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Creative MuVo Vidz (1GB)6. Creative MuVo Vidz (1GB)
The good: Decent audio; fuss-free video conversion; fast transfer speed.
The bad: Tiny screen; below-average battery life.
The bottom line: It's a decent enough video player, given its size, but for serious mobile movie buffs, the Creative MuVo Vidz is just not worth the popcorn.
Creative Zen Neeon (5GB)7. Creative Zen Neeon (5GB)
Price range: $140-203
The good: Decent choice of Stik-On designs; low price for a 5GB player; small form factor.
The bad: Indifferent hardware controls and menu interface.
The bottom line: It has solid value for a 5GB capacity device and will definitely stand in good stead for users looking for a customizable, all-round MP3 player.
Samsung YP-Z5 (4GB)8. Samsung YP-Z5 (4GB)
Price range: $214-279
The good: Outputs clean and punchy sound; relatively large, bright color screen; well-designed menus; solid aluminum chassis; exceptional battery life; ability to simultaneously view photos and listen to music.
The bad: Touch pad can be difficult to deal with; lacks FM tuner and on-the-go playlists.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a tiny, well-built color-screen MP3 player with excellent sound, the Samsung YP-Z5 is a great choice. Just make sure you're comfortable with the touch-pad controller before you buy.