WHAT WE LIKED: At first glace, the Ziio looks nice and sturdy. The proprietary user interface is neat. In true Creative tradition, the sound output is superb. The Froyo upgrade ensures device supports Flash and browsing, despite the resistive touchscreen, is not too bad. Ziio offers wirelessly music streaming to other wireless devices over Bluetooth and apt-x . Video output via the HDMI out is standard. WHAT WE DIDN’T: Ziio has a resistive touchscreen and misses out on multitouch. Hence, the requirement for an accompanying stylus. Display quality is just about passable. The screen image appears slightly recessed below the surface and doesn’t offer great viewing angles. While it runs Android 2.2, there’s no Android Marketplace integration. To download apps, you need to go to
the Creative site. Else get them from the wild by altering a few settings to allow installation of non-android Market apps. Ziio also lacks 3G connectivity. While it has a mail application which you can use over Wifi, there is not too much you can do with this tablet other than use it for listening to music and watching video. It features only a front facing camera. The battery lasts between 5 and 6 hours. VERDICT: Launched over a year ago, the Ziio is a device that is quite past its prime. Apart from a good, sturdy body and superior build, there is little that it offers that exalts it enough to be recommended. It is also tough to ignore the fact that the price of the device—though ranging from $200-230 in the Us—is set a little too high in India. Too much for too little.