Hmm.. I have a 40G Nomad Zen Xtra, had it about 3 months.
It has great features, great sound, all of that important stuff. It’s bigger than an iPod to be sure, and not as slick. My biggest complaint about it is the UI. You have to go through so many clicks to get anything done that I often just give up and shuffle my whole collection.
Example (to queue up two tracks):
Click in the little thumb wheel or push menu.
Click “Music Library”
Scroll to “Albums”, click
Scroll to First Album, click.
Scroll to “Open..” from pop-up menu (default choice is “Play now”), click.
Scroll to Song, click.
Scroll to “Add to play..” from pop-up menu (default choice is “Play now”), click.
So far that’s 7 clicks to play one track. Repeat to queue up another track, assuming it’s on a different album.
(Note that this is the thumbwheel version, not the new “Touch” version, which may speed things up.)
While it seems like a small thing, this is my interface with the machine and it often drives me nuts. Seems to me the wheel on an iPod is just the best possible way to scroll through many items very quickly.
Anthony (In Progress 3)