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Philips GoGear SA3025 2 GB

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      26.04.2012 12:49



      Good for the price

      The philips gogear 2gb is a mp3 player by phillips, with a small screen, and 5 buttons on the front, and a volume and lock buttons on the sides.
      The cost to me was I think somewhere in the region of £30-£40 (it was a fair few years ago), and at the time it was the cheapest MP3 player they had which had a colour screen (I believe at the time it was from argos).

      So, inital thoughts.
      The plastics do feel a little cheap, and it doesn't feel like the most robust thing in the world. I imagine if you dropped water on it, that would be the end of it, but I have never tried or done it, so I cannot comment on whetether or not this is truely the case. On the entire front of the MP3 player there is some sort of shiny plastic, which actually protects it from scratches in your pocket. It does sort of help.

      The headphones supplied are just normal standard plastic headphones, no noise cancelling or anything like that.

      The sound quality is pretty good though, and the battery life is also good. I used my own headphones and the sound quality was good. Nothing special but ok.

      The screen however is small, and the MP3 player doesnt play MP4 format videos, only WVA. However it can also take a long time for any videos to tranfer from PC to the player via the data cable. Furthermore the poor quality screen means watching videos isnt really worth all the hassle of downloading the video, converting it (the supplied converter on the disc isnt good, and i could never get it to work, instead I downloaded one from online, and used it to convert videos).

      Now I am not a huge music fan, so I have plenty of room left for more music, videos etc etc, but I do sometimes also use this as a sort of USB device, just bringing the cable along.

      To charge the MP3, you can either plug in to a PC (suplpied), or you have to buy your own wall/car charger. This I found a bit annoying as you only charge from PC as long as the computer is on. I would recommend buying a charger (incidently, motorola phones use a USB2 to charge, so i use my old motorlla charger to charge this).

      The MP3 is very easy to use, and the buttons are very responsive. You never feel like you have to wait for things to happen, and the screen is easily visible in all but the brightest of glare.

      So in summary:
      This is I feel a pretty average MP3 player. Works fine, does everything you request of it, but doesnt excell at anythign inparticular. Videos aren't really worth the effot, but in general its a very good price, so I would like to give it 4 stars on account of its cheap price, and I have had it for some time now, and it still works fine, indicating that it is probably very reliable.


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