I don't see why the V would freeze more than a V plus (which I have). From my experience freezing normally occurs during transfers, not on playback. The player that froze a hell of a lot for me was the Zen Vision: M. Mostly during large transfers and sometimes during actual use.
For more stability, I suggest using just one syncing or transfer method beit windows or creative. Just use one and let it do all the work. Later on, I started using windows media player to sync files and it works well enough. No hanging or anything. And I didn't need to install anything either.