Despite working behind enemy lines, when it comes to personal purchases, I'll buy what I feel is best suited for my needs.
In this case, I was looking for a good MP3 player. It needed to store a large amount of music, and if it could do video, all the better. Several weeks ago, with many hours to spend on a plane (and, although I didn't know it at the time, many, many hours spent in an airport), I was leaning more towards a video model as it would pass the time more quickly.
I almost went for an Apple iPod that could do video ... but, after a lot of research and playing with the several devices, I went with a Creative Zen Vision:M.
The 30GB video iPod is nice, but I think -- given my requirements -- the Zen Vision:M is the better device. The iPod is superior in size (smaller, naturally) -- the Zen is thicker, and if you carry the device in your pocket, the difference would be noticeable.
But, the Zen Vision:M's screen is far superior. It's almost unbelievable how vibrant the images are. Ripping DVDs or TV shows and uploading them is a snap. The battery life is superior, too -- frankly, I'd give up the extra width to have the additional battery life, but not everyone would do so.
The biggest selling point for me, though, is the ability to use DRM-based subscription music. (Now for a DRM rant: I don't dislike DRM music conceptually ... I actually like it. What I hate about DRM is the overbearing restriction and compatibility issues. It can be quite annoying.) It's no problem to download and transfer music to my device as part of my subscription.
The device is quite slick. I had no problem with the volume watching a TV show I transferred to the device while on an airplane, and the extra battery life was crucial.
I haven't always been a fan of Creative's products, but I think this one is a winner.