still love my stone. Screens are for bitches.
Ok, now, all though whiners who said the stone was crap because it had no screen are going to rush out and buy one right? RIGHT?!?!?!?!
Jun 20 (2007) 06:38PM
I've just uploaded their new commercial for the ZSP. Check it out in the extended newspost: [Linky]
Jun 20 (2007) 06:43PM
I LOVE the red one
Jun 20 (2007) 06:52PM
yeah, its hot, would it of costed more to add a oled that goes with the color of its case? like pink oled with pink Stone, and Green oled with green stone? it would of looked really hot.
Jun 20 (2007) 06:52PM
This player has a clock too, just saw it over at creative's press release for the zen stone plus. This player may be a great companion for those who want the stone but hesitate to buy it due to the lack of screen. This player is offering more features for those who are willing to pay more for some extra features
Jun 20 (2007) 06:54PM
That's a really cool idea kicken.I would've liked to see that.
Jun 20 (2007) 07:02PM
I think creative does a future with this -- simply amazing -- the size -- price -- features -- simply wow!
Jun 20 (2007) 07:11PM
will this have like a joystick in the middle like the zvp or will there not really be an interface like that?
Jun 20 (2007) 07:27PM
It's a D-Pad like the Zen Stone. It moves in four directions and has a button in the middle. Basically it's just like a joystick.
Jun 20 (2007) 07:30PM
no, i think it uses the volume/fast forward buttons for navigation.
Jun 20 (2007) 07:32PM
I wanna see the wrist band
|The Big M
Jun 20 (2007) 07:32PM
Aww I just saw it on crave mike beat me to it. BTW, what happened to the line-in recording feature that the Zen Nano has?
[ edited Jun 20 (2007) 07:40PM ]
Jun 20 (2007) 08:09PM
I'm with Pam on this.. not liking the landscape mode orientation...
I'm all for the lcd screen in principle, but it really does ruin the simple, clean design that the screen-less stone has going for it..
Some people are just never satisfied....
Jun 20 (2007) 08:13PM
I've been waiting awhile for the blue stone to come out. Now it looks as though my wait will continue even longer as I await the blue stone plus- sigh.
Anyway, I like the added features especially the boost in memory and the FM tuner. Still think they should add a clip to the back though.
Jun 20 (2007) 08:26PM
Im torn...very, very torn. My first reaction was to take my stone back to WalMart, but its not full, so why bother with a bigger one?
Besides, the whole point of these bitty screenless players was for the simplicity of it. When you were out on your morning run, you wouldnt be distracted by whatever was on the screen. Hit the button and go. You want something more complicated? Get a ZVM.
Jun 20 (2007) 08:31PM
Cool idea, KC, with the matching OLED screen colors.
That would've been neat.
I think Creative also needs to bring over to the US those EP635's (the lanyard-type EP630s) for these Zen Stones.
Jun 20 (2007) 09:12PM
I AM SO GETTING ONE OF THESE! PROBABLY IN RED OR BLUE! THANKS FOR THE GOOD NEWS!
Jun 20 (2007) 09:17PM
This is exactly why I always wait to buy things. I really want one even though I don't need one. The ads for this player are pretty stylish too.
Jun 21 (2007) 12:20AM
Wow, I was waiting for Fry's to get the stone in colors. Thank god they hadn't gotten them yet. Definitely getting one of these.
Jun 21 (2007) 12:59AM
stone $39US = $45AU - yet its $89AU
stone plus $64US = $75AU - ???
why must Australians pay so much more??
they really should have released this with the stone
to confirm: its exactly the same size as the normal stone?
[ edited Jun 21 (2007) 01:00AM ]
Jun 21 (2007) 01:18AM
Creative should also be given credit for introducing ZSP accessories in a timely fashion, as there are at least 5 cases/skins and a TravelSound 'boombox'. Me thinks the 'boombox', which also works withe the regular Stone, will be a very hot seller, if ALSO reasonably priced.
AND - the ad implies that you can Play and Record simultaneously. Interesting. For the karaoke crowd.
Jun 21 (2007) 01:57AM
scomooret when the stone+ comes to australia its goin to be around $110AU my guess. around the price of the shuffle, which for a 2gb is competitive.
btw yeah the best creative fansite...cos of the best editor
[ edited Jun 21 (2007) 02:06AM ]
Jun 21 (2007) 03:38AM
I like this design over the original stone (a small step in the right direction). Still, they'll need to compete on price with the likes of sandisk which can do jpgs on their units in similar price point and can swap a "AAA" size battery. I still don't understand why they couldn't get at LEAST 20 hours out of the battery with lithium ion in this form factor. They're not even doing jpg video, just oled.
Jun 21 (2007) 06:48AM
They need to add the stopwatch to the ZVM. That's something the iPod has, that the ZVM doesn't
Jun 21 (2007) 06:50AM
looks good..good price and features...(FM)
do you see that shuffle ? A screen...!!! take that.
Jun 21 (2007) 07:07AM
one of the reasons why people buy the LCD-less Stone & Shuffle is that they like a simple hassle-free player for jogging & workouts that just plays music. They don't need a screen, because when they use the player they will hardly be looking at the screen...
now that the Stone + has come out - with screen - the standard Stone's use won't diminish much, anymore than the Stone's or Shuffle's use diminished while the Zen Nano Plus, Cowon U3, iriver Clix, and Sandisk Sansa was available.
The Stone + looks to replace the Zen Nano Plus IMO, offering the same capacities and features with a better (more up-to-date) GUI, and for a even better price, while conforming to the latest "Zen" styling that you see with the Zen Vision:M and Zen V Plus. It looks like Creative is trying to do one thing we all have been suggesting: make their players conform to a more familial styling, instead of just throwing out various shapes and sizes that don't seem to relate to one another.
Any time a new portable flash DAP is introduced to the market, the slices of the "pie" get smaller for everyone. But the reasons why a person would buy a LCD-less DAP will still be there, so the original Stone will still sell.....
[ edited Jun 21 (2007) 07:10AM ]
Jun 21 (2007) 07:46AM
To answer the question about why Australia is more expensive, I have a theory. Even though it's closer to Asia, where the products are made, I think it's merely a numbers game. The population of Australia is roughly 20 million people or, give or take a few million. There's almost twice that number in California alone. When you're able to ship more goods, the cost of shipping them is able to be distributed out and it doesn't have to effect the cost as much. Just wanted to offer my opinion on why it's more expensive
Jun 21 (2007) 09:01AM
I love all of the features that Creative included, I just wish they made it with larger capacities. Great price as well!
Jun 21 (2007) 10:45AM
The more I read about it, the more I like it. Perfect throw-around/workout DAP ... the price is amazing. I must have one but I'll probably have to wait for the color I want (red). I may settle for white ... LOL
Jun 21 (2007) 12:04PM
Is Creative going to "kick the bucket" soon? I don't think so.
Jun 21 (2007) 12:29PM
Obviously if they are still releasing new product, I don't think so ... LOL
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Jun 21 (2007) 01:10PM
I can't wait 'till the end of the year. They did such a great job on this product, I can't wait to see what they release as the ZV:M successor.
Jun 21 (2007) 02:59PM
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Jun 22 (2007) 06:21AM
Those girls in the advert are sexy
Jun 22 (2007) 11:10AM
$69.99 on amazon.com preorder.
[ edited Jun 22 (2007) 11:11AM ]
Jun 24 (2007) 04:28PM
*Sighs.* I bought a Stone 6 days ago...
I love the +, but I love my Stone too, and I don't feel like returning it to Wal-Mart. So I`m keeping it. I`ll buy a + later ;P
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