What is the Creative ZEN Touch 2 (GPS)?
The ZEN Touch 2 connects easily via bluetooth with other audio products such as Creative's wireless speakers like ZiiSound D5 and the wireless Creative WP-300 headphones. Together they form the pure wireless entertainment ecosystem.
I will be showing you lots of photos and videos to proof our point.
Lets take a quick peek at its technical specifications:
|Display:||262k color TFT, Resistive Touch|
|Screen Resolution:||480 x 320 pixels|
|Dimension:||120 x 60 x 13mm|
|Operating System||Android 2.2|
|Bluetooth Version:||Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|Wireless Network:||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|Video Out:||Yes (Composite)|
|Camera:||Rear Camera (2MP fixed focus)|
|Built-in Microphone:||Yes (Mono)|
|Built-in Speaker:||Yes (Mono)|
|Memory Expansion:||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Audio Support:||MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, ADPCM, MIDI, WAV, Audible Format|
|Video Support:||H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, AVI|
|Photo Support:||JPG, BMP, PNG|
|Connectors:||mini USB, 3.5mm stereo jack, Composite TV-out (integrated with 3.5mm stereo jack)|
* Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack 2)/XP 64-bit, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®
* USB port
* 1 x Creative ZEN Touch 2 (with GPS)
* 1 x Creative EP-630 Earphones (in-ear)
* 1 x USB cable
* 1 x Quick Start Leaflet
There's not many accessories at the moment, but you can get some of them from Creative.
Design / Build Quality
As a resistive touch screen, we can hear many reviewers giving the thumbs down. But its not that bad, once you get the hang of it. Its pretty ok and I can surf the internet or play angry birds with no problem.
I think you will be perfectly fine using your fingers to do the navigation on the touch screen.
There's also no Android Marketplace to download Android apps directly. But you don't really need Android Marketplace. Just go to 3rd party website such as www.freewarelovers.com and download all the .apk files into your ZEN Touch 2.
The unit that I have is already in Android 2.2 froyo version. Earlier, it was in Android 2.1 and Creative does make an effort to update their Android firmware.
When connected to your PC or laptop, you will be prompt to 'mount' your ZEN Touch 2, select this option and your windows will pop out a message to let you view the files in the ZEN Touch 2. Choose the folder you want and start transferring your media by dragging and dropping them.
Wireless (WIFI, bluebooth)
The bluetooth allows you to connect to any of Creative wireless speakers so that you can play your music audio on those speakers.
Although battery life is not mentioned on the specifications, based on my experience, it can only last 4 hours after it is fully charge. It seems like the battery run out very fast and I have to charge it everyday. I also found that if you left it on standby mode, it will also consume such % off your battery.
The Creative ZEN Touch 2 comes with android apps call the 'Pure Android Audio'. Its not adjustable but I tried using it with the ep-630 earphone and the sound is perfect! You can really hear the highs and lows of your music. When I was listening to Beyonce's Halo, I would almost swear that she was just singing it beside me :)
Creative ZEN Touch 2 is unique and there's no other Android tablet quite like it. The Pure Android Andio feature works pretty well.
The large screen 3.2-inch LCD is certainly clear and colourful enough to do justice to video and photo content, and to enjoy feature-length clips on the move.
File support is also very good here and the ZEN Touch 2 is able to handle a range of conventional formats as well as less common FLAC and AAC audio. Yes, it is supporting the OGG audio too :)
The bottom line is the ZEN Touch 2 is unique and has better audio quality. I like it, especially the audio and touch screen, I can still recommend the ZEN Touch 2, it’s really value for money.
You can get the lowest priced Creative ZEN Touch 2 direct from Creative Labs and it comes with FREE shipping!
ZEN Touch 2 16GB (Black)
ZEN Touch 2 with GPS 8GB
ZEN Touch 2 8GB (Black)
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