If the Creative Zen Micro is the “good” of new 5GB MP3 players then the Virgin Player seems to be both the “bad” and the “ugly”.
It doesn’t look like anything special, too much un-shiny plastic, the navigation isn’t very good, and at the end of the day to my eyes it’s just not sexy in the way that the iPod mini is.
I do like the dual headphone socket features but at the end of the day that’s about all this MP3 player has going for it.
I expected more in the way of exciting design from Richard Branson and the company that put classy bars and double beds in boeing 747s and is going into space as Virgin Galactic.
5 hands on photos below.