Creative Lab's Nomad Muvo2 4GB - Hitting the Mark Right Below Massive Storageby Andrew Ku on May 25, 2004 3:00 AM EST
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Nomad Muvo2 4GB - Biggest of the Creative's UltraportablesThe 4GB version of the Nomad Muvo2 is currently the largest of the Muvo2 line up and Creative's ultraportable MP3 player family. The other Muvo2 models have lower capacities, starting off with 1.5GB, since they utilize CompactFlash cards. The Muvo2 4GB takes a bit of a different approach with a Hitachi 4GB MicroDrive. Since the CompactFlash technology uses NAND memory, it benefits from 100% skip protection. MicroDrive storage cards, on the other hand, have moving parts, so there is a certain limit to the amount of force that it they can take before a drive breaks.
Measuring at 2.64 x 2.62 x .8 inches, it has a nice cube form that feels natural, but not as much as rectangular MP3 players. With the battery pack, it weighs 3.6 ounces (2.8 ounces without battery), which makes it about half the weight of most PDAs.
The only two controls to access this MP3 player are in the front, slightly below the LCD module. The larger of the two is the navigation button that functions to bring up the menu (pushing in), options selection (pushing in after selecting option within menu), volume up/down (toggle up/down), previous/skip tracks (toggle left/right), and menu navigation (toggle left/right). The smaller of the two buttons function as a pause/play button and a power on/off button when pressed for a few seconds.
The Lithium Ion battery pack is housed in a recessed portion on the backside of the Muvo2. We were glad to see that the battery was of the Lithium Ion variety, mainly because of the benefits of constant recharging.
We really enjoy the concept of a removable rechargeable battery because this brings back the ability of swapping batteries to increase battery life. No longer is there a need to stop and wait for a recharge before use; if you have a space battery, swapping in and out makes recharging a second thought.