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Creative ZiiO 7" Entertainment Tablet 16GB with Android 2.2
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212 of 214 found the following review helpful:
Not Perfect, But Really Good.Dec 27, 2010
By Friggin' Mary Poppins
I've been playing around with the Zii O for a couple of days by now. It's not a perfect device, but it's really good for the amount i paid.
First up - I've been looking for a tablet to watch my movies without bringing my Macbook along. I'm a real TV/Movie buff, and i have tonnes to catch up on. That's a huge reason why i didn't want to get the iPad; It's expensive, required tiresome video conversion, and i thought it was too heavy after playing with it in the stores.
- Supported movie formats are more than what i need: Most of mine are in the usual .avi formats, and i used to spend about 6 minutes on each episode using Mac's iSquint to convert them into accepted .mp4 formats. With this tablet, all i need to do is to just drag and drop it. Everything just works and plays great.
- MicroSD Card Slot: I have a 32GB MicroSD to go along with the 8GB Zii O. It's really convenient because 32GB can hold alot of videos and music, and the tablet allows direct playback from the microSD. You don't need to copy it to the on-board memory in order for it to work.
- Apps: Here's a key point - You'll need to go into Settings > Apps to allow installation for non-Android Market Applications. It wasn't enabled by default. Once you enable this, just google around for Android installation files (.apk) and you'll be able to install stuff smoothly. So far, i've installed Evernote and Kindle; Everything syncs and works perfectly.
Some of you may have concerns about there not being support for the Android Marketplace. It wasn't that big of a deal for me because a friend pointed me to getjar.com, and there was a whole lot of .apk files to download. Just use the Zii O browser to access the site, download, and they'll prompt you for installation. No need to use your computer at all. (If getjar prompts you to select your device, just select any mobile device. It'll work fine.)
- This may be controversial, but i like the resistive screen. It's not fancy like those capacitive touch, but it works with my gloves on, and even better with the provided stylus, so i'm happy about it.
- Other stuff i like: Audio quality is really good. HDMI TV-Out to my 42-inch screen works, though the video looks a little pixelated, something to blame on my original source file.
Things Which Can Be Improved:
- No Android Marketplace integration. (A small issue, but solvable through my above-mentioned point)
- A little stingy on the package contents; I appreciate the stylus, but would have been nice to include a pair of earphones, or even the TV Out cable.
- There are 4 touch-buttons at the bottom for easy access to "Home", "Back" etc buttons. They should be backlit so that i can see more clearly in the dark.
I hope i've provided everyone with an objective pro/cons list. Personally, i like it, and i think it's great for anyone who's looking for a low-cost tablet which just works.
51 of 55 found the following review helpful:
I like it !Dec 28, 2010
I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife but, while it was in transit, she told me she wanted a kindle instead! I intended to send it back to Creative but I opened it up and have been playing with it for the past few days. It's great. The browsing experience is excellent, I just sit on my sofa and browse away. There's a pile of apps available, more than I could ever use. I love the BBC, Time and NY Times apps so far. The resistive touch screen is absolutely fine, very responsive...I don't see what all the fuss is about. The buttons on the bottom should be backlit, especially as I change orientation of the screen I tend to lose track of those buttons. The ebook reader is nice but I can't read text too long on backlit screens (I have a kindle for that). All in all, very nice.
22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Great if you are a techie...here is some help for those who are notMar 03, 2011
By Ashley D
Go to ANDROID PIT website on your Ziio browser-download the Marketplace app. Free to sign up for it and have tons(thousands) of free apps too-all in apk files. The marketplace allows you to download seamlessly. Download the Dolphin Browser-it makes the browsing a hundred times faster and never stutters unlike the built in browser. I think you may also be able to get that browser through the Ziio marketplace too but that is a pain to use and sign up for. 90% of apps work that are free in Android PIT-some do not. That is not a Ziio prob. Any Android tablet that is not recognized as a phone/has a data plan via Android Google Marketplace has this problem. That is also why no weather apps ever work on the Ziio, since these seem to require a data plan of some kind. Anyway, any Android device that is not officially recognized by Google as an official Android device will have these problems. If you buy an app that does not work and remove it from your device within a few minutes you get a refund immediately-but make sure you keep internet connectivity on. I still have not figured out how long you have to try before it won't give a refund-though I could look it up. The other marketplace is [...]-in the Android section of course-that is the marketplace which Ziio uses in its marketplace, but i would download directly: you click on the download link for any app and then a page comes up with(supposedly) the download, but it doesn't, so you have to click on the link that says if the download has not begun, click here. Then everything is straightforward. I think either the Kindle or the Nook apps are in one of these sites but i got mine from [...] will find that in some cases the app will fail to download. Try 2 or three times-always until a successful download occurs. Half of all my apps(i have 30) had this problem but now work perfectly. The weather apps-never-and can make your device unstable. I learned the hard way. The Kindle and Nook apps work great, as does BBC. Time, World Newspapers, US Newspapers. I will post a full list one of these days. That's all i have time for now. I hope this helps some of you.
You MAY possibly find that if your Ziio becomes slow and unresponsive that you need to do a factory reset(big clue is that the device will not recognize the official charger and will not charge-luckily I had another charger from another device that worked-odd really. But a factory reset would probably have solved that problem but not if you do not have enough power left or a second charger). I had installed a dozen apps and that was the case. I advise all users to fully charge the device out of the box. Do a factory reset and then follow the steps above. My device now works better than the iPad i sold last year. No crappy iTunes and hundreds of useless apps to drain my device and it is very comfortable and light in my hands. Easy to download almost any kind of music/video file that is non apple purchased. So rip your own dvds/cds and have at it.
This is not a device for non techies. I write reviews and test these kind of products almost every week. One of these days there will be an android device that IS recognized by the Google Marketplace, without being a phone/requiring a data plan, that does not cost a fortune. Until that day, for me anyway, the Ziio is the best alternative, but needs a lot of customizing. For web browsing and Kindle/Nook replacement alone is worth the price-heck, you get a backlit Kindle device!! LOL. If anyone has any problems, please make a post here- I will check back on a daily basis.
20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Great budget buy and works like it should.Jan 04, 2011
I decided to get myself a new gadget this Christmas. But having a budget in mind, I couldn't afford the Ipad, so Creative ziio it is. It seemed to be a good choice as it's relatively affordable and suits my budget.
What I like/enjoy:
1. Sound quality: The speakers are loud - useful when sharing music or videos with my friends. Sometimes I just play music directly from it while I'm home. I like it :)
2. Lightweight: Given that we girls don't really enjoy carrying too much bulk around, this fits nicely into my handbag, even with the leather case on. And it's not heavy at all. Feels just like a book in my hand.
3. Screen: I am not sure if the touchscreen seems to be a trouble, but it doesn't cause me much hassle. My boyfriend owns an Ipad and I notice the differences in the touch experience. With ziio though, I find that the screen responds quickly to the provided stylus. Sometimes I even use my fingernails, which works as well - something which i cannot do on the Ipad. The screen is also really bright and all i have to do is to drag the videos into the ziio folder and viola it plays!
4. Store for apps: It has a store that recommends apps, which I can browse, download and install. It's quite easy to use :)
What I dislike:
1. Front camera - I feel that the front camera could be better, because the current quality is average.
2. No 3G - May not be convenient while commuting. I heard there are some ways to hook up your handphone's 3G to the ziio but i have yet to try that out. I hope Creative will improve on this.
Just my 2-cents, hope that helps!
25 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Good Media Player; Bad TabletAug 29, 2011
Creative's Ziio is definitely one of the more affordable tablets now on the market. Depending on what you're looking for in a tablet, this may (or may not) be the right one for you.
It does a fantastic (10/10) job at playing a huge variety of media file formats without a hitch. It plays divx, xvid, mkv (some mkv files play without sound, unfortunately), and more. It even supports video formats that my wife's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" is unable to play. Also, does great with mp3 and other sound files. So, if you're looking for a straight up media player, and nothing more, this is the gadget for you. It also has a mini hdmi-out jack (no cable included), for viewing your media files on TV.
However, it doesn't excel at anything else. Not being able to download apps from the app store is, of course, a huge drawback. In addition, the browser is pretty awful because it lacks its own "BACK" button. Often, when you hit the permanent back arrow below the screen, it will minimize the browser instead of taking you back to the last page viewed. It's absolutely necessary to install another browser, especially if you want to view pages like facebook, which is basically unviewable from the built-in browser. Also, for some reason, you cannot view youtube in full screen mode -- I can't figure that one out.
The speed of the device isn't great, either. There tends to be a (very slight) lag when you switch from one application to another. Many apps don't work on the device because of the lack of system resources or other compatibility issues. It is also absolutely essential to install adobe flash -- which is hard to do when you can't download it from an app store (and for some reason, it will not install from adobe's website!). One final nitpick, if you want to use your own headphone/mic combo cord, no dice -- you can only use the built-in mic.
The way I see it, this is a solid media player that also lets you surf the internet (although it doesn't do a great job of it).
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