Compared to the 2GB Stone Plus, this player lacks a screen as well as other functions like a FM receiver and dictating recorder, none of which are essential for the core function of playing music, and from what I gather are of dubious quality. As for the 1GB capacity on this one, it is perfectly adequate and takes a dozen albums at 192Kbps. With battery life of up to 10 hours you'll just about get to play ten or twelve albums before a recharge is required via the supplied USB. At this point you'll probably be updating the music on the player anyway, so higher memory capacity is a bit redundant.
I chose the black version and it is the typical glossy plastic, piano black type of finish, which is very smart but will collect scratches if not handled with care. The optional silicone skin would help here, but the player would be hidden away, and it really ought not to be.
File transfer is straightforward with Windows Media Player 11 or the downloadable Creative Media Lite. Transfer speeds are good. Albums can be transferred in their folders, meaning you can skip an album using the slide control on the player. The regular play/pause, fast forward/rewind, change track all work a treat. The LED flashes, stays steady, and changes colour to indicate various states of charge and use, and the lack of a screen is not a problem here.
The sound quality is superb and I cannot fault it at all, although this is when listening with Sennheiser HD202 closed back headphones. The supplied in-ear earphones are uncomfortable and have very poor sound; rendering everything tinny, indistinct and very unpleasant. You will not be doing the player justice without good ear/headphones.
If you're contemplating this or the 2GB Stone Plus, I'd advise that unless you really need the additional functions and capacity, choose this 1GB model and spend the difference on headphones or music.