The Philips GoGear HDD6320 is undoubtedly one of the more stylish MP3 players on the market. The blue LED lights on the front display and the bright colour presentation on the screen ensure that this product stands out from the crowd. The playback through the provided earphones is very clear, and the earphones are far more durarle and hard wearing than the classic Ipod earphones that I have previously used. Despite the stylish appearance and fantastic playback of this MP3 player, I have to say that I was considerably disappointed when, after only 6 months of ownership, the interior screen broke and the display worsened considerably. I found it almost impossible to view the content on the screen. After contacting Phillip's to ask about a repair, I was informed that such a repair would cost £115 - a considerable amount greater than the current market value of this product. Although initially delighted with this product, I have to say that the fault that arose after such a short period has lessened my opinion of this GoGear jukebox.
Upon first glance, the Philips HDD 6320 lead anyone to assume that it was an Ipod. It has a 55 millimetre screen which is quite large, it is a transflective backlit colour display TFT display screen. This supports photos, but not videos. The quality of the screen is quite good, but it could be better and higher quality, in spite of that its perfect for viewing photos.
In terms of its built quality, it has been constructed well and sturdily, meaning the player is capable of withstanding the occasional knock or drop. Even after a few drops the player still worked fine, without any problems. To add to the player's durability, a supplied protective pouch keeps the player safely and securely.
When using the supplied headphones it provided quite a good sound, however it felt that it was leaking and that the environment sounds had distort it slightly. Upon using an additional pair of headphones, more specifically in-ear headphones, it produced slight better sound, but more importantly it solved the problem of sound escaping and environment sound.
The player is very user friendly, mainly due to the use of its touch sensitive buttons, which some users might find slightly hard to adapt to. Its file transfer speed is reasonably fast, on average taking about 1.8 seconds to upload 10 megabytes of audio files.
The software provided is relatively straightforward and easy to use, furthermore the player can also be synchronised with Windows Media Player. The player supports audio files in the WAV, WMA and MP3 format.
In addition to the typical features, the player also boost a voice recorder which can be useful. Sadly, it does not have radio capabilities. In terms of battery stamina, it provides about 16 and a half hours of continuous audio playback, this is only acceptable, since it would be expected for a player of this size to have a much better battery stamina. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge the player.
This mp3 player has fallen between two stools a bit, which is unfortunate since judged solely as an mp3 player, it's definitely a great product: it looks very smart, and has touch-sensitive controls; the 30GB capacity is more than enough for most people's music collection; it's got it has a colour screen so you can look at your photos; and of course you can play music.
The only thing is, at the prices it tends to go for, it's not far off iPod price, and if you're comparing it to an iPod, then its features don't quite hold up as well - a slightly larger screen or video capability would be appreciated, and the FM radio doesn't work in every country, so check that out beforehand.
Having said that, the sound quality is very good and it's certainly a good quality mp3 player. It does tend to have problems with Windows Media Player 11 as I found out, and the Philips website does say it doesn't support Vista, but if those aren't issues then it's well worth considering if you want a stylish mp3 player that you'll only need for playing music.
At last - a non-iPod, large memory, reliable mp3 player, with the necessary features required by any music fan. The GoGear HDD6320 is an outstanding device, unlike any I have ever experienced. The touch sensitive key pad makes it very easy to scroll from song to song, the multi-preset sound settings allow for a personal sound, not least enhanced by the option of a graphic equaliser or the exclusive SRS WOW effect, found as an enhancement in Windows Media Player. With optional photo storage, album art display, arrangement by genre, playlist, song, album or artist, the ability to record via the mic or input line, and even the ability to scroll to the next song ready to be played after the Now Playing song has finished, the GoGear is a very superior piece of technology, a worthy purchase, and with the capacity to hold most music-collectors' library in one place, I would seriously recommend this for all you out there who don't have the cash, motive or love of the dominant iPod generation of players.