How is the readability of the Clip Zip when compared to the Clip+?
I find the readability on the Clip Zip acceptable.
Comparing the 2 players, the Clip+ uses a bright, almost neon blue text on the screen, enhancing the text readability. The Clip Zip uses a white text which is a trifle less easy to see, but the album info. text is in a slightly larger text size than on the Clip+ and there is a grayed out band under that text and over the album art, making up for the white text and making the Clip Zip’s text a bit easier to read, in my opinion–and it looks kind of snazzy.
I find this to be the case indoors as well as outdoors, both in the shadows and in the sun; the Clip Zip, while harder to read outdoors as versus indoors–just like the Clip±-is no moreso than the Clip+, in my opinion.
A few extra points, though:
– the Clip Zip’s top line on the screen, which shows the time, a play/pause symbol, and a battery icon, is underlaid with a gray band over the album art, which is a lighter shade of gray than the gray band undeneath the album info; in my opinion, that top band of gray should be darker, like the band under the album info.–the time and other info. on the top of the screen can be harder to see/read with the lighter-shaded gray band
– note that the Clip Zip’s what’s playing screen for music does not have the track no./total tracks info. that the Clip+ has–helpful and necessary for keeping your place in album play–and does not have the Clip+'s screen’s elapsed time info. (or a total time/remaining time indication); I really would like to see these items come back/be added in
– answering another of your questions, while the Clip+'s music listing screen shows 4 lines of text–the heading and 3 lines of user content data–the Clip Zip, nicely through its larger screen, shows 6 lines–the status line (time, play/pause mode, battery icon), the heading (e.g. Albums, Artists, etc.) in a larger text size, and 4 lines of user content data; perhaps SanDisk could have made that 5 lines of user content data on the Clip Zip by eliminating the top status line and making the heading line smaller.
Hope that helps–