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      15.02.2011 21:49
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      Perfect for me, I don't regret buying it at all

      This mp3 player offers you great MP3 and WMA playback, at a relatively cheap price. You also get reception from roughly 20 different radio stations and you can watch video clips (in 220 x 176 pixels) as long as they are the correct format. The 1.8" colour screen gives you great photo viewing and easy navigation with the icons having a modern 3D touch to them. The 4GB memory offers you around 20 hours of playback (depending on volume and various other things)

      This product with me
      I bought this product about 2 years ago and although at times it has been a pain in the backside, I don't regret buying it. It is a light, compact MP3/4 player which does the same thing as an I-Pod (in my opinion) for a much cheaper price. However I found that when I put over 2gb of files onto it, it started to freeze quite frequently and I had to reset it which was a chore in itself (the reset button is tiny and really difficult to get too, but I guess I can understand that), as each time I reset it, it would take forever to load back up again.

      Durability
      Over the years it has been through more than just a few bumps and scrapes, it has been trodden on, threw about, dropped into a sink (only for a few seconds and it was in a silicon case) and it still works well.

      Sound quality
      The sound quality is great and it has a customisable equaliser which is great, as my music taste is very open, it is difficult to get a good setting for all the genres of music; however with the customisable equaliser it is relatively simple to get the bass behind the drum & bass songs, and the kick behind the rock songs. I bought some Panasonic headphones for this MP3 player as I do not like the standard ones, and the sound quality is even better. 10/10

      Picture Quality
      The picture quality is magnificent, each image I have ever put onto here has looked exactly the same, with very little pixilation. Also there is a slideshow feature which allows you to easily show off your pictures with friends and family. The pictures themselves are very easy to put on there as a default folder for pictures has been made for you, and images themselves aren't too difficult to change the format of. 10/10

      Video Quality
      I cannot provide you with accurate feedback on the video function as I have not used the video function yet, as I fail every attempt at putting a video on as it is not the correct file type/format and I have no idea how to change it, I assume if it is anything like the picture quality and sound quality (which it should be) it would be great. However I cannot give a rating as it would be poorly judged and unfair.

      Aesthetics
      The MP3 player itself is fairly standard; it is light (just over 50g), relatively slim (about 9-10mm) and is easy to hold. The layout of the buttons is fairly simple to get the hang off, and the arrow buttons are in a circle, which is relatively small (I assume it could be difficult if you have big fingers). The 'Philips' logo is printed below the screen and has a pearlescent finish (the colour changes depending on the angle light hits it).

      Would I recommend it?
      I would highly recommend this product if you are looking for a cheap product that can play music, store pictures, and has video playback. With the release of the I-Pod Touch this product is overlooked as it cannot hold applications like the I-Pod touch. However does the same thing in terms of music and pictures, also in my opinion I think the sound quality is far better on this MP3 than on an I-Pod. It has lasted me a good 2 years and I still use it now, it fits in your pocket perfectly and can hold all your music, what more could you want ?

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        27.04.2010 23:54
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        Not all small things arrive in big packages

        I'm not a keen fan of inventive technology however simple it appears to be, and so went looking for an MP3 download player in Argos. I was amazed at just how expensive these little wizard gadgets can be (the more select brands) even though many do have video features and other complimentary tools I wouldn't have a clue where to start with the more sophisticated ones.

        However, I had to remind myself that I had only ever used a tape cassette player in the past, so I didn't want anything that was difficult to understand and set up from awkward instruction, or too ambitious for my needs.

        I attempted to ask a customer service assistant about how to go about choosing a first time buy MP3 music downloading device and she didn't appear to acknowledge the point of my question and so began pointing out the best deals on IPOD/MP3s and explained how really simple they are and user-friendly. I didn't doubt her expertise though still didn't feel confident about choosing something that I would spend days gaining indepth knowledge. I was in the store for approximately 45 minutes before I made a careful selection of which download player I was going to buy.

        Typically, it was the thought of my purse losing it's whole one week content that influenced me to buy the cheapest MP3 player they stocked (despite) the fact that it would still leave me relatively thick about 'top brand' ones. This was irrelevant to my needs at the time and so I resisted temptation on the basis of cost alone. So, my choice came down to a Philips GoGear which resembles nothing like that of any standard MP3 player or IPOD that are often bigger and just averaging (palm-sized) on the hand scale. The current price is £29.99 in Argos, so prices may vary to where else you can buy it from.

        The Philips GoGear is uniquely miniature (half-palm sized) if you like to measure by the hand like I do and comes in a few colours that range from black; red and blue - primary hues with a metallic sheen that makes it that little bit more physically attractive. However, The center face which practically swallows any room for colour: is of ebony black that gives it an overall sophisticated appearance. This is definitely ideal for the pocket in your jeans! -

        Although This MP3 player is a brilliant alternative to the the more pricey ranges based on cost and simplicity of design: does not make it all that fantastic.

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        Great storage capacity.

        Put simply, a GoGear like any other 4GB MP3 player; has the capacity to store something like 20'000 songs depending on the running time and size of file download itself. So for a small device, this has far more storage space than you would expect from any MP3 player of this size. It is therefore deceptively smart and possibly heavily influenced by Japanese manufacturers who are renowned the world over for their minuscule versions of hand-held technology. I like it for this reason alone, though not how it necessarily performs.

        The video aspect of this device is an added bonus if you have plenty of time to watch files as opposed to listen to them but am positive that they are music videos only.

        There are quite a few folders stored on the device in which you can also download and save voice recordings; stories and non-music files such as audiobooks though am yet to experiment with this. In addition; this MP3 player has a radio function which is ideal if you want to listen to the news or sport - another feature of this device that I haven't yet managed to figure out as only like listening to my own choice of music.

        Turns off automatically if not in use and have forgotten to switch it off as well as geared for 'safe' sound listening.

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        Takes time to turn on and has stiff controls.

        You have to press for what seems like a few minutes to either turn the MP3 player on or switch it off manually also aided by the fact that the few controls on the front are stiff as well as annoyingly noise-clicking. This is very frustrating for me and because I dislike waiting for anything (even if it is worth waiting for) - I am impatient I guess!. In actual fact, it takes a second to switch on but several seconds later for the player to initialize (warm up) before it can get going. Once it has configured, it should automatically take you to the song list and you just press the play feature to listen (if you press this same button more than twice; it also alters the volume control to a lower level even if you don't want it to, so this is also hair-pulling! - The + and - symbols are used to control volume so have no idea why pressing the play button too often can lower the volume?

        The most debilitating experience I have ever had is when I first tried to download music and store it onto my player. This was not a simple task let me warn you now if you are new to downloading yourself, it is extremely wise to follow a guide of some description before meddling with files and folders that can affect your hard drive if not careful. The manual guide that comes with this is great at explaining how to install it onto your PC but nothing about how to use the device and download music files for those who can only understand instructions that are pictorial. I need illustrations and lots of them to get something as cannot follow through guides that demand you to know what terms they are using to demonstrate something.

        The other aspect of this player I dislike is that you have to plow through your list of songs before you get to the one you want unless you save your music file under the artists name as opposed to name of the song itself. However, if you are like me and like to listen to random songs by random artists and not albums, then you can and will spend considerable time searching for that one song you are really in the mood to listen to! - I've spent more time browsing for my songs than I have identifying the purpose of what the other files are used for. Lastly, I genuinely loathe the fact that sometimes, whilst downloading music; I find that there are multiple copies of one song that I cannot always delete from the device for reasons I cannot explain.

        If you really are struggling to use the manual guide, then follow the instructions below that I use and works.

        GoGear set up on the computer:

        To first get it installed onto your computer, you will need a connection adapter lead (6 inches long) that should come with the device itself and to insert it into the port either at the front or back of the computer. If you have a desktop computer like me, then you can find it hidden behind a door on the front of the computer that may or may not have a logo (such as Dell) and is positioned right next to the power button that turns your computer power on. If you can plug an Ariel into a television, then this is relatively very simple because the adapter lead will slot someplace into a port that fits it exactly. The bigger end of the adapter goes into the port on PC not the short end.

        Once this has been achieved, you will then discover a tiny socket on the very bottom of your player device. This needs to be connected to the free end of the adapter lead which should fit into the device perfectly. Once you have gotten this far, you will need to wait a few minutes for a windows box to pop up which will be automatically set up to install the player files onto your PC (Once it arrives, just click run/open) and nothing else.

        This will give you a very brief guided tour of your new purchase (but does not explain anything about downloading) music files, so is great for added prestige to your PC but is otherwise defunct in anything else. All you want is for windows to recognize the new device and to store it someplace you can easily gain access to it (After the installation, it automatically saves it to the Hard drive section in my computer file. You do not need to re-install the player once it has been done the first time as it now lives in your computer's memory. The windows box will always pop up every time you plug your player into the adapter lead simply to give the computer instructions as what you would like it to do, such as play the music stored onto your device.

        Downloading music that is easy to understand/follow:

        Now, to download any music; you need to have a real player or other media player running on your computer (you cannot download directly from MP3 sites onto the player itself because the music file first needs to be converted into a readable format that your device can store) - This took me quite some time to understand being technology illiterate!

        What needs to happen is that you download a song say from your favourite MP3 downloading site that should automatically play using your windows media player. Whilst in the media player as the song is playing, to the left of the panel that says now playing: right click on your mouse that gives you a list of commands. Click on (open file location) which will then open up the document the file has been automatically stored in. Right click on the file and choose the 'copy' option. After you have done this and still following my instructions without getting confused or lost; go to start which is located at the very left bottom of your computer. Open my computer file - You should see the following:

        Floppy disk drive; removable disk (this is usually your Internet dongle) CD Drive (D) Philips GoGear device.

        Obviously I haven't put them as you would see them in the lay out, but these are the drives and devices installed on your computer. Double click on the Philips GoGear device and then once again as it appears for the second time in the next list. Once it is open, click on music. Right click the mouse and choose the option 'Paste' - this will save and store the song you downloaded onto your player.

        After much fiddling about trying to send files to other locations and not succeeding, I found this to be the most reliable method of saving music onto my player. There may be other quicker, effective ways of transferring downloads onto your device, but I am reluctant to discover them when this method is tried and tested by me and does the job fantastically and only takes less than a minute.

        Sometimes I encounter the problem when I want to delete multiple copies of one song from my device however can only do this by going into my computer and selecting the Philips Go Gear device and delete from there but this method does not always delete them from the device itself. I have also attempted to delete files from the windows media player in order that unnecessary music files are removed but again, does not always produce the desired result and why I am concerned that my player does not do as I expect of it. However, if you keep plugging away with this process eventually copies of the songs you don't want or need will disappear but can take considerable effort.

        In my overall opinion of this product, aesthetics cannot give the satisfaction a consumer is looking for in an MP3 player, however cute and neat this player is; does not deliver the goods in every capacity. Simple technology at affordable price but nothing spectacularly useful about it other than a music player.

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        14.10.2009 22:38
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        Disappointed by this

        The Go Gear is Phillips response to the excellent ipod and the Sansa mp3 player. I was bought this mp3 player last year and am still undecided about this one.

        Firstly though it allows the standard fare of being playing mp3 files and WMA files but it also allows for video playback. It is nice to have this additional feature on the phone but it definitely comes secondary to the music.

        The screen seems a little but the options are presented in a concise fashion which allows for easy navigation of the various options available to you. The options include playing by artist/all/album. The first thing I noticed when playing music is the sound is surprisingly flat. I adjusted the tone controls and added bass boost to the song. This did provide a more fuller sound but it seemed to do so at the expense of the midrange.

        I thought this might be a problem which might have occurred because this was a poor quality bitrate mp3 file and indeed when I changed to a higher bitrate, there was an improvement but the improvement was not as obvious I was anticipating. While the music was more open it still had the unfortunate feature of sounding quite thin. This became even more apparent when I turned the volume up. As a result of this, the go gear seems to lack presence.

        As for the video feature, again I wasn't particularly impressed. The process of converting the file into a format which will be readable on the go gear seems to take a long time and as for quality of the video it doesn't look very crisp and the contrast seems too low as a result of these weaknesses, it leads to a very unsatisfying viewing experience.

        While the sound is not terrible, it does seem to be decidedly lacking. The gb of storage space will allow you to put plenty of songs onto the mp3 player but the question of whether you would really want is a different matter. In my opinion there is much better out there than this which given it's price doesn't offer a lot.

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        22.07.2009 17:48
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        This is not a player to be used heavily for its video playback

        The Philips SA3245 looks promising at first glance, with its rounded and piano black finish that catches your eye.

        The ergonomic placing of the controls and its sensitivity makes it easy to operate, in addition to the well designed menu structure, making the player user friendly. The task of scrolling thought the menus are quite straightforward and there are a number of ways which you can use to locate in a single track. One of the methods of search even includes album arts that does make it easy to go through hundres of tracks. The quality of the display screen is quite good, however it is slightly reflectie, making it hard to use in bright sunlight.

        When using the supplied headphones, it produces a average quality sound. The bass is decent, but the trebble could be clearer. Being in ear headphones, there is no disortion caused by abnormal levels of background noise. Its file transfer speed is quite amazing, on average taking about a quater of a minute to transfer a few abums. The player supports all audio files in the WAV, WMA and MP3.

        The player also supports photos, it is able to load photos quite quickly. The display screen shows photos in clarity with a high level of detail. The photos can also be viewed as slideshows that allows you to play music in the background. Although the player supports quite wide range of video, you can still convert unsupported video formats with the supplied software. Once you do transfer the videos, the playback quality is not fantastic, which is made worse when using the player in intense sunlight.

        Its battery stamina is quite impresive, on average providing up to 40 hours of continuous audio playback and 5.5 hours of continuous video playback. In order to fully charge the battery, it takes about 2.5 hours, which is quite good.

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        18.06.2009 13:27

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        I got this product for my dad at xmas and have been trying to organise some playlists on it. Just worked out how to do it.When you go to the music folder where all your tunes are, organise them into different folders and name them seperately. Organise the folders like playlists. When you turn on the device go to folder view on the main menu and you'll find all your organised folders and listen to them like you would a playlist. Best I could do.Hope this helps someone.

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        05.01.2009 10:15

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        waste of your money

        Not what you are looking for, most definetly. Ive read alot of reviews and to be honest, i dont know how in the hell they can call this "superb" or "great". I mean, it gets the job done, but theres so much in the way.

        Music wise:
        The volume controls are weird, its like they go up 3 notches every time you want to increase/decease the sound. so itll go really loud/low really quick. Plus, you can only have 1 playlist, that SUCKS. and the headphones dont go to loud.

        Video wise:
        The only real problem is the formating. you HAVE to use thier converter to get the smv format for your videos and it takes a REALLY long time. (ex: a 30 min video will take 40-50 mins)

        Pictures:
        no zoom,flip, nothing. you can look at it, thats about it.

        Please, save your money and get a Creative ZEN.

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        03.11.2008 21:41

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        Very disappointing as I was looking forward to using it, mainly for radio and MP3 files. Transferring files was easy but I could find no way to create playlists - note plural - as indicated on the menu.I contact Philips support. Can I copy existing playlists across? No. Can I create a playlist offline and copy it across? No. Can I create more thatn one playlist on the player itself? No.After what felt like pulling teeth, I finally got the answer that it does not support multiple playlists. How bizarre is that? Why would anyone want a single playlist??So major disappointment but the retail store was good enough to take it back...;-)Pity 'cos I liked it in other respects.

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        20.10.2008 03:01

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        Totally unsuitable for me as the output is unsufficient for car stereos or other external devices. When used with max volume for those - sound quality is distorted, especially on bass range which is limited on the low range too.Loaded with good functions but the basics not done well. Maybe this all is caused by the hearing protection claims.Startup is rather slow too. Like starting a Windows OS. Charging with USB cord only. No independent charger included ie. needs available PC to keep it powered up.Video clips can be played in one format only - conversion from one format only. Video quality acceptable with obvious size limitations.Sorry. Was a very bad deal for me.

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        11.09.2008 18:23
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        a really pleasing, tactile, easy to use product which sounds really good too!

        I was pleased and dismayed to get a Philips go GoGear ! Pleased because I have always wanted something like this, since my old cassette player Walkman, which used to seem the height of fashion! - and dismayed because my partner had a terrible time trying to get music uploaded on to his ipod and i feared it would be difficult too.
        However the Philips GoGear has been a pleasure to use. It is straightforward to register and also fairly easy to read and follow the instructions - and I am a 40 year old technophobe who always puts things off and /or asks others to do it for me!. I find it excellent for waiting at the doctor or dentist and it was great for a long camping holiday, much better than the radio or taking a huge stack of CDs, as in previous years.
        While I haven't done much in the way of loading movies on to the player I did feel i had to put one on and found it to be a very good sound and picture quality. I did find it a bit slow, but some of the time that was just me getting it wrong, though it is made clear what to do.
        The appearance of the GoGear is pleasant although there is a slight lightness, almost tackiness to the feel. But that is in comparison to the old CD walkmans, 80s stack hi-fi systems and wirelesses that I am used to. also I find earphones rather uncomfortable, but then it is easy to swop to comfortable headphones which cover the ears.
        So to sum up; it is simple to get to grips with putting music adn films on; so small, light and convenient, the quality of the sound is excellent and it is a stylish, pleasing design.

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        31.08.2008 23:21
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        Good alt to the Ipod

        This MP3 player is a better and cheaper alternative to the Ipod. It's easer to get music to the MP3 then the Ipod and I think cheaper too. Not only that it has great features such as the ability to read txt files, not you're cup of tea well Im sure the video player and the music to keep you company and if you get fed up of you're own music then you can just listen to the local radio no updates or other devices to upgrade you're MP3 player it's already there. The only small minor problem with this MP3 player is the long upload time when uploading movies, because the MP3 can only play .smv so the movie has to be converted, this does take a long time, so I suggest only upload the movie if you absolutely want it but if not don't. The sound that you get is excellent clear and with the option to have a equalizer to add to you're songs delight and for the music buffs an extra space for a custom setting on the equalizer.

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        18.08.2008 22:30
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        Quality product from Philips

        This MP3 player is very easy to use. I plugged it into my laptop and copied a load of music across without the need to install any software.

        The player itself is small and aesthetically pleasing. The buttons are a little on the small side but do the job. The screen is of reasonable quality but I was disappointed when it didn't play the album art I have attributed to my tags.

        The sound quality is pretty good, even through the free headphones that came without. However, it is much improved when using a decent set.

        The 4gb of space will store a large collection of music. This is easily sufficient to keep you going whilst on holiday. The ease and speed of transfer time means that you won't be put off from changing the songs held on the player from time to time.

        The FM radio included has very good reception and even allows you to record from it if you desire. This is a nice feature but would have been so much better if it included MW too.

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          08.08.2008 01:06
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          Worth trying and hopefully will last a LONG time.

          Man, where do I start? I've had this product since Sunday (August 3, 2008). So far it has given me to problems whatsoever. I was looking for a new mp3 player that wasn't too cheap but also wasn't too expensive. To tell you the truth, this is the most expensive player that I've ever had. I live in the U.S. so here at my local WalMart it was about $74.88. It plays videos that must first be converted to the SMV format. Don't worry as the software for this comes with the player. The player has an internal lithium-ion battery that can last up to around 20 hours for music playback and 8 hours for video playback, so the packaging says. It plays MP3 and WMA encoded music. It can receive FM radio broadcasts and can hold up to 20 frequency presets. To tell you the truth, it was well worth the money. I'm glad that I didn't buy an iPod as I find this product to be much better than the 3rd Generation nano. I've been an mp3 player user off and on since 2006 when I got my first one. It was a 32MB mp3 player that fell apart it two or three weeks, maybe a month. After that I went back to CD players. Later that year on Christmas, I received a 512MB flash memory mp3 player. Fell apart after about 2 months. I waited 'till Christmas of 2007 to get my third player which had 2GB of flash memory but couldn't hold a charge. It was discarded a couple of days later. On the day it was returned, I got a used 2nd generation iPod shuffle that lasted me the rest of the school year and finally died out recently. It was the best I had at the time. While I still used the shuffle I bought a back up player. It was an RCA pearl with 512MB of flash memory. The volume up button stopped working almost two weeks ago. Luckily I had made $80 and was able to buy a new player. I was gonna get a $78 - $79 Creative Zen, but they were all pink and I'm not into pink, no offense to anyone else. So I looked that day for a black player and found this. Cheaper than the Zen and had 2GB more memory than the zen. 4GB is well worth it for me and so far can hold almost my whole mp3 and wma collection. It plugs into my pc with no problems, charges just fine and does not give me too much crap. With Philip's patented FullSound equalizer setting, I'm able to enjoy near CD quality music with little to no distortion. The included ear buds are of the best quality compared to any other pair of ear buds or headphones I've used. Too bad they hurt my ears after a long period of time. Over all, this is a very good product. To see more, you'll have to but it yourself. BTW it's drag and drop so Linux users (and possibly Mac users) can use this product with little trouble I'm sure.

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        Indulge in the best possible audio quality with the Philips GoGear digital audio/ video player SA3245 featuring Philips' patented FullSound technology. Enjoy MP3 and WMA music and view videos on the 1.8" color screen wherever you go.