I've never been too fond of Apple and iPod brands. I never liked the trend of buying iStuff, every idiot and his friends in my school has got an iPod and I, myself, even though I recognize its quality on its own, think there are way better mp3 players around the market that really deserve to be bought just because they are good, not because they are trendy. Those players are Sony and Creative players, from my past experience I've been using a Sony mp3 player and it was really awesome, the battery lasted for MONTHS (yeah, unbelievably, everyday I have a 1 hour trip to school and it still lasted for 1 month). At the end though, a couple of months ago, my Sony mp3 player (1GB memory) died because it was old (4 years already) and since yesterday was my 19th birthday, my sister gave me a new mp3 player as a gift. At first I was a little doubtful. It's a Creative Zen Mp3 player with a nice shape (not small, but not too big either) and a nice and bright screen, it can play almost any type of music and videos (coded in the right screen-size of course) and it can display pictures as well. It's got an expandable memory through SD card (no micro SD though D: ) and it's got native 2GB memory (it can come with bigger disks though, like 4,8 and 16 gb). As I said, I was doubtful because I never liked those little thing that can do "everything" -yes, I'm looking at you PSP/iPhone/Portable-DVD-players-. Mostly because those things usually are of mediocre quality, while being able to do anything, they can't excel at something. However, after putting some videos and music on my new mp3 player I was forced to change my mind. The video quality is really stunning. It's bright, colorful and even though it's got a small resolution it's compressed and coded really well, you can basically see everything. I tried putting in a couple of episodes of Elfen Lied (an anime series) and I can see them almost better than on the PC, only with a smaller screen. As I said the colors are perfect and bright, the sound quality is perfect (mp3 player, duh) and the synchronization is how it should be, no delay or lag. I do really feel like I'll be using the video capability on my long bus rides to school, it's very well worth it! That's why I thought it was worth mentioning something in here, to all those people who may want to try something different than the iBrands, to everyone who thinks the iPhone is God on Earth, or just to anybody who gives a fuck about this post... Also, to anyone who's got the same mp3 player as I do, do you have any tips, any suggestion or just any opinions on it? Are there some hidden tricks to customize it even more? Do you know how I can change my background image beside those 6 default ones? tl;dr: The Zen Creative Mp3 player is just awesome. Share your opinions!