Well, to start the delivery and price from play is awesome. Check the creative site and others to see...
The player itself is sooooo good, in my opinion unrivaled across the board by any other mp3 play (or ipoo). Basically, its tiny, I mean the picture and info makes it sound small but its tiny, and not too tiny, just any smaller would be wierd; its perfect. The battery life is excellent, the size and weight is insane for a player of such capacity, yet it doesn't feel so small and light that its fragile (like the ipoo nano, that brakes with every drop!). The volume is also very very good as it can get very loud! The buttons may seem unsettling as it is a d-pad but its all about there menu's, because of the actual software on the palyer they are perfect, plus, you can actually STOP the music rather than leaving it paused...like other players. Then the screen, excellent again, beautiful colours and definition, even watching videos is sweeeet!
The sound quality, albeit with a better pair of headphones than come in the box (sony or sennheiser in ear recommended) is excellent, but that also depends on your own music compression and file type. I currently have wma 128kbps songs and its excellent. Plus the fact that there is a graphic equalizer and something like 10 preset eq variants (jazz, pop etc).
The menu's are great and the whole interface of the player is customizable! You can always delete anything from the player itself, there is no immediate auto syncs etc, basically great.
Now the software provided is excellent; you get a choice of simple drag n drop, creative's own sync wizard, windows media player or even itunes if you're an idiot, kidding, but seriously! Drag n drop is my preferred transfer method as you have such control over the player.
Now my only let down is the playlists option on the player itself, so far, as I may not quite have clocked it yet, but you can;t really create a playlist and then add any old tune on the player itself, you have to do it all on your pc beforehand, but thats minor i feel and not worth losing a star off my rating.
This player is unrivaled, the fact that it also has a memory card slot, a microphone for voice recording, excellent battery life, great sound, screen, software, menus etc and a radio too makes it unrivaled!
At the end of the day if your looking around for a new player or just browsing, look no further, this is the one! I have spent the past 5 years watching mp3 players (and ipoos) grow, having used and played around with so many of them trust me... This is the best so far.