As an owner of the previous Philips gogear 2gb, I decided to buy an upgrade for a friend and am very happy that I did so. In the same vein as the original it is VERY easy to use,the library is easily organised and syncing and transfering songs between the computer and the player is so simple and it is easy to change songs regularly (and I know a lot of people who can rarely be bothered to update their mp3 players)
The screen is clear and the buttons and controls are very straightforward, not to mention its fantastic compact size.
I was impressed with the battery life and the sound quality. All in all I can't really fault this mp3 player. Obviously it does not have all the flashy capabilities of an ipod but if you want an mp3 player to do what it does best - play music, then this is the one for you.
I am not much of a music listener I must admit. But my organisation has found mp3 players extremely useful to play educational material for students. The course material has been recorded in different languages and is extensive. The courses are conducted mainly in English in several countries around the world. Using mp3 players allows us to also accept students with weak English at any of our educational centres around the world, especially as the Course Teachers are not always multi lingual. We use mp3 players to play the main instructions of key sessions during the day. Individual students in the class with weak English are provided with a mp3 player while the rest of the class listens in English. In the days before we used mp3 players, we would need to send these students to another room for these key sessions to listen to the instructions in their own language on a CD player. This meant that we needed to have as many rooms as the languages we were required to play. And an assistant in each room to monitor the instructions being played. This severely limited the students we could take on courses.
We currently use Apple's iPod Shuffles and Nanos, Philips GoGear and Sony Walkman.
GoGear is quite easy to use. Downloading your files onto is also very easy (unlike for Apple's iPods where you have to upload your files first into the iTunes library). Just plug the player's connecting lead into a USB port of your computer and drag and drop the files into this external drive. I usually just select my files, right click on them and then choose 'send to 'x' drive'. You can easily organise your files into albums and play lists. As we have classroom style sessions to play we organise our files into day-wise and then time-wise for each day. Very handy! Sometimes some confusion can occur if you copy it into the wrong folder. After I have copied my files and unplugged from the comp, I always cross check to see if all my sessions have been copied into the right places.
The player is easy to operate too, almost intuitive! All the buttons you need are on the display screen itself which explains why it has such a compact design. When I first lay my hands on it I though it was a very smart thing to do to put the controls on the screen itself. If you press the top of the screen it scrolls you up and if you press the bottom of the screen it scrolls you down and left and right similarly. It has a lock button, volume control and usb ports on the sides. And a clip on the back.
The port for the connecting lead has a small hole-plug attached which also is a good idea as it keeps it clean. The port is a bit cumbersome to use though as the pin doesn't slip in unless you have just the right angle. I have found this to be very easy on Apple iPods.
You can personalise it with different background themes, colours and pictures though I have not used this much.
The sound is very good and comparable to the iPods. We don't use the provided earphones much as the sound tends to spill out disturbing students sitting nearby. We provide our students with Sennheiser ear cups as they prevent the sound from spreading out.
My organization purchased many units of these for about £ 35-39 four or five months ago. I don't know who the supplier was.
Apple's iPods look sleeker but are also very expensive. This player from Philips does the same things for less and also comes at a reasonable price. And has stylish looks as well.