First Impressions

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The simple plastic wrapping featured the Zen Touch prominently, with the charger, guide, CD, etc tucked in a box underneath. Unfortunately, the packaging wasn’t overly impressive. It lacked the “wow” factor of the iPod’s packaging or even Aigo’s packaging.

In addition to the universal power adapter, Quick Start guide and Installation CD, Creative has also included a pair of stereo Neodymium earphones, a black protective case and a USB 2.0 cable to transfer music to and fro the computer.

Appeal

The Zen Touch is a major departure from the Zen series for Creative, not only in terms of the product specifications, but also the design.

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From Creative’s website, the rest of the Zen series –

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This time, the design of the Zen Touch looks suspiciously similar to Apple’s iPod! Both have the same shape, relatively similar screen size and position, and white anodised aluminium finish. At first glance, the only noticeable differences were the buttons and the silver edges of the Zen Touch.

While general opinion is that the iPod is a tad more gorgeous, that shouldn’t take any credit away from Creative’s designers. On its own, the Zen Touch is not only good-looking, but also light (203g) and comfortable in the hand.

While using the Zen Touch, it did invite more than a few envious glances from my friends and fellow public transport passengers!