Bought one of these as I cannot stand ipods. Having seen many die on many different people that I know, I thought I'd go for substance over style. I'm glad I did.
The main plus for me is that I can sync it all using Windows Media Player - no need for itunes trying to sell you stuff the whole time. The software supplied seemed like a bit too much work so I abandoned that and went straight to MP - easy.
The player looks pretty good too. Its not as slim as the ipod, and the white back case still hasn't grown on me, but the front touch pad and buttons look a lot better than that stupid wheel thing. I don't spend much time looking at this though, but listening to the music and for that its fine.
My only niggles are the lack of anything good with it. For an electrical device not to come with a mains charger is a bit pathetic to me, but this seems to be the norm now for this kind of player and my PSP charger seems to do the job. The case and headphones that come with the player are worse than useless - well worth investing in some of them. And because that is the kind of sad person that I am, I made sure I didn't getting anything Creative and so did not play into their hands on that little number...oh how I need a life.
Pictures look good on it, couldn't really comment on video as I only have music on mine. I'm probably the most old fashioned 17 year old going - its a music player, why do you need to watch videos on the tiny screen??
All in all a fantastic player even if Creative are trying to take your money at every step - but I'd rather give it to them than Apple and promote a little bit of variety in the market!