Product Type: Philips MP3 players
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Philips GoGear RaGa SA1943A 4 GB
Member Name: Innocent_Girl
Philips GoGear RaGa SA1943A 4 GB
Date: 13/10/12, updated on 16/10/12 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Quick & Easy to Use, Very Light, All Big Audio Formats Supported, Pink Colour, Quick to Charge
Disadvantages: None so far,
The first thing that impressed me was the low price range, you can pick one of these up from £29.99- £45 depending on which retail outlet you prefer to shop at. This is fantastic value for money in 2012, since any official Ipod brand, will fetch you on average well over £100-150.
Secondly the sound quality is exceptionally high, I borrowed my friends mid-range Ipod to do a sound comparison and I couldn't tell the difference, even with the same headphones. If anything, I slightly preferred the Philips. I toggled through all the 6 preset sound, equalizer settings which ranged from Classical, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Techno and Rock. You have the option to turn all of these settings off, which I did, I like to hear my music with crystal and pure likeness, although it's all down to personal preferences. There was also a built-in FM Radio which I've almost never used, which according to the manual can store up to 20 preset channels but I preferred to manually tune, with the couple of attempts I randomly tried.
Next is capacity, which is 4gb with my model, although I heard it goes up 8gb as well. According to the literature, it can hold 900 tracks at one time and go for 22 hours on a single, full battery charge. The battery charges really quickly, much quicker than my old model. A 5 minute charge will give you an hour playback. You can either charge through your laptop or computer with the USB stick provided, or buy a separate charger. I got a charger off Amazon for £5 which did the job perfectly. You can also check the MP3 player screen at any time to check how full the battery is. It automatically stops charging when it's full.
The device comes with the standard 1 year warranty. There's a reset switch on the bottom of the mp3 player, which you can hold, with a pen preferably, since it's slightly hidden, which resets the device. I've had to use it once over 800 hours of playback since the screen and player froze and I couldn't even switch off normally that one time. Apart from that, it's been absolutely perfect, with no major glitches or faults.
The screen is really easy to see, I like that it goes into sleep mode after 10 seconds, to preserve battery life, when you are playing it. This is a feature that is frustratingly left out of most Mp3 player I've tried in the past.
The audio formats that the Philips Gogear plays and supports fully are MP3, WAV, WMA, APE and FLAC. Philip players are one of the few players to support WAV formats fully. I had an old, audiobook in WAV format, which I needed to listen to for my English classes and nothing else I had tried, would play it, including big name brands like Creative or Sony. FLAC is a great asset, since so much is released in this format now, it's almost essential in 2012, unless you have an audio converter, which can be pretty complex, especially for a girl.
Lastly, the Philips Gogear is very quick and easy to set up. I had it playing music within 5 minutes out of taking it from the packaging. It's so easy to just drag and drop music files into the folder, like a regular USB stick. Installing any custom software is completely optional, it's nice to have the choice and not be restricted in any shape or form. The mp3 player apparently supports all versions of Windows including 7, the one I'm using on my laptop, as well as Vista, XP and dare I say, anything older than this that has a USB slot. I bought this 5 months ago and it still works just as good as when I first got it. I highly recommend this to anyone, there are quite few other colours out there, for any guys, that are thinking of buying as well.
Summary: The Perfect MP3 Player.
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