The Zen Stone and Stone Plus was successful when first released in terms of price and features- giving them an edge over the iPod Shuffle. Since then the Sansa Clip and the price cut of the Shuffle have given the Stones more noticeable competition, so it was a pretty good move by Creative when they recently upgraded both Stones to new versions with better battery and an integrated speaker.
The upgrade is noticeable, but not all of the previous model’s flaws have been fixed. The menus are still slow, and the music browsing hasn’t been improved. Read on to see if the new features make up for the bad.