ZEN Touch 2 Review

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PROS / We loved all the extra features that are included with this MP4 player.

CONS / This player really needs more storage space.

VERDICT / It has many features, including internet access and apps, that make it comparable to the iPod touch.

Although the Creative ZEN Touch 2 MP4 player is known for its remarkable audio quality, what really impressed us was the vast array of features available on this device. Don’t get us wrong; the audio is indeed exquisite, but we loved how this device also acts as a video player, picture viewer, eBook reader, camera, video camera and internet tablet. Some other notable features include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in speaker
  • TV output
  • Built-in microphone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Android apps
  • Games
  • MicroSD card slot

The 2-megapixel camera on this MP4 player takes high-resolution pictures and film. Since the ZEN Touch 2 is connected to the internet, you can upload pictures straight onto your favorite social media sites. On the MP4 player, you can view your pictures as thumbnails or a slideshow.

The Bluetooth allows you to play your music on wireless speakers and wireless headphones, as well as any other Bluetooth-enabled device. The built in-speaker and TV output are more features that allow you to easily share the music, movies and pictures on your MP4 player with all your friends and family.

If you’re not an Apple lover, you’re in luck – this MP4 player has many features that are comparable to those of the iPod Touch. Much like the iPod Touch, this MP4 player gives you complete access to the internet wherever you are. The Android OS also lets you download countless apps and games. Even if you are an Apple loyalist, the extras on this device may tempt you.

For an extra fee, you can buy a ZEN Touch 2 with GPS and FM radio capabilities.

The ZEN Touch 2 has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, which is slightly larger than the average screen found on video players. The resolution is 480 x 240. The screen size and the resolution will both contribute to creating an exciting movie-watching experience, no matter where you are. Unfortunately, the touchscreen is not as responsive as we would have hoped.

This MP4 player is sold with 8GB or 16GB of storage space. If you eventually want to add drive space, and we suspect you will, you can buy a microSD card and insert it into the side of this device. Many other video players have 32GB, 64GB or more of drive space. The ZEN’s small storage space is why it ranks lower than many products in our comparison.

The ZEN Touch 2 will play H.264, MPEG-4, AVI and WMV video files. The audio files this device is compatible with include ACC, MP3, WAV, Audible, WMA, VBR, OGG, ADPCM and MIDI. We are impressed with the wide range of audio formats that this MP4 player plays. We do wish this device could play more video files, specifically DivX, which is a popular movie format.

Creative provides a knowledgebase, user guide and an online forum to help users find answers to their questions or connect with other users. If you need additional help, you can also contact Creative through their email support.


This MP4 player makes us wonder why we should settle for just watching movies and listening to music. Even if these are the main functions we value in a portable media player, it doesn’t hurt to have all the extras, such as internet access and apps, that come with the Creative ZEN Touch 2.