I picked up my GoGear for a little over £50 on ebay over a year ago and thought that was a decent price for an mp3 player with video playback capability and 16GB storage. It was, admittedly, factory reconditioned but if that knocks a nice chunk off the price then that's fine with me. I also liked the design of the device-very slimline, satisfyingly weighty and with a well-made feel.
As a straightforward mp3 player the sound quality is decent enough. I am not very demanding when it comes to mp3 players and don't require them to be brimming with features as I just use my player for train journeys and jogging, so if it works, it works. However there were quite a few issues with the player that I feel I should draw attention too.
The navigation is not fantastic. Scrolling through the menus would often jump, skip and stick in an irritating way meaning it would take a bit of fiddling to select the piece of music I wanted to listen to. Obviously for the price I wasn't going to get something as intuitive as an ipod interface but this grated.
The video playback, which admittedly wasn't my main reason for buying the player, only accepts WMA format, which none of my videos are in. As I'm no fan of squinting at tiny little screens to watch my favourite TV series anyway this didn't cause me too much of a problem but I would warn anyone buying this for the playback capability to bear this in mind as while you can convert your files to WMA the process is irritating and considering other Philips GoGear players seem to play a variety of formats from reviews I've seen it's an irritating quirk that the playback is so limited. File formats for music playback are limited to mp3 and wma as well, which is okay 90% of the time but an occasional irritation.
Like most mp3 players you can play radio and record through the device. No complaints here, both are easy to use and the recording is nice and clear.
One problem I had which may just have been my unit-my player froze 3 or 4 times when I first bought it and I had to reset it by sticking a paperclip in a tiny hole in the side like a tamagotchi. This was frustrating and I was on the verge of sending it back but in the end this suddenly righted itself. I cannot say why this happened and may be because it was factory reconditioned. However, in the long term it hasn't caused me any further problems.
The bundled headphones are rubbish but this is par for the course, it's rare you get a decent pair with and mp3 player and I had some decent ones on hand to use.
All in all for £50 I couldn't complain and it does everything I require from a player, but if you want something special from your mp3 player I'd look elsewhere and spend some more cash. For someone who wants to watch videos and have a nice amount of storage space though it's a bargain
I bought my first Philips OPUS 16GB player in March, and liked it so much that decided to buy another one for my partner or for future gift purposes(I got a really good deal on it, on a the most famous auction site on the planet). I paid £69.99 + free postage.
Firstly, I'm actually an engineer and trained musician who LOVES music and works with sound for healing purposes too(advanced hobbies :) ). I have also worked in professional audio for a well-known Japnese company, so know a thing or two abuot all things Audio, Sound and Acoustics.
Anyways, this player is excellent(for the price I paid), given it''s 2.8" screen which I used ot watch the HIghlander movie, whilst out and about.
The sound quality is OK - I wouldn't call it "the best" on the market(especially given the marketting for th eproduct using terms such as FullSound and all that).
The User interface is pretty good and easy to use(for non techies alike).
You also get digital F.M radio with auto-tuning, and a good few other useful features, but mainly the Music playing on this player is good. About 8/10, I would say.
Unfortunately, the 2nd player, when I started using it recently seems to have problems , once the storage space is nearly filled (16 GB capacity). It freezes occassionaly and well.. I've had my moments with it! So oversall, I'm not sure if I'd go for this same MODEL(not brand) again.. :)
When my old fav Shiro MP3 player aged last month. I began to search for another QUALITY replacement. After having auditioned some hot brands and models,such as Ipod, Sony. All r back with Disappointments and Doubts.Being an audiophile for almost 20 years, mainly enjoy tube gears all the time,i would say new Philips GoGear SA5285-8GB is close to my reference, CONFIDENTLY. It matches my Koss portapro headphone so well in terms of Musicality, Smooth airy hi,warm mid and powerful bass which other brands lack of. Soundstage and separation r open and detail!(Ipod is too light and tame,Sony is too warm and muffle)Have direct comparison today! Trust ur ears,but not the brands and price tags!GoGear is underated in many reviews. A real best sound MP3 player value for money!