I have had a fair few mp3 players over the years and this particular player is one of the first that I actually owned. I have owned maybe three MP3 players from Philips and they have all been decent products. The GoGear SA1942 was clearly marketed as a rival to the Ipod Nano from Apple and other similar devices. It is ideal for someone who wants to carry around a decent sized collection of albums in a small sized package. The SA1942 has a 4GB capacity & stores up to 900 MP3 songs. You can find the device online for around £25 which is a bargain in my opinion. Excellent value for kids who have their first mp3 player or adults who just want something that does the job well for not much money.
**In the box**
When you open the box you will find that the MP3 Player comes with some earphones, A manual and a CD which includes the software for the device which is basically like Philips version of Windows Media Player. It allows you to charge the player via the usb cable and upload tracks. The software works okay but if you use the Player regularly I would recommend using windows media player or just dragging and dropping your files into the relevant folders to save time and make the process more simple. The earphones aren't too great so it would be advisable to upgrade them for better sound quality and to get the best from the device. So all in all it's a small device in a small package.
The GoGear SA1942 is an excellent little MP3 Player for the money. If you have a more expensive player but want a second smaller device but still require quality sound then this one is really ideal. The player can play both MP3 and WMA files which should be fine for most needs. Battery life is particularly impressive with a maximum of 27 hours being achievable on a full charge. The screen is a little small but is fairly easy to read and the controls are again fairly easy to use. You have all the usual scrolling and up and down options here. The sound quality with a good pair of headphones is very good for the price. There's plenty of bass power and the treble is also good. The slight drawback with the sound is sometimes it can get a bit shaky when loud but that is expected from the cheaper players.
This is not a player than will astonish with it's sound quality and overall package but what it will do is surprise some who wouldn't expect as decent a level of sound quality as you actually get. It has it's flaws yes but it makes up for those as it puts in a strong all round performance for the price. I had a lot of use out of mine and would consider buying a new one if I found the need for a really small device again. It's bettered by more expensive players but that doesn't mean it's a bad player as it certainly isn't bad. It's good in fact. It also has a competent microphone that allows you to use it as a voice recorder for speaking notes or whatever you need it for. If you are looking for a small mp3 player for not much money and have a decent pair of headphones then give this player a go.
This may not be the most stylish-looking MP3 player, but in every other way it's more than a match for far more expensive alternatives. Sound quality is good enough if your headphones are up to it, syncing from PC is a doddle, The buttons are easy to use, and lasting up to 27 hours on a single charge is a boon - lasts a month of fairly typical usage. It's had 2 1/2 years of heavy usage including dozens of charges, been dropped a few times, and yet it's never missed a beat. One minor niggle is that track file names are displayed on the scrolling screen rather than Media Player data - if a file name is badly arranged the display can fade out before it even gets to the title (MP3s bought from eMusic are worst for this). Otherwise, a high quality product from a fairly hit-and-miss company.